Graduate Architecture

ACADIA 2022: Hybrids & Haecceities

Thursday, October 27, 2022Saturday, October 29, 2022
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Annenberg Center at Penn, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Meyerson Hall at Penn, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia

ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) was formed for the purpose of facilitating communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science. ACADIA is committed to the research and development of computational methods that enhance design creativity, rather than simply production, and that aim at contributing to the construction of humane physical environments.

Organized by conference chairs and Weitzman faculty members Masoud Akbarzadeh, Dorit Aviv, Hina Jamelle, and Robert Stuart-Smith, the 2022 conference takes as its theme Hybrids & Haecceities, which seeks novel approaches to design and research that dissolve binary conditions and inherent hierarchies in order to embrace new modes of practice. Haecceities describe the qualities or properties of objects that define them as unique. Concurrently, Hybrids are entities with characteristics enhanced by the process of combining two or more elements with different properties. In concert, these terms offer a provocation toward more inclusive and specific forms of computational design.

ACADIA's panels and keynotes are free and open to the public:

Wednesday, October 26, 5:30pm, B01 Auditorium, Meyerson Hall
Workshop Colloquium presented by Workshop Chair Andrew Saunders

Thursday, October 27, 5:45pm, Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center
Hybrids and Haecceities Prologue Panel with Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Rashida Ng, Marcos Cruz, moderated by Conference Chair Robert Stuart-Smith

Opening Reception on Thursday, October 27, 7:15pm, Grand Lobby, Annenberg Center
Weitzman Architecture Faculty and ACADIA Project Exhibition on view October 27–29

Friday, October 28, 6:15pm, Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center
Design Excellence Award Keynote with Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon

Saturday, October 29, 4:15pm, Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Architectural Design with Antoine Picon

Saturday, October 29, 5:30pm, Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center
Hybrids and Haecceities Epilogue Panel: New Technologies and their Effect on Architectural Design and Culture with Jenny Sabin, Andrew Kudless, Ferda Kolatan, Antoine Picon, moderated by Conference Chair Hina Jamelle

View a full schedule of ACADIA 2022 on the conference website.


If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.