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.