conference 2023

Productive-Disruptive: spaces of exploration in-between architectural pedagogy and practice

aae conference 2023

The seventh international sesquiannual conference of the aae will be held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

12-15th July 2023

visit the conference website at association-of-architectural-educators-conference-2023

The aae Conference 2023 will bring together architectural academics, students, practitioners and built environment stakeholders to collectively question the productive/disruptive capacity of ‘gaps’ between architectural education, architectural practice, and current social, economic and environmental challenges.

The relationship between architectural pedagogy and practice has been under review ever since their formalisation. As architectural educators at the Welsh School of Architecture, we have witnessed a shift amongst Master’s students returning from a year out in practice. More of their design and research projects are interrogating the adequacy of architectural education and practices’ responses to global crises in environment, race, economy, health, equality and justice. Their critiques and sense of urgency extend beyond questions of gaps between pedagogy and practice, framing broader requisites of ethical practice.

The question of whether graduating students are ready for practice is thus now increasingly interwoven with the question of whether practice is ready for them.

  • How might the gap between architectural education and architectural practice be probed to productively expose and disrupt ways of working which are no longer fit for purpose?
  • What are potential intermediary roles in proposing effective drivers for change?
  • How can architectural education, including curriculum design, evolve to better address the issues and challenges that cities and societies face?

Key dates

The conference will have on-site, live-streaming and online paper and workshop sessions, and will encourage collaborations between educators, practitioners, students, and stakeholders in the built environment.

Date Event
30 September 2022 Call for papers and workshop proposals
16 November 2022 Deadline for abstract submissions for papers and workshop proposals
14 December 2022 Notification of acceptance / Registration opens
31 January 2023 Early bird registration deadline
1 March 2023 Deadline for draft papers for peer review feedback
3 May 2023 Deadline for full papers for conference proceedings
14 June 2023 Deadline for registration
12 July 2023 Conference evening launch event
13-14 July 2023 Conference paper and workshop sessions
15 July 2023 Conference field trips

Book your place

Register for a place from 14 December 2022.

Contact the organisers

Productive-Disruptive: spaces of exploration in-between architectural pedagogy and practice is chaired by

  • Caroline Almond
  • Professor Juliet Davis
  • Dr Julie Gwilliam
  • Professor Mhairi McVicar
  • Professor Andrew Roberts

at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK, and is an association of architectural educators (aae) conference.

To get in touch with the conference organisers, please contact

Please follow us on Twitter @archeducate and @WSofArchi for further updates

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