The TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference brings experimental research and exploration among academics and practitioners to a broad audience of designers, practicing architects, construction industry executives, building products manufacturers, students, and other researchers. It takes advantage of the collection of over 3,000 representatives of these fields at the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention and Design Expo to create a forum for sharing new ideas being formulated in schools of architecture and elsewhere.

Selected academics and researchers will have the opportunity to present their papers during three 90-minute sessions at the Texas Society of Architects 78th Annual Convention and Design Expo, taking place November 9–11, 2017, in Austin. Abstracts will be blind peer reviewed for acceptance, and the full papers will be printed in a publication of the proceedings. This opportunity is open to everyone.

Topics of Interest

The focus of the 2017 TxA Emerging Design + Technology conference will be developments in digital technology that inform design and/or fabrication in architecture and building. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Digital fabrication and rapid prototyping
  • Robotic craft and assembly
  • Integrated design tools
  • Computational models of building performance
  • Composite and synthetic materials
  • Responsive environments
  • Digital design theory

Submitting Your Abstract

  • The submission should include an abstract, as well as a completed 2017 Submission Form.
  • The abstract should be no longer than 500 words; it can be submitted as a PDF or Word document (5MB or less).
  • Include the full paper title as well as supporting images. Images should be low-resolution and embedded in the document.
  • Author names and affiliations should be redacted from the abstract to maintain anonymity.
  • Email the final documents to communications[at], using the subject line “2017 TxA ED+T Abstract Submission.”