Today, we live in a moment of profound and accelerated changes in the way we perceive and interact with the world, which many authors do not hesitate to call as “the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

Extraordinary advancements in areas like mobile communication, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, blockchain, nanotechnology, biotechnology, facial recognition, robotics or additive manufacturing are fusing the physical, biological and digital systems of production.

Such technological context has triggered a series of disruptive concepts and innovations, like the smart-phone, social networks, online gaming, internet of things, smart materials, interactive environments, personal fabrication, 3D printing, virtual and augmented realities, drones, self-driving cars or the smart cities, which, all together, are drawing a radically new world.

Like in the past, if the world changes, the discipline of architecture cannot remain indifferent. It must understand and adapt to the new circumstances and why not, orient some of the undergoing transformations. Since digital technologies are at the core of the emerging paradigm, we invite academicians, researchers, professionals and students to address the role of architecture in the age of the 4th industrial revolution.

  • What is the impact of new technologies in architectural education and practice?
  • What are the emerging opportunities and main threats to our discipline caused by the rise of intelligent agents and new materialities?
  • How architects are (or should be) balancing between a position of critical resistance and that of faithful adoption regarding the convergence of cyber, physical and biological systems?

These are just some of the questions that might be addressed in the 2019 Conference.


They may include, but are not limited, to:

→ AI for design and built environment
→ Additive manufacturing and construction
→ Art and Design
→ Big data and analytics in architecture
→ Building Information Modelling
→ City Information Modelling and GIS
→ CAAD Education and teaching
→ Collaborative and participative design
→ Cyber-physical systems in architecture
→ Design concepts and strategies
→ Design thinking and methods
→ Digital design for sustainable buildings
→ Digital fabrication and robotics
→ Digital technologies for cultural heritage
→ Digital research in architectural practice
→ Game design technology
→ History and Future of CAAD
→ Human-computer interaction
→ Internet of things in architecture
→ Interactive and responsive environments
→ Material studies and innovation
→ Parametric and algorithmic design
→ Simulation, prediction and evaluation
→ Smart Cities
→ Virtual and Augmented Reality


  • Deadline for extended abstracts: 1 February 2019
  • Acceptance of papers: 1 April 2019
  • Submission of full papers: 1 June 2019
  • Workshops: 9-10 September 2019
  • PhD workshop: 10 September 2019
  • Conference: 11-13 September 2019


Authors are expected to submit abstracts using the OpenConf submission system via the link that will be provided in the Conference Website . Extended abstracts must be written in English and have 1000 to 1500 words plus references. You may also upload 1 image in jpg format. Abstracts must be strictly anonymous. Please avoid any affiliations. Paper acceptance will be subject to a one-stage reviewing process, consisting of extended abstracts blind reviews by three reviewers.


José Pedro Sousa João Pedro Xavier Gonçalo Castro Henriques [email protected] / [email protected]