Call for Papers

Computing in Architectural Design: Re-Thinking the Discourse

Second International Conference of
The Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design – ASCAAD2006

Hosted by
School of Architecture and Design
American University of Sharjah, UAE
25-27 April, 2006

The influence of digital media and information technology on
architectural design education and practice is increasingly evident.
The ever-advancing digital technologies are dramatically challenging
fundamental assumptions, theories and practices of conventional design
paradigm.  The proliferation of computers and telecomputing in design
education and practice has resulted in a major paradigm shift and a
reorientation in theoretical and conceptual assumptions considered to be
central to design education and practice.  In contrast, architectural
design discourse is still dominated by the prevailing conventional
analogue paradigm which puts great constraints on our understanding of
recent developments in teaching and practicing design.
The theme of the 2006 conference is “Computing in Architectural Design:
Re-Thinking the Discourse”.  This captures the role of the conference as
a forum to debate and reconsider current understandings of digital
design.  The conference aims to provide the participants an occasion to
share and exchange experiences and research findings, and to stimulate
more ideas and useful insights regarding newly introduced developments
in design computing and their impact on architectural design education
and practice.

Topics of Interest
We invite participants to submit papers in all areas related to
computing in architectural design, and particularly work focusing on
bridging the gap between theory and practice.  Topics of interest
include but are not limited to:

*       Computer-mediated Collaborative Design
*       Design Decision Support Systems
*       Digital Architectural Education
*       Digital Design Methods and Pedagogies
*       Mass Customization
*       Future Architecture with Digital Design
*       Generative Design Systems
*       Knowledge-based Design Systems
*       Web-Based Design
*       Design Support Environments
*       Adaptive Architecture and Computation
*       Knowledge Management in the Architectural Design
*       Intelligent Design and Planning Tools
*       Virtual Reality in Design and Planning
*       Virtual Architecture
*       Virtual Design Studios

Important Dates
Deadline for abstracts:                              September 15, 2005
Paper submission:                                    October 30, 2005
Notification of acceptance:                          December 15, 2005
Deadline for final papers:                           January 30, 2006

Type of Papers and Submission
Two types of papers could be submitted: papers that describe practical
applications or completed research and short papers that describe
research in progress.  Abstract submission must be in English with about
800 words.  Full paper submission could be either in English or Arabic.
  Full paper submissions should be sent in Word document format.

Relevant Information
Full paper format and submission guidelines, registration, accommodation
and further information are available at ASCAAD Website:
<> .  Abstract and full paper submissions are
required to be done online at the ASCAAD homepage.  For further
information about submissions, please, contact the Scientific Committee
Chairs below.

Organizing Committee
Conference Chairs
Dr. Ahmed Mokhtar,
University of Sharjah, UAE
[email protected]
Dr. Ahmad Okeil,
The British University in Dubai, UAE
[email protected]
Scientific Committee Chairs
Dr. Jamal Al-Qawasmi,
KFUPM, Saudi Arabia
[email protected]
Dr. Zaki Mallasi,
University of Teesside, UK
[email protected]