CAADRIA 2008: The 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Computer
Aided Architectural Design in Asia

Dates:    9-12 April 2008
Host:     Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai,

In the Twenty-First Century, advanced digital technologies play a
significant role in almost every aspect of our life. Many believe we are
living in parallel space between the physical and the so-called 'Digital
World' where alternative visualization and simulation seamlessly bridge
these worlds.

Many argue that advanced digital technologies improve human living
condition as in the case of architectural design through the use of
computer-generation can predict an outcome of better built environments.
In cases of health, digital imaging tools improve the ability to
diagnose and treat illness while in cases of entertainment, creates more
visually stimulating effects. Yet, it provokes us to rethink aspects of
culture and sense of belonging as well as to question the way we
perceive, conceive, and represent the world we are living in.

CAADRIA 2008 aims to challenge all participants to explore such
parallel territories. Not only looking at one side of the products of
those computer-aided technologies, but rather questioning them and
examining their processes: how the digital has already altered our
design capabilities, significant, and desirable. Our goal is to
stimulate discussion, search for alternative process, and discover
knowledge in the current realm of digital technologies. What happens
when we look beyond such a realm of computer-aided technology itself and
into those outside processes it

CAADRIA 2008 will provide a forum to focus on and review current
research on the development of computer-aided design. Research papers on
all topics related to computer-aided design are invited for submission.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

1. Culture - The spread of CAAD technology has shaped culture, but
it has also allowed easier communication of cultural ideas. Its
widespread acceptance into mainstream society means cultures can now
easily make use of this technology, both as a way of expressing their
own culture as well as exploring other cultures.

2. Environment - As environmental issues become paramount to our
global society, what role does CAAD technology play? With better design
tools and interface, designers can create projects which are more
environmentally friendly while reducing the environmental impact of the
design process itself.

3. Simulation - As CAAD technology allows for higher levels of
simulation, the real and the simulated environments merge together.
Traditional practices and imagery can easily be simulated and often the
line between old and new becomes difficult to define.

4. Intelligence - As CAAD technology becomes more intelligent,
architecture will also become more intelligent. The integration of CAAD
developing technology into building design and building operation
enhance building capability. Building can be better responding to its
users, environment, and provide best efficient functions.

5. Visualization & Animation- Much of what makes advances in other
areas possible is the ability to see and do more with CAAD technology.
Here, the tools of design itself are the focus.

6. Education - With greater access to visual tools and a reliance on
digital media, the process of education has been greatly influenced by
CAAD technology. Information is easier to find and more detailed and the
process of education itself has been affected.

7. Design & Theory - With the tools of CAAD technology, new ideas for
design theories are emerging. Better control of the design and
construction process makes revolutionary advances in design possible.

Important dates

1. Long and short papers (fully refereed)
2. Young CAADRIA Awards
3. Roundtable Proposals
4. Postgraduate Student Consortium
5. Tee Sasada Award

1  Long and short papers (fully refereed)
Abstract submission deadline 15-Sep-07
Notification of abstract acceptance 6-Oct-07
Paper submission deadline 24-Nov-07
Notification of paper acceptance 5-Jan-08
Final (revised) paper submission 19-Jan-08

  2  Young CAADRIA Awards
Application deadline 5-Jan-08
Notification of acceptance 19-Jan-08

  3  Roundtable Proposals
Proposal deadline 5-Jan-08
Notification of acceptance 19-Jan-08

  4  Postgraduate Student Consortium
Submission deadline 5-Jan-08
Notification of acceptance 19-Jan-08

5  Tee Sasada Award
Submission deadline 30-Nov-07
Notification of acceptance 19-Jan-08

Submission guidelines and deadlines are available online at

Email any inquiries to [email protected]


Taysheng JENG, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

Ji-Hyun LEE, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Ekkachai MAHAEK, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Marc Aurel SCHNABEL, University of Sydney, Australia