Printed programs will be included in the onsite conference packet.

Download an iCal version of the program here.


Thursday, March 23

8:45-10 am
Registration Desk 

10 am – 1 pm
Walking Tour of the Riverfront and Lafayette Park
Starting at the hotel, this tour will pass by several notable Art Deco skyscrapers and then proceed to the Detroit River Riverfront Park.  After passing by the Renaissance Center and several new riverfront developments, we’ll take the Dequindre Cut path a few blocks north to Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park.  The highlight of the tour will be an interior tour of one of the apartments by its owner.  Following the Lafayette Park visit, we’ll circle back toward downtown, passing through Greektown, where you can stop for a coffee or lunch.  The walk is about 3 ¾ miles.  The way is flat, but potentially windy, so dress appropriately.

Join us midway option!   If you don’t want to do the Riverfront/Dequindre Cut portion of the walk, but want to see Lafayette Park; you could take a cab or Uber and meet the group at Lafayette Park at 11 am.  You will be responsible for making your transportation arrangements in order to meet the group on time (please let someone know if you are planning to do this, so that we can expect you.) The 11 am meeting place will be the Shopping Plaza on E. Lafayette St.  The walk back to the hotel from Lafayette Park takes 30-40 minutes.

1 pm – 2:30 pm
Lunch on your own.  If you’re walking back from Lafayette Park, there are numerous dining options in the Greektown area as well as closer to the hotel.

Along Monroe Street you’ll find Pizzapapalis Taverna, New Parthenon, Pegasus Taverna, Red Smoke Barbeque,  Astoria Pastry Shop (mostly sweet pastries, but also Greek Spinach Pies), Fishbone’s (Cajun),and Orchid Thai.  Nearby are Loco’s Tex-Mex Grille on E. Lafayette and Niki’s Pizza at 735 Beaubien.  If you eat in Greektown and don’t want to walk back to the hotel (about 10 min.), you can take the People Mover from the Greektown Station to the MIchigan Ave Station.

2:30 pm – 4 pm
Lightning Round Session

Katie Pierce Meyer
Architecture Librarian as Digital Scholar in Practice
In 2016, the Architecture & Planning Library began hosting the Digital Scholars in Practice lecture series, which highlights scholars conducting research through digital technologies, conducting research on digital technologies, and critically examining digital technologies in practice. The lecture series developed out of recent opportunities to engage in conversations around digital humanities and digital scholarship, often advocating for the using historical materials in new ways. My presentation will embrace the scholarly and critical role I can play within the academic community, participating in the conversations about research in the 21st century.

Cindy Derrenbacker
Beyond Typical Library Partnerships: Intersecting with the City II
This lightning talk will touch on ways in which the staff of the Architecture Library at Laurentian University, McEwen School of Architecture has partnered with several civic organizations and groups in the downtown core of Sudbury, ON, Canada for the benefit of students and faculty.

Rose Orcutt
An Overview and Best Practice of Open Access Publishing and Predatory Publishers /Journals
There are a number of benefits to the growth of open access publishing but the primary drawback is the rise of predatory publishers and journals. These predatory publishers and journals exploit open access for profit by charging exorbitant authors fees and are without accurate peer review. As librarians, we can address and discern these issues for our faculty as they navigate the publishing world. This presentation will evaluate open access publications, the rise of predatory publishers/journals, and how librarians can help faculty identify and maneuver through scholarly publishing.

Elizabeth Schaub
Visual Resources Collection Metamorphosis: Developing New Student-Centered Resources and Services
In fall 2015, the School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection (VRC) at The University of Texas at Austin launched a professional Lighting Studio—in the space that was formerly referred to as the Slide Library—to support student documentation of 2D and 3D work. Because students from a variety of disciplines are unsure of how best to document their work, VRC staff members began discussions around development of a visual catalog of images showing examples of different representational approaches. Through a rigorous analysis of the literature and data collected via surveys distributed to employers, practitioners, and faculty members, the VRC will create a visual catalog of images that students can consult at the onset of their documentation efforts. This presentation will present the project’s methodology and status of objectives at the time of the conference.

Kathy Edwards
El Croquis: an adaptive response to achieve best access
El Croquis, GA Houses, AV Monografías: monographic serials or serial monographs? These titles represent some of the highest-quality sources for the plans, sections, elevations, and site plans students rely on in their study of architectural precedents, so we want students to be able to exploit them thoroughly. How our library catalogs display these resources–as periodicals with a basic serial record, or as monographs with individual titles, subject headings, and content notes –significantly affects how discoverable and, ultimately, how useful their best features are. This presentation examines how we at Clemson’s Gunnin Architecture Library went about rethinking and reconfiguring our treatment of the magazine El Croquis in order to improve student access, using insights gained from AASL librarians via the AASL-L list and guided by the indexing practices of the Avery Index.

Stephanie Beene
Citation Standards in Analytic Writing in Architecture & Planning

Using the College Art Association’s Code of Fair Use, Mark Childs, Associate Dean of Architecture, University of New Mexico, and I submit a preliminary analysis of citation standards for buildings and building elements in Architecture Studies. Specifically addressing Analytic Writing, we investigate methods for citing buildings and their elements throughout their lifespan of occupancy, remodel, preservation, etc. We have queried the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), the AASL, and the Visual Resources Association (VRA), and are in the process of a literature and database review. The lack of agreed-upon standards makes it difficult to give credit in a concise manner across publications, multimedia presentations, and professional outputs. We are interested in providing feedback to the ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) and welcome feedback from the forum AASL offers.

Davd Eifler
Promoting the Tactile: Hands On Artists’ Books
Artists’ books provide architecture librarians the opportunity to introduce students to concepts of medium, message, form and function through engagement with these artistic constructs.  Too often obscured by arcane cataloging or stored in locked archives, Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library began holding “Hands On” events to allow our patrons to physically interact with many of our 250 artists’ books.  This talk will describe how these artists’ book events evolved and subsequently led to increased usage and incorporation into classroom lectures.

4 pm – 4:30 pm
Nearby coffee shops:
Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters (220 Griswold St.)
Urban Bean Company (200 Grand River Ave)
WBC Starbucks (in hotel)

4:30 pm – 6 pm
Architectural Publishing Panel
Marc Neveu (JAE Editor), Andrzej Zarcycki (TAD Editor), Diego Grass (OnArchitecture), Claire Zimmerman (publishing author and University of Michigan Faculty)
Shared session with ACSA — A panel discussion about the current state of publishing in general and of architectural publishing in specific.  

Dinner on your own (See list of nearby and slightly removed restaurants)


Friday, March 24

8:30 – 9 am
Registration Desk

9 – 10:30 am
Collaboration Session

Sonny Banerjee and Fangmin Wang
From Repository to Collaboratory: Investing in Connections, Content, and Communities
The Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) has tried to build meaningful partnerships with faculty through experiential learning initiatives. One of the most successful examples to date was our collaborations between RULA and the School of Interior Design and Architectural Science. In this presentation, we will share our experience of collaborating with faculty to develop digital pedagogical tools, supporting curriculum development and facilitating learning experiences for students through work in the community.

Johanna Kasubowski
Materials Collections: A New Model of Collaboration
Libraries of architecture programs have, and are, creating collections of material samples in order to advance the curriculum and research of their institutions. Librarians and faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have been partners in the development of a shared open-source cataloging and collection management database for materials collections, which led to the founding of a consortium, Material Order.  This paper will present the work and accomplishments of Material Order, showing the taxonomy development, database build-out, future developments, and benefits of becoming a consortium partner.

Kim Soss
A Circular Economy
In a circular economy, conventional waste streams from one process are repurposed as inputs for another, creating a circular, closed-loop model of material reuse. A diverse set of Midwestern institutions is working together to leverage one another’s challenges into opportunities: a library with considerable hidden collections; a Landscape Architecture program drawing its students into historic research; and a  farm-based, nascent foundation preserving a landscape architect’s legacy, both in its rural setting and in the academic world. Flexibility, bootstrapping, and collaboration are leveraged to propose grants, launch a research fellowship, and engage across institutions.

10:30 – 11 am
Refreshments provided

11 – 12:30 pm
Transformation Session

Melanie Emerson
Reinvigorating Programing, Services, and Space through Outreach and Collaboration at the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art
How can new ideas transform programs, services, and spaces in ways that builds upon the past, while innovating for the future? This is a question that librarians grapple with everyday, but this is especially prescient for librarians at a moment when libraries are under pressure to work within restrictive budget allocations and campus mandates to consolidate resources. This paper focuses on the ways in which building collations with the School of Architecture, Library Administration, and other librarians on campus is helping invigorate the Ricker Library’s services, create more engaging and experiential forms of instruction services for all users, and increased library use.

Maya Gervits and Monica Kenzie
Digital Archive of Newark Architecture
This presentation will introduce the Digital Archive of Newark Architecture (DANA)  a project undertaken by the Littman Library at NJIT to document the built environment of Newark. Since its inception the DANA which serves as a source of information on the past and present projects in Newark, architecture, city planning, public art and parks, has been actively used by faculty, students, scholars and the professionals in the United States and internationally. Over the past year with some additional financial support the library started transformation of DANA into a searchable database. The presentation of already accomplished phases of the project will be accompanied by the discussion of its  collaboration with other institutions, some  technical  issues, and plans for its future development.

Shelley Hayreh and Pamela Casey
Making the Past Relevant to Today’s Architectural Design Studio
Our paper centers on finding a new model for introducing graduate design students to primary architectural resources. We will argue that successful engagement of the overstretched and disconnected design student requires, first, outreach to architecture faculty and then second, curricular collaboration which integrates archival research into coursework. By focusing on faculty “buy-in,” architectural archives strengthen their case that archival research is fundamental to an architectural education.  

Jon D. Hunt, Daneil Ireton, and Ellen Urton
Teaching Failure: The Intentional Art of Failing to Succeed in Design and Research
When one believes in their ability to fail, that sense of impending disappointment can cause them to stumble on their path, or worse, stop them from starting.  In choosing to embrace failure and harness it for the sake of innovation and education, failure becomes a strength.  By imbuing creative and research endeavors with an iterative process — attempting, failing, reflecting, and retrying — failure is not a negative end, but rather a means to explore, discover, progress, and thrive.  The authors will demonstrate how student courage can be reinvigorated by lowering the consequences of failure, understanding the agency of curiosity, and encouraging more robust student development through failure and iteration.

12:30 – 2 am
Lunch on your own – explore the neighborhood!

A few of the possibilities:
Dime Store (719 Griswold St #180)
Lafayette Coney Island – Hot Dogs (118 W Lafayette Blvd)
Slices Pizza – NY Style Pizza (1043 Woodward Ave)
The Hudson Cafe (1241 Woodward Ave)
Blue Star Cafe (239 W. Congress)

2 – 3:30 pm
Membership Meeting

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Vendor Meet & Greet — take some time to meet our vendors and learn about their products
Refreshments provided

4:30 – 6 pm
Plenary Panel on Detroit: A New Model
Panelists:  Anya Sirota (ONE Mile Project and University of Michigan Faculty), Ingrid LaFleur (Artist, Curator, Mayoral Candidate), Cezanne Charles (Director of Creative Industries), Gina Reichert (Design99)

6:15 pm
Meet in Hotel Lobby for walk to COLORS Restaurant

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Group Dinner at COLORS Restaurant

COLORS is a social enterprise of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan. Located at 311 E. Grand River Ave., the restaurant uses local ingredients and trains local employees in collective entrepreneurship.  The restaurant is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel.  You can also take the People Mover.  Get on at the Michigan Ave Station or Times Square Station and get off at the  Grand Circus Park Station.  Dinner generously sponsored by Material ConneXion.


Saturday, March 25

8 – 9:20 am
Executive Board Meeting

9:30 am – 11:30 am
Bus Tour of Detroit

Tour Guide:  Michael Boettcher, PureDetroit

Please be prompt: 10 min before departure.  The bus will leave at 9:30!

The initial leg of our bus tour will encompass the 18th and 19th century edges of Detroit showing us examples of early settlement patterns and 19th century industrial development, as well as historic neighborhoods reflecting a unique mix of wealthy and worker class housing.  Juxtapositions of urban renewal projects from the 1950s forward to the 21st century document the history of American urban planning. 

11:30 – 12pm
Eastern Market Tour
A guide will introduce us to Eastern Market and talk about urban agriculture in Detroit.

12 – 1pm
Lunch on own at Eastern Market 
Dining possibilities include:  Supino Pizzeria, Beyond Juicery & Eatery, Vivio’s Food & Spirits, and Farmer’s Restaurant, near the market, as well as Sala Thai and Roma Café about 3 blocks north of the market. Depending on the weather, there may be food trucks and carts as well.

1 – 2 pm
Bus to DIA via New Center

Please be on time – we have a full afternoon!

The final leg of the bus tour takes us from Eastern Market through current redevelopment initiatives in Midtown and into the early automotive industrial district once at the outskirts of the city.  At the New Center we’ll get off the bus and tour the Fisher Building before heading to the DIA for the afternoon.

2 – 5 pm
Afternoon at the DIA
Our visit will begin with an introduction and tour of Library and Archives by Maria Ketcham.  There will be an opportunity for 15 members to take a docent-led “highlights of the collection” tour.  Otherwise, you may tour the collections on your own.  The museum is open until 5.  If you’ve seen the DIA collection or just want to do something different, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), 2 blocks south of the DIA on Woodward.  Current exhibits include The Architectural Imagination, the US Pavilion Exhibit from the Venice Biennale (2016); Detroit City/Detroit Affinities (Adriana Martinez); and Home (Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors).  MOCAD is open until 5.

5 pm 
Dinner on own
Dine in the Cultural Center neighborhood or take the (southbound) Woodward Ave bus back toward the hotel and dine in the Downtown area.  Get off at the last stop, the Rosa Parks Transit Center (bus fare is $1.50).

A few Midtown restaurant suggestions (within 10 min of DIA):
Hopcat (4265 Woodward) Brewpub with 130 brews on tap!
Seva (66 E. Forest) Diverse vegetarian menu
Majestic Café (4140 Woodward)  Hip bar and eatery adjoining the Garden Bowl (bowling alley – call ahead to reserve a lane)
Go Sy Thai (4240 Cass)  Vegan/vegetarian (and meat) Noodles
Traffic Jam & Snug (511 W. Canfield) Eclectic fare. A Detroit favorite
Motor City Brewing Works (470 W. Canfield) Great beer and pizza
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery (441 W. Canfield) Ditto
A little further down Woodward: (walkable if the weather is nice)
Selden Standard (3921 2nd Ave. ) Small plate; locally sourced fare
Pho Lucky (3111 Woodward) Vietnamese Noodles