Association for Computer Aided Design In Architecture

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Association for Computer Aided Design In Architecture
Abbreviation ACADIA
Founded 1981
Legal status 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Headquarters Fargo, North Dakota, United States[1]
Jason Kelly Johnson[2]
Revenue (2014)
Expenses (2014) $266,199[1]
Employees (2014)

The Association for Computer Aided Design In Architecture (ACADIA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization active in the area of computer-aided architectural design (CAAD).

Mission statement[edit]

Begun in 1981, the organization's objectives are recorded in its bylaws:[3]

"ACADIA was formed for the purpose of facilitating communication and information exchange regarding the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science. A particular focus is education and the software, hardware and pedagogy involved in education."

"The organization is also committed to the research and development of computer aides that enhance design creativity, rather than simply production, and that aim at contributing to the construction of humane physical environments."


Membership is open to anyone who subscribes to the objectives of the organization, including architects, educators, and software developers, whether resident in North America or not. An online membership registration form and directory is available via the organization.[4]

The organization is primarily governed by the elected Board of Directors. The organization is led by the elected President, who presides over Board of Directors meetings, but does not vote except in the case of a tie.[3]

Presidents (elected)[edit]

Years President Number of years serving
1981-82 Charles Eastman 1
1982-84 John Wade 2
1984-85 Chris Yessios 1
1985-86 Yehuda Kalay 1
1986-87 Elizabeth Bollinger 1
1987-88 Patricia McIntosh 1
1988-89 Robert E. Johnson 1
1989-90 Pamela J. Bancroft 1
1990-91 John McIntosh 1
1991-92 J. Peter Jordan 1
1992-93 Larry O. Degelman 1
1993-94 Skip Van Wyk 1
1994-95 M. Stephen Zdepski 1
1995-96 Karen M. Kensek 1
1996-97 Glenn Goldman 1
1997-98 Branko Kolarevic 1
1998-99 Douglas E. Noble 1
1999-2000 Brian Johnson 1
2000-01 Mark Clayton 1
2001-03 Ganapathy Mahalingam 2
2003-05 Kevin Klinger 2
2005-07 Wassim Jabi 2
2007-09 Mahesh Senagala 2
2009-10 Nancy Cheng 1
2010-13 Aron Temkin 3
2013-16 Michael Fox 3
2016- Jason Kelly Johnson


Annual conference[edit]

ACADIA sponsors an annual national conference, held in the autumn of each year at a different site in North America. Papers for the conferences undergo extensive blind review before being accepted for presentation (and publication). Membership is not a prerequisite for submission of a paper.

Year City, State/Province[5] Country Host university Conference theme[5]
4th 1985 Tempe, Arizona USA
5th 1986 Houston, Texas USA
6th 1987 Raleigh, North Carolina USA Integrating Computers into the Architectural Curriculum
7th 1988 Ann Arbor, Michigan USA Computing in Design Education
8th 1989 Gainesville, Florida USA New Ideas and Directions for the 1990s
9th 1990 Big Sky, Montana USA From Research to Practice
10th 1991 Los Angeles, California USA Reality and Virtual Reality
11th 1992 USA Mission - Method - Madness
12th 1993 Texas USA Education and Practice: The Critical Interface
13th 1994 Saint Louis, Missouri USA Washington University Reconnecting
14th 1995 Seattle, Washington USA University of Washington Computing in Design - Enabling, Capturing and Sharing Ideas
15th 1996 Tucson, Arizona USA Design Computation: Collaboration, Reasoning, Pedagogy
16th 1997 Cincinnati, Ohio USA University of Cincinnati Design and Representation
17th 1998 Québec City, Québec Canada Digital Design Studios: Do Computers Make a Difference?
18th 1999 Salt Lake City, Utah USA Media and Design Process
19th 2000 Washington D.C USA Eternity, Infinity and Virtuality in Architecture
20th 2001 Buffalo, New York USA Reinventing the Discourse - How Digital Tools Help Bridge and Transform Research, Education and Practice in Architecture
21st 2002 Pomona, California USA Thresholds - Design, Research, Education and Practice, in the Space Between the Physical and the Virtual
22nd 2003 Indianapolis, Indiana USA Connecting >> Crossroads of Digital Discourse
23rd 2004 Cambridge, Ontario Canada Fabrication: Examining the Digital Practice of Architecture
24th 2005 Savannah, Georgia USA Smart Architecture: Integration of Digital and Building Technologies
25th 2006 Louisville, Kentucky USA University of Kentucky Synthetic Landscapes
26th 2007 Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Dalhousie University & NSCAD University Expanding Bodies
27th 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota USA University of Minnesota Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation
28th 2009 Chicago, Illinois USA School of the Art Institute of Chicago reForm(): Building a Better Tomorrow
29th 2010 New York, New York USA The Cooper Union & Pratt Institute Life in:Formation
30th 2011 Calgary/Banff, Alberta Canada University of Calgary Integration Through Computation
31st 2012 San Francisco, California USA California College of the Arts & UCSF Synthetic Digital Ecologies
32nd 2013 Cambridge, Ontario Canada University of Waterloo Adaptive Architecture
33rd 2014 Los Angeles, California USA University of Southern California Design Agency
34th 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio USA University of Cincinnati Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene
35th 2016 Ann Arbor, Michigan USA University of Michigan Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers And Cognitive Machines
36th 2017 Cambridge, Massachusetts USA Massachusetts Institute of Technology Disciplines & Disruptions


Each year the conference papers are gathered into a proceedings publication which is distributed to members, and available to the public via the open access database CumInCAD.


Started in 1998, ACADIA Awards of Excellence are "the highest award that can be achieved in the field of architectural computing". The awards are given in areas of practice, teaching, research and service, with at most one award in each category per year. Past awards have recognized various significant contributors to the field of architectural computing.

The current awards given annually or biannually are the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Digital Practice Award of Excellence, the Innovative Academic Program Award of Excellence, the Innovative Research Award of Excellence, the Society Award for Leadership, and the Teaching Award of Excellence.

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Year Recipient Affiliation
2016 Elizabeth Diller Diller, Scofidio and Renfro / Princeton University
2014 Zaha Hadid Zaha Hadid Architects

Digital Practice Award of Excellence[edit]

Year Recipient (Person or Firm) Affiliation
2016 Ron Rael and Virginia San Fratello Emerging Objects / UC Berkeley / San Jose State
2015 KieranTimberlake KieranTimberlake
2014 Jenny Sabin Jenny Sabin Studio
2013 Cecil Balmond Balmond Studio
2012 Gehry Technologies - Accepted by Dennis Shelden Gehry Technologies
2011 Phillip Beesley Phillip Beesley Architects / University of Waterloo
2009 Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler Gramazio Kohler Architects
2008 Fabian Scheurer Design to Production
2007 Achim Menges The Architectural Association (London)
2006 Evan Douglis Evan Douglis Studio

Innovative Academic Program Award of Excellence[edit]

Year Recipient (Academic Program) University
2016 Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) - Accepted by Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
2015 Institute for Computational Design (ICD) - Accepted by Achim Menges University of Stuttgart
2014 Columbia Building Intelligence Project (CBIP) - Accepted by Scott Marble Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
2013 AADRL Design Research Laboratory - Accepted by Brett Steele and Theodore Sypropoulos The Architectural Association (London)
2012 Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) - Accepted by Anna Dyson Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute / Skidmore Owings and Merrill
2008 AA Emergent Technologies and Design - Accepted by Michael Weinstock The Architectural Association (London)


Related organizations[edit]

Sister organizations[edit]

There are four sister organizations around the world to provide a more accessible regional forum for discussion of computing and design. The major ones are

  • eCAADe - The Association for Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, since 1982.
  • CAADRIA - The Association for Computer Aided Architectural Design in Asia, since 1996.
  • SIGraDi - Iberoamerican Society of Digital Graphics, since 1997.
  • ASCAAD - The Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design, since 2001.

Other related organizations[edit]

  • CAAD Futures - Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures, since 1985.
  • CUMINCAD - The Cumulative Index of Computer Aided Architectural Design, with public CumInCAD records available via an Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) feed and records are available via multiple bibliographic archives and citation indexes online.[6][7][8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Association for Computer Aided Design In Architecture. Guidestar. December 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Officers and Board of Directors". Association for Computer Aided Design In Architecture. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b ACADIA Bylaws (PDF). Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Membership". Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. 27 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Cumincad database". 
  6. ^ "Architexturez CumInCAD OAI-PMH Mirror". Architexturez. Retrieved 24 November 2012. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "DBLP". DBLP. University of Trier. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Researchgate". ResearchGate. Retrieved 22 September 2012.