Call for Contributions - International Conference on Architecture as Built Criticism

  • Dates: 26 May – 14 Jul, 2023
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Address: Yangpu District, 四平路1239号 邮政编码: 200092
  • Contact: Trenton Sexton
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  • Phone: 615-838-6681

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Hybrid Conference, Tongji University, Shanghai

14–15 October 2023


Call for Contributions


Can buildings themselves express criticism? If so, how do they achieve it? To whom is this criticism addressed? How are they legible? How do these criticisms impact society and culture?How do architects, critics or historians read these forms of criticism?

Following the International Conferences on Architectural Criticism in October 2021, and on Architectural Quality in October 2022, this year's conference seeks papers that offer realized examples of architecture as built criticism.



Abstracts (max. 500 words) should outline a definition of architecture as built criticism and name one case study. Abstracts should be submitted to



The selection to the conference is in two stages: first, the acceptance of the abstract; second, authors will develop their abstracts into draft papers. Based on these papers, authors will be invited to speak in one of four sessions together with four selected keynote lecturers during the hybrid conference 14–15 October 2022, hosted by the School of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.



As with the first two conferences, the conference papers are intended to be published in a book by Park Books of Zurich.


Keynote Lecturers

Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, Shanghai

Tosin Oshinowo, Lagos

Al Borde, Quito

Juhani Pallasmaa, Helsinki



Call for Abstracts                       15 May

Deadline for Abstracts              14 July

Notification of Acceptance     04 August

Submission of Draft Papers     28 August 

Return of Edited Papers           22 September

Conference                                 14–15 October

Publication of Papers                2024


Conference Format

The hybrid format of the four-session conference allows for active debate between the audience and lecturers. Presentations will be concentrated to allow for ample discussion time. Besides the four keynotes, there will be between 12 to 16 short papers. The entire conference will be recorded and placed on Youtube. The conference language will be English. Registration for free attendance will open on 2 September via


Scientific Committee                            

Elias Constantopoulos, University of Patras

Manuel Cuadra, Director of CICA, Frankfurt am Main/Lima

Fernando Diez, Summa+, Di Tella University, Buenos Aires 

Jasna Galjer, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Berna Göl, Yeditepe University, Istanbul

Hélène Jannière, Université Rennes 2 

Morten Birk Jørgensen, Royal Academy, Copenhagen                                     

Li Xiangning, Tongji University, Shanghai

Robert McCarter, Washington University, St. Louis  

Valerio Paolo Mosco, IUAV, Venice                                         

Louise Noelle Gras, UNAM, Mexico CdMx

Şengül Öymen Gür, Beykent Üniversitesi, Istanbul

José Manuel Pozo Municio, Pamplona, ETSAUN

Xing Ruan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University   

Paolo Scrivano, Politecnico di Milano    

Jaime Solares, Escola da Cidade, São Paulo                                               

Ana Tostões, CiTUA-Instituto Técnico Lisbon                                                          

Ruth Verde Zein, U. Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo


Supporting Institutions

CICA International Committee of Architectural Critics

Beykent Üniversitesi, Istanbul

Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Athens

Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa 

Istituto Universitario Architettura Venezia                     

Shanghai Jiao Tong University    

Tongji University, Shanghai

Universidad de Navarra

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo     

IIEs, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México  

Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima

University of Patras

Washington University, St. Louis



Li Xiangning and Wilfried Wang


Tongji University, Shanghai

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