National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 2018
The 34th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student will be held March 1-3, 2018 at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.
The theme of the 2018 conference is TIME. The conference, to be held at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, will focus on the ways in which the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE are considered and engaged in beginning design education.
We encourage professionals, academics, researchers and students in any design or design-related field to participate.
Students begin their design education with diverse backgrounds and different sets of experiences and expectations. How is this diversity cultivated in the context of a beginning design curriculum? Should beginning design education serve as a formalized and unified reset for all students, regardless of their unique points of entry? Are homogeneity and heterogeneity both pedagogical goals in beginning design?
History and precedents are essential components of design education. How are these embedded in studio culture and curricular structure? How has the encyclopedic reach of the internet changed the study of history and the use of precedents?
TAKING TIME Focusing the Present
Time and attention are increasingly subject to interruptions - intentional, habitual or unexpected. Students are more than ever in the habit of multitasking, of incorporating multiple and simultaneous stimuli in their workspaces. How are these new realities affecting not only learning environments but also the character and quality of learning itself? Evidence abounds that solitude and long stretches of unimpeded concentration are necessary for the evolution of understanding, practices and skills. What is happening at the intersections of short time (interrupted) and expansive time (uninterrupted) in beginning design education?
Beginning design students are situated in institutions, which are in turn situated in communities. At what point do design students reach past the frame of the university and into the larger social, cultural and built context? What initiatives exist to facilitate or encourage this reach?
SHAPING TIME Imagining the Future
Many institutions incorporate professional experience as an integral part of design education. How much should the educational experience include industry experience? Where should the anticipation of and preparation for an employment future be situated in design education? How is deepening in the now related to planning for and tasting parts of what is to come?
In times of rapid technological, cultural and political change, design educators are readying students for an uncertain future. How are students prepared not only for success but also for failure? How are they taught to be adaptable? How are they taught to be responsible for their own lifetime of learning?
Final papers will be published as a digital collection by the University of Cincinnati Press
Final papers due: April 1, 2018
Format for final papers:
Microsoft Word docx document
3500 words maximum (body of text not including titles, captions, references)
8.5"x11" paper setting
Single spaced with returns between paragraphs. No indents.
Title: Avenir LT Std, 95 Black, 11.5 pt
Author(s): Avenir LT Std, 35 Light, 10 pt
Institution(s): Avenir LT Std, Light Oblique, 10 pt
Paper Body: Avenir LT Std, 35 Light, 10 pt
In-text Citations: Avenir LT Std, 35 light, 10 pt
Images must be 300 dpi, inserted into the body of the document, properly attributed and with copyright permissions owned by or granted to the author(s)
Use the Harvard Style Guide by citations and references sources
Send to email@example.com no later than midnight EST April 1, 2018 with your document named "Last Name_First Name_Title" and your email subject "NCBDS Final Paper"
Early and regular registration are now closed.
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Travel and Lodging Expand
Conference participants should book flights through CVG (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, 25 minutes from downtown Cincinnati) or DAY (Dayton, 50 minutes from downtown Cincinnati).
There will not be a designated conference hotel. The majority of the conference will take place at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati. Some conference events will be located in downtown Cincinnati.
Special rates have been negotiated at the following hotels but require a reservation before the dates as specified below.
Fairfield Inn and Suites
Group Name: University of Cincinnati DAAP Group
Start date: 2/28/18
End date: 3/4/18
Last day to book: 1/28/18
Special Group Rate: $119/night
Link: Book your group rate for University of Cincinnati DAAP Group
Hampton Inn and Suites
Group Name: UC DAAP NCBDS Conference 2018
Arrival Date: Feb 28, 2018
Departure Date: Mar 04, 2018
Last Day to Book: 2/13/18
Special Rate: $139/night
Link: Book your group rate for UC DAAP NCBDS Conference 2018
Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
Group Name: University of Cincinnati DAAP
Start Date: 2/28/18
End Date: 3/4/18
Last day to book: 1/24/18
Special Group Rate: $169/night
Link: Book your group rate for University of Cincinnati DAAP
21C Museum Hotel
Group Name: Natl Conference Beginning Design (NCBDS)
Start Date: 2/28/18
End Date: 3/4/18
Last Day to Book: Feb 7, 2018
Group Code: NCBDS18
Special Group Rate: $169/night
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Booking website: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49299731/owner/2602/home
Group Code: UCN *must be given to reservations agent at time of booking to receive special group rate
Last Day to Book: 1/29/18
Call in reservations: (1-800-445-8667)
Special Group Rate: $165/night
Group Name: DAPDAPA (if booking directly)
Start Date: 2/28/2018
End Date: 3/04/18
Last Day to Book: 02/07/18
Special Group Rate: $119
Recommended hotels near the University of Cincinnati:
Kingsgate Marriott and Conference Center, University of Cincinnati
Recommended downtown Cincinnati hotels:
Recommended Northern Kentucky hotels:
Conference Committee Expand
Cindy Beckmeyer, School of Design
Student Volunteer Coordinator:
Marcos Novak is Director of the transLAB and Professor of Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Novak is an architect, artist, composer and theorist who employs algorithmic techniques to design actual, virtual and hybrid intelligent environments. He is a pioneer in the field of transarchitecture.
Participants may chair one session, present one paper, present one performance, and/or screen one video/film. No participant may chair multiple sessions or present multiple papers, performances or films/videos.
All presenters and attendees must register for the conference—registration fees cover all conference costs.
How to Host an NCBDS Conference
Individuals at educational institutions may submit to host and chair a conference. Submissions are reviewed for past participation in the NCBDS by the submitting conference chair(s), location of institution, and quality of advanced planning and venue. Individuals intending to submit are encouraged to attend a Steering Committee Meeting, which are held annually at the conference, for further information. While the Steering Committee reviews submissions and makes recommendations, the past chairs from the two most recent conferences award the upcoming conferences.
The conference has been awarded to the University of Colorado in Denver for 2019.
Proposals for the 2020 conference are currently being accepted. If you are interested please submit to Jim Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and attend the 2018 or 2019 conference to meet with the past chairs.