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National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 2018

NCBDS: Examining Time, University of Cincinnati, March 1–3, 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.

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Keynote Speaker

Marcos Novak

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.



• Past
• Diversity
• Uniformity
• Precedent
• Finite
• Speed
• Uncertainty
• Industry
• Beginning
• Value
• Urban

• Present
• Experience
• Chaos
• History
• Open-ended
• Technology
• Sustainablilty
• Multiasking
• Return
• Adaptability
• Suburban

• Future
• Individuality
• Distraction
• Focus
• Prescribed
• Media
• Community
• Skills
• Constant
• Imagination
• Rural

Conference Policies

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 ( and attend the 2018 or 2019 conference to meet with the past chairs.