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Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) Conference 2017

June 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am - June 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

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The Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) is an organization of architectural educators, passionate about teaching the technology of building design and construction.

The mission of the BTES is to promote and publish the best pedagogic practices, relevant research, scholarship, and other creative activity to facilitate student learning, advance innovation, and enhance the status of our disciplines in the profession at large.

To achieve this mission, the BTES seeks to:

• Promote and share the best architectural technology teaching practices among all who are concerned with effective teaching in these subject areas.

• Promote critical discourse and the scholarship of teaching on issues related to
pedagogic theory in architectural technology, with peer-reviewed publications of its work for public dissemination.

• Enhance the mentoring process among faculty, students and practitioners for the enrichment of all involved and for the preservation and propagation of accumulated experience and wisdom.

• Stress the issues concerning technology in architectural curricula to help influence change when necessary in the related accreditation process.

• Foster the continued betterment of the profession by serving as a point of contact for the discussion of issues related to building technology with the design professions and building industry at large.

• Bring issues of concern to affiliated entities in the Academy, profession, industry and associated regulatory agencies and

• Facilitate connections among like-minded individuals for collaborative research.


BTES 2017, Poetics + Pragmatism

Iowa State University, Des Moines, IA
June 8-10, 2017

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (subject to change)


8-9am: Conference Registration & Breakfast
Pappajohn Education Center Lobby

9-10:15am: Welcome, Opening Keynote Lecture, BTES Panel Discussion:
Lecturer: Professor Tom Leslie, AIA, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and Director of Graduate Education, Iowa State University
Pappajohn Education Center Large Classroom

10:30am-noon: Paper Session I (Two concurrent sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

Noon-12:45pm: Lunch & Peer Mentoring Session
Location TBD

1pm-2:30pm: Paper Session II (Two concurrent sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

2:45pm: Transportation to Iowa State University
Buses Depart to Ames from Downtown Des Moines

3:30pm-6:30pm: Poster Session & Exhibition
Iowa State University Fabrication laboratory
Reception: Drinks and Appetizers served

6:30pm: Transportation to Des Moines

7:30pm: “Dine Arounds” in Des Moines
Reservations made at several restaurants in downtown Des Moines near conference location; sign-ups at conference. (Cost not included in the conference registration)


7-8am: Breakfast on your own

8-8:45am: BTES Board Meeting
Pappajohn Education Center Classrooms
Coffee / Tea available

9-10:15am: Keynote Lecture:
Lecturer: Rod Kruse, FAIA, Principal, BNIM,
2011 AIA Firm of the Year,
Pappajohn Education Center Large Classroom

10:30am-noon: Paper Session III (Three concurrent sessions)
Includes AIA/ TAD Journal round-table discussion with keynotes
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

Noon-12:45pm: Lunch & Award Winner Presentations
BTES Book Award and Emerging Faculty winners to present their work during lunch
Location TBD (Pappajohn Education Center lobby)

1pm-2:30pm: Paper Session IV (Two concurrent sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

2:45pm: Transportation to Des Moines Architecture Tours

3pm-4:30pm: Des Moines Architecture Tours
Tour One: Drake University (Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, and Harry Weese)
Tour Two: Award Winning & Notable Buildings (Mies, SOM, Chipperfield, HLKB, etc.)
Potential Tours: Krause Center, Renzo Piano

4:45-6pm: Cocktails in the Courtyard
Des Moines Art Center (Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, and Richard Meier building wings enclosure courtyard)
Drinks and Appetizers served

6pm-7pm: Final Keynote Presentation
Fiona Cousins, Arup Fellow
I.M. Pei Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center

7-9pm: Awards Dinner & Reception
Courtyard and Lobby, DM Art Center
Catered Plate Dinner

9-9:30pm: Transportation back to Downtown Des Moines

DAY THREE, Saturday, June 10, 2017: WORKSHOPS (Optional)

All workshops will require additional registration fee and advanced registration. All workshops are tentatively scheduled from 10am-2pm; schedule is subject to change (+/- 1 hour either way).

WORKSHOP ONE: Digital Design and Fabrication
Integrating digital design, analysis, and fabrication strategies into building technology courses and design build exercises
Workshop Instructor, TBD + Shelby Doyle, Iowa State University, Conference Co-Chair

WORKSHOP TWO: Models, Mock-ups, and Structural Education
A hands-on workshop in which a large scale clay tile vault will be designed, built, and tested.
Workshop Instructor: Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla, Univ. of Texas at Austin + Tom Leslie, Iowa State University, Conference Co-Chair

WORKSHOP THREE: Design-Build & Community Engagement
Exchange of ideas about the role of integrating design-build courses into a curriculum with particular focus on service-learning / community engagement projects.
Workshop Instructor, Erin Carraher, University of Utah + Rob Whitehead, Iowa State University, Conference Co-Chair

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June 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am
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Pappajohn Higher Education Center
1200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, 50309 United States
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(515) 284-5588