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Architectural Humanities Research Association Research Student Symposium 2023

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12-14 April 2023, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

Research in crisis: tactics and methods

We are very pleased to invite research students to the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Research Student Symposium taking place at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. The aim of the symposium is to explore the use of research tactics and methods in Architectural Humanities in the context of crisis. We welcome proposals to present work-in-progress papers, poster presentations and round table discussions in the following areas:

  • Research projects that consider topics pertaining to crisis. For example, projects investigating climate change, economic change, public health issues, racism, wellbeing, and so on.
  • Research projects that consider the wider implications of crises and how they uncover or make visible existing underlying and/or structural problems.
  • Challenge-oriented research directed toward the prevention and/or mitigation of future crises, or improved data collection and decision making within crises.
  • Tactics borne out of crises such as COVID-19 related lockdowns, social distancing measures, remote working, etc.
  • Methodological innovations or new methods developed in response to research crises and/or failures.
  • Research challenges and methods or methodologies considered ‘at risk’.

About the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)

AHRA is a non-profit academic organisation that was created to provide an inclusive and comprehensive support network of researchers in architectural humanities across the UK and beyond. It promotes, supports, develops and disseminates high-quality research in all areas of architectural humanities.

AHRA facilitates a comprehensive international network of established academics, encouraging the development of younger researchers and fostering the exploration of new and emerging areas of humanities research in architecture. It disseminates research in architectural humanities through annual refereed conferences, meetings, research symposia and high-quality research publications.

The Organising Committee plans to host content on the symposium website pages for a minimum of one year; promote said content through social media channels; and present highlights and/or selected works within the WSA end-of-year exhibition. There will be a prize for the best poster also. Further benefits from participating include potential to put forward a paper for publication within Architecture and Culture, AHRA’s international, peer-reviewed journal. Accepted papers will be strongly encouraged to submit to the journal.

Key dates

6 January 2023Deadline to submit 350-word abstract via Microsoft Forms
2 February 2023Notification to speakers
17 March 2023Registration deadline
12 April 2023Panel sessions, keynote(s), poster presentation, round table
13 April 2023Panel sessions, keynote(s), plenary discussion
14 April 2023Optional social activities for symposium delegates

Call for submissions

We are no longer accepting new submissions.

Authors of selected abstracts will be asked to present their research inside 10-20 minutes, format depending, at the event. Other forms of participation can be discussed in advance with the Organising Committee. Please send an email to if you would like to discuss this.

Research students are invited to display their research on an A2 poster (portrait or landscape) during the event also. The participant is responsible for printing and submitting the poster to the conference committee.

In-person attendance is encouraged. However, please do get in touch if you have special requirements (e.g. fasting during Ramadan, or any health condition that would prevent you from attending in person), so that online arrangements can be made. The symposium is free of charge to attend.

This event is co-funded by the Welsh School of Architecture and the Doctoral Academy.


Registration for this event is now open.

Participant registration is organised via Microsoft Teams forms to be completed using your professional email address.

Please note that only registered participants will have access to sessions and networking opportunities on the event days.

By registering, participants acknowledge and agree that their contributions (comments, discussions, roundtables, questions, etc.) may be recorded by the AHRA committee for conference publications.

The information provided will only be used by AHRA Research Student Symposium 2023.

Registration deadline: 17 March 2023,13:00

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  • Professor Camillo Boano, Development Planning Unit, UCL
  • Dr Dimitra Ntzani
  • Dr Federico Wulff
  • Professor Clarice Bleil De Souza and Dr Camilla Pezzica

Travel to the symposium is at delegates' cost. The use of public transport is strongly encouraged – the venue is a short walk from national coach, bus, and train networks. Parking will not be provided, except for accessibility needs. A list of budget accommodation recommendations will be provided ahead of the symposium.

A vegan buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided on the two symposium days. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and/or cup and let us know of any dietary requirements during registration.