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UL School of Architecture and Design to host national design conference

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana Tech University are delighted to announce that we are hosting the 39th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, February 29 – March 2, 2024,in Lafayette, Louisiana. The deadline for abstracts is October 18, 2023.

Conference Theme: Shared Resources

At a time when physical and financial resources seem alarmingly diminished, but data is ever more accessible, this year's conference will focus on the ways that beginning design courses introduce the concept of shared resources at the global, regional, and institutional scale. This conference celebrates the dexterity and ingenuity of sharing to problem solve, to stretch resources, to utilize resources in ways that overlap, and to build community and resilience through group work. Shared Resources will be framed through faculty development of pedagogy in relation to research, design assessment, writing initiatives, design thinking exercises, and ideation techniques. 

The conference welcomes new faculty to attend and participate. This event provides opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, networking, and presentation of research and pedagogical methods within an inclusive environment. Abstracts for papers and projects are blind reviewed for acceptance, full papers and projects are presented at the conference, and proceedings of the papers and posters are published with ISBN.

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Liane Hancock and Pasquale DePaola, NCBDS 39 Co-Chairs