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UL School of Architecture and Design to co-host national design conference

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. Over 110 design faculty from nearly 50 colleges and universities across the United States will travel to Louisiana this spring to engage in discussion, sharing of ideas, and presentation of teaching innovations in design.
NCBDS39 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.

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.

A public lecture by industrial designer Stephen Burks will be hosted on the UL campus March 2, 2024 from 5:30-6:30 at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) Center, 537 Cajundome Blvd in Lafayette, LA. This keynote lecture is made available to the public through the UL School of Architecture and Design Ed Mathes Lecture Series. This lecture is free and open to the public. One AIA continuing education credit available.

Liane Hancock and Pasquale DePaola, NCBDS 39 Co-Chairs
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