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Call for Abstracts

Call For Abstracts Open: June 10, 2024

We are excited to announce the 2025 AEI Conference Theme “Delivering Future Ready Buildings: An Integrated Approach." The technical program will focus on strategies for integrating architecture, engineering, construction, biomaterials, technology and key industry stakeholders.

Reimagining the buildings of the future that are more resilient, adaptive, healthy, and sustainable, will require a holistic approach that involves a diverse interdisciplinary team of architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners early in the design process, and the academic community to prepare the minds of the next generation to get us there!

The technical program will consist of a blend of individual technical presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and paper presentations. Graduate and undergraduate research posters will be featured in a technical session or on display throughout the conference depending on the demand. The poster submission process will be issued in January 2025.


Note to Authors

This year’s program will feature a track of sessions for paper presentations that will be published in the AEI 2025 Conference Post-Conference Proceedings. Authors will submit an abstract during the Call For Abstracts process. If the abstract is accepted, authors will then provide a first draft and final paper as outlined in the Important Dates below. The primary author listed in the submission will be required to register for the conference and present at the conference in order to have the paper included in the proceedings. 

Also, please consider submitting a paper to the AEI Journal of Architectural Engineering!

Technical Program Tracks – AEI Build

Abstract submitters will be required to identify the best fit AEI Build category and sub-topic when submitting abstracts. AEI Build draws on the best ideas in design, construction, and maintenance of buildings in seven practice-focused areas of the architectural engineering profession: Deliver, Enclose, Learn, Modular, Perform, Resilient, and Sustain. Learn more about the AEI Build Technical Communities.

Technical Tracks

You are invited to submit an abstract to any of the technical tracks that most closely aligns with your topic:

  • AEI – Build Deliver 
  • AEI – Build Enclose 
  • AEI – Build Learn 
  • AEI – Build Modular 
  • AEI – Build Perform 
  • AEI – Build Resilient 
  • AEI – Build Secure
  • AEI – Build Sustain

Targeted Topics


  • Advanced project delivery design/build, integrated project delivery, lean, best value, design-bid-build, and public-private partnerships (P3)
  • Advances in unitized construction
  • Building commissioning
  • Construction automation and workforce development
  • Industrialization
  • Integration of modular systems into traditional construction
  • Modular design and construction
  • Prefab
  • Offsite construction and prefabrication
  • Optimization of building space, material and energy use, and site potential
  • Temporary construction to address climate or societal challenges

Electrical | Lighting 

  • Decarbonization
  • Electrification
  • Energy efficiency
  • DC power distribution
  • Energy-producing or conserving measures for buildings
  • Photovoltaic
  • Retrofits
  • Lighting controls
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Advanced energy metering
  • UV disinfectant lighting 
  • Horticultural lighting
  • Resilient design strategies
  • DC energized ceiling grids


  • Decarbonization
  • Electrification
  • High-performance buildings
  • Well building design
  • Passive heating/cooling
  • Indoor air quality


  • Architectural design
  • Advanced retrofit approaches
  • Historical renovations
  • Embodied carbon


  • Designing for disasters
  • Facades
  • Post-event recovery and performance
  • Structural ventilation


  • Noise mitigation
  • Materials and technology advancements
  • Health implications


  • AE curriculum
  • Data collection
  • Establishing engineering mentoring/training programs
  • Future of engineering (hybrid work, work environment, mission of work)
  • Graduate and undergraduate student poster (posters only)

Facility Management

  • Lifecycle considerations
  • Preventative and corrective maintenance
  • Facilities condition index (FCI)
  • Building operations (best practices)

Fire and Safety

  • Early warning detection
  • Windland interface
  • Battery storage

Market Sector Case Studies

  • Businesses (mission critical, mixed-use, warehouse, workplace)
  • Community (civic, cultural, education, heath,recreation, residential, or retail)
  • Venue (entertainment, luxury, or restaurant)
  • Other


  • Decarbonization of construction materials
  • Innovations and solutions: vacuum insulated panels, photovoltaic integration, modular construction; storm- and fire-resistant design and materials
  • Research

Technologies & Materials

  • AI, machine learning, generative AI BIM, CAD, extended reality
  • Biogenetics
  • Occupant-aware building controls 
  • Healthy buildings: enhance indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and health outcomes
  • Modeling and co-simulation
  • Smart cities and communities


  • Ethics
  • Workforce development

Session Types

Technical concurrent breakout sessions are 60 - 90-minute blocks that will be subdivided per presentation type as outlined below. AE practitioners proposing a technical or case study presentation are encouraged to focus subjects on the most current industry practices in a vendor-neutral format.

  • Panel Sessions: Multi-disciplinary teams discuss, debate, or present knowledge in an engaging way with the audience. (90 minutes)
  • Technical Presentation:
    • Case Studies: The presentation must include a multi-disciplinary project team. Teams will describe in detail an entire project including: project management, architecture and engineered design, challenges, failures, successes, outcome, and the owner perspective. (45 minutes)
    • Individual Technical Podium Presentation:  Present a single subject that advances the AEI Builds. (20 minutes)
    • Individual Paper Podium Presentation: Present a single subject that advances the AEI Builds. (30 minutes)
  • Technology/Software Company Presentation/ Demonstration: Present or demonstrate the business ideas and solutions for new design and construction, or material technology, to allow businesses to connect with researchers and practitioners in the field

Abstract Requirements

  • Abstracts may be submitted in MS Word for proposed presentations and are expected to be between 200 to 400 words. Abstracts cannot contain images, tables, or other graphic elements. 
  • Submissions must include the full names, credentials, affiliations, contact information, and email addresses for ALL individuals who will be presenting at the conference. Contributing Authors for paper presentations may be recognized in the abstract and PPTs, but should not be listed as a speaker unless they are registered and presenting at the conference.
  • Approved speakers are required to register and attend the conference.
  • Be sure to submit the presenter(s’) name as should appear in the conference program  (i.e. John Doe vs Jonathan Doe, Ph.D., P.E.).
  • Upload speaker's headshots and bios to be featured in the online digital technical program!

Abstract Evaluation

Abstract evaluation for acceptance to the conference will be based on:

  • Technical content and topic alignment
  • Contribution to science and/or practice of AE
  • Quality of methodology/approach
  • Impact/advancement on AE profession
  • Practical applications
  • Potential for a quality presentation in the chosen session type

Submission Instructions

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  2. Enter your email address, password and confirm the password. Click the Sign Up button. An email will be sent to you.
  3. Click on the turquoise button in your email labeled Confirm Account.
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  7. Once logged in, a turquoise box will pop up at the top of your screen indicating you have created a submission. You will be in edit mode of that submission.
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  9. Click Save on the bottom right of your screen as necessary. If required fields are missing data, you will see the missing data tabs indicated with a red triangle.
  10. Click on the Submit button on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.

Submission Checklist

  • Abstract title and description
  • Presenter's name, credentials, affiliation, and headshot (if desired).
    *The presenters' names will appear in the technical program as they are entered into the Paper Management System. (i.e. John Doe vs Jonathan Doe, Ph.D., P.E.)

Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Open | June 10, 2024
  • Abstracts due | September 13th, 2024
  • Notification of accepted abstract | October 18th, 2024
  • Confirmation of acceptance to present at the conference will be requested. Presenters must confirm attendance at the conference. Failure to confirm will result in the accepted abstract being withdrawn. | November 1, 2024
  • Registration is required for all presenters. Failure to register will result in the presentation being withdrawn from the program, and a paper being withdrawn from the proceedings. | March 7, 2025 
  • Final Papers due for the Post-Conference Proceedings | June 1, 2025


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