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Call for Submissions

New this year!

The AEI Conference is teaming with the ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering to provide opportunities for exceptional papers to be submitted for consideration to be published in the Journal. Because of this, conference papers will be limited to 6 pages to allow those interested and selected for the journal version of the paper to expand upon the writing with new knowledge. When submitting your abstract please indicate if you would be interested in advancing your paper for journal publication after the conference if it is deemed acceptable by the reviewers.

Download Call for Abstracts (.pdf)

Session Types

  • Panel Sessions: multi-disciplinary teams discuss, debate, or present knowledge in an engaging way with the audience (90 minutes sessions).
  • Case Studies: presentations 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 of the project (1 to 2 case study per 90 minutes session).
  • Individual Technical Sessions: present a single subject that advances the AEI Builds (3-4 presentations/papers per 90 minutes session).
  • Graduate Student Poster Session: presentation of technical work in a visual display for attendees to view and interact with. Master’s and Ph.D. students only. There will be an award for best poster.

Suggested Conference Topics

The 2019 Steering and Local Committee is particularly interested in papers and presentations that include but are not limited to the following:


  • Profession practice, law, ethics, licensing, globalization
  • Building integration solutions
  • New planning, design, and construction methods for complex projects


  • Curtain wall design and retrofit
  • Innovative products
  • Multi-disciplinary performance

Learn (Educator Side)

  • Teamwork, non-technical, and architecture education
  • Learning and education reform for a global engineer
  • Forward-thinking active learning strategies


  • Designing for modular buildings
  • Performance of modular systems and buildings


  • Building failures and restoration: structures, foundations, envelope, etc.
  • Building energy performance from small-scale integration to city level systems
  • Achieving higher levels of systems’ performance


  • Integrating resiliency into designs through design and construction
  • Multi-hazard mitigation strategies
  • Reliability of building systems


  • Healthier and safer buildings from unwarranted problems
  • Building security assessment and standards
  • Protection of occupants


  • Life-cycle performance and analysis
  • New sustainable materials
  • New ideas advancing sustainability thinking

Abstract Content Information

Authors are asked to provide a detailed description of what will be presented. This description should be approximately 300–400 words and the following subsections must be identified in the first submitted abstract if the abstract is to be considered. Questions that each section might answer is listed but do not explicitly need to be filled out.

Topic and Target Audience

  • Is this a research topic or and industry-focused design talk?
  • What is the topic (clearly identify scope, methods, and results)?
  • Who is the target audience?

Audience Takeaways

  • What will the audience take away from your presentation? Try to list 3-5 specific items.
  • Explain how the audience will be able to use what they learn?
  • Does this provide a practical solution to a problem?

Architecture Engineering Mission

Abstract/Session Impacts and Improve the mission: Advancing Integrated Building Solutions (must provide max 50 words).

  • How does this presentation help prepare leaders to meet the mission?
  • What impact does this presentation have nationally (economically, technically and socially)?
  • How does this presentation bring together broader project teams?
  • How does this presentation drive innovation for the future of integrated building solutions?

Abstract Evaluation

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

  • Technical content
  • 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 format you picked

AEI Build

Authors will be required to identify the best fit AEI Build category when submitting abstracts.

AEI Build InitiativeThe AEI Build Initiative provides a framework for the technical program. AEI Build draws on the best ideas in design, construction, and maintenance of buildings in eight practice-focused areas of the architectural engineering profession: Deliver, Enclose, Learn, Modular, Perform, Resilient, Secure, and Sustain.

Learn more about AEI Build

Note: All accepted authors and presenters are required to register for the conference by , prior to final paper upload.

Call for Papers

Authors of accepted abstracts, who wish to be published and present at the conference, are required to submit a 6-page final paper for inclusion in the proceedings. The proceedings will be copyrighted and published electronically by ASCE (on a CD or other media). Authors may submit individually or as part of a group (3–4 abstracts) to form a full session proposal.

Download the Author Paper Template

PowerPoint presentations will be posted on AEI Collaborate (AEI’s online technical forum).

Call for Presentations

AE practitioners proposing a presentation only are encouraged to focus subjects on the most current industry practices in a vendor-neutral format. Must be presented by a multidisciplinary team.

PowerPoint presentations will be posted on AEI Collaborate (AEI’s online technical forum).

Abstracts should be submitted online through our abstract submissions site.

Submit Abstract

Submission Instructions

  1. Visit our abstract submission site to create a submission.
  2. Click on the "Create Account" tab to register an account.
  3. Enter your email address, password and confirm the password. Click the "Sign Up" button. An email will be sent to you.
  4. Click on the turquoise button in your email labeled "Confirm Account."
  5. A pop-up will appear stating, "Thank you for confirming your email."
  6. Click "Please click here to login."
  7. Log in to your account.
  8. 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.
  9. Complete all the required fields in all the tabs.
  10. 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.
  11. Click on the "Submit" button on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.
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