To register:

$300 Before Mar 1 Early Bird Registration (BTES Members Only)
$350 Before May 1 Regular Registration (BTES Members Only)
$450 After May 1 Late Registration
$400 Non-Member BTES Registration (includes 2 year membership to BTES)
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All BTES Award submissions are due January 15, 2017.
Deadline extended to January 29, 2017.

BTES Emerging Faculty 2017

This award recognizes building technology educators who are early in their teaching career and display excellence and innovation in their teaching performance, methods, and subject matter.

BTES Book Award 2017 

The BTES Book Award recognizes an outstanding new book on the topic of building technologies that significantly contributes to building technology education in architecture. The prize will be a $1,000 award stipend to help cover registration, travel, and lodging for attending the BTES biennial conference.

BTES Student Scholarship 2017

Two award categories have been established, one for a paper submittal and one for a design portfolio. Each award will be chosen by a BTES-member jury, and will provide a $500 scholarship for travel expenses, free conference admission, and a 1-year BTES membership.

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Fiona Cousins

I am an Arup Fellow with expertise in mechanical engineering and sustainability consulting. I have a particular interest in building physics, thermal comfort and energy efficiency, and spent the first few years of my career developing software to analyze the performance of highly-glazed buildings. My interest in energy efficiency in buildings broadened to include all aspects of environmental and social impacts of buildings. The projects that I am most proud of are those where we have achieved strong sustainable performance as well as excellent design and place-making. These projects include Princeton University’s Frick Chemistry Building and the US Embassy in London. I lead the sustainability team in the New York office of Arup and am one of the leaders of the mechanical engineering team there.  I am a LEED® Fellow and have served for two years as the chair of the New York Chapter of the US Green Building Council (Urban Green). I am the 2016 chair of the board of directors of the USGBC. I frequently present on the topics of low-energy design and sustainability. More…

Fiona Cousins lecture is made possible by sponsorship from The American Institute of Architects.


Rod Kruse

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The Des Moines Marriott Downtown has a special group rate of 139.00 USD per night for BTES Attendees.

Start date: Thursday, 6/8/17 *
End date: Sunday, 6/11/17
Last day to book: 5/18/17

Book your Marriott group rate for BTES

*Wednesday 6/7/17 is currently sold out for conference pricing at the Marriott due to the World Pork Expo. Please check with Marriott Des Moines for availability of rooms Wednesday night at non-conference rates. Conference attendees are encouraged to book at Marriott for Thursday 6/8 – Sunday 6/11 at the conference rate using the provided link. Many downtown hotels are fuller than usual due to the World Pork Expo or are charging higher than normal room rates. Therefore, we have worked to create a more affordable option, please see below.

We are working with Drake University to secure Residence Hall rooms on campus (1.5 miles from conference location). These rooms will be available to conference attendees for $50/night, DART passes will be provided, and shuttle transportation to the conference is available. These rooms may be single rooms or “suites” of 4 private rooms around a shared living area–once Drake has confirmed which rooms are available, you will be contacted with more information about specific room assignments.

Start date: Wednesday, 6/7/17
End date: Sunday, 6/11/17
Last day to book: 5/18/17

Book your Drake Dorm Room for BTES

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Conference Schedule

BTES 2017, Poetics + Pragmatism

Iowa State University, Des Moines, IA
June 8-10, 2017

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (subject to change)


8:00-9am: Conference Registration & Breakfast
Location: Pappajohn Education Center Lobby
Food/Drink: LaMie Bakery

9:00-10:15am: Welcome, Opening Keynote Lecture:
Lecturer: Professor Tom Leslie, AIA, Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and Director of Graduate Education, Iowa State University
Pappajohn Education Center Large Classroom

10:30am-noon: Paper Session I (Three concurrent sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

Noon-12:45pm: Lunch & Peer Mentoring Session
Location: Sculpture Park (Lobby if raining)
Food/Drink: Tacopocalypse

1:00pm-2:30pm: Paper Session II (Three concurrent sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

2:30-2:45 Coffee Break

2:45-4:15 Paper Session III (Three concurrent sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

4:30-6:30pm Des Moines Tours

7:30pm: “Dine Arounds” in Des Moines
Reservations made at several restaurants in downtown Des Moines near conference location; sign-ups at conference. (Cost not included in the conference registration)


8:00-9:00am:  Breakfast / Coffee
Location: Pappajohn Education Center Lobby
Food/Drink: LaMie Bakery

8:00-8:45am: BTES Board Meeting
Pappajohn Education Center Classrooms
Coffee / Tea available

9:00-10:15am: Keynote Lecture:
Lecturer: Rod Kruse, FAIA, Principal, BNIM,
2011 AIA Firm of the Year,
Location: Room 201 Pappajohn Education Center

10:30am-noon: TAD Round-Table Discussion
Des Moines Public Library

Noon-12:45pm: Lunch & Award Winner Presentations
BTES Book Award and Emerging Faculty winners to present their work during lunch
Location: Pappajohn Education Center Lobby
Food/Drink: Pi515

1:00pm-2:30pm: Paper Session V (Two concurrent sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

2:30pm-2:45p: Coffee Break

2:45pm-4:15pm: Paper Session IV (Three Concurrent Sessions)
Location: Pappajohn Education Center Classrooms

4:15pm-4:45pm Transportation provided to DM Art Center

4:45-6:15pm: Cocktails in the Courtyard
Des Moines Art Center (Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, and Richard Meier building wings enclosure courtyard)
Drinks and Appetizers served

6:15pm-7:30pm: Final Keynote Presentation
Fiona Cousins, Arup Fellow
I.M. Pei Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center

7:30-9:00pm: Awards Dinner & Reception
Courtyard and Lobby, DM Art Center
Catered Plate Dinner

9:00-9:30pm: Transportation back to Downtown Des Moines

DAY THREE, Saturday, June 10, 2017: WORKSHOPS (Optional)

Workshop descriptions and registration details: