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Conference Schedule



BTES 2017, Poetics + Pragmatism
Iowa State University, Des Moines, IA
June 8-10, 2017

DAY ONE, Thursday, June 8

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, ISU
Pappajohn Education Center Room 201

10:30am-noon: Paper Session I (Concurrent Sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center Classrooms

12:15-1:15pm: Lunch & Presentation by Autodesk
12:30 Room 201 Presentation by Autodesk
Food/Drink: Tacopocalypse
Location: Sculpture Park (and Pappajohn Education Center Lobby)

1:30pm-3:00pm: Paper Session II (Concurrent Sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center Classrooms

3:00-3:15 Coffee Break

3:15-4:45 Paper Session III (Concurrent Sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

5:00-7:00pm Des Moines Tours

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


DAY TWO, Friday, June 9

7:30-9:00am:  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: Paper Session IV (Concurrent Sessions)
Pappajohn Education Center classrooms

12:15-1:15pm: Lunch & BTES Presentation
12:30 Room 201 BTES Book Award and Emerging Faculty Winners Present
Food/Drink: Pi515
Location: Sculpture Park and Pappajohn Education Center Lobby

1:30pm-3:00pm Round-Table Discussion
Strengthening Research and Practice Partnerships
Sponsored by AIA in partnership with TAD Journal
Des Moines Public Library, Wells Fargo Meeting Room

3:00-3:15pm: Coffee Break

3:15-4:45pm: Paper Session IV (Concurrent Sessions)
Location: Pappajohn Education Center Classrooms

5:00pm-5:15pm: Transportation provided to DM Art Center

5:15-6:15pm: Cocktails in the Courtyard
Des Moines Art Center
(Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, and Richard Meier building wings enclosure courtyard)
Food/Drink: Catered by Tangerine

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

7:30-9:00pm: Awards Dinner & Reception
Courtyard and Lobby, DM Art Center
Food/Drink: Catered by Tangerine

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

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

Workshop descriptions and registration details:

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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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Conference Registration

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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btes logo

The Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) is an organization of architectural educators, passionate about teaching the technology of building design and construction.

The mission of the BTES is to promote and publish the best pedagogic practices, relevant research, scholarship, and other creative activity to facilitate student learning, advance innovation, and enhance the status of our disciplines in the profession at large.

To achieve this mission, the BTES seeks to:

• Promote and share the best architectural technology teaching practices among all who are concerned with effective teaching in these subject areas.

• Promote critical discourse and the scholarship of teaching on issues related to
pedagogic theory in architectural technology, with peer-reviewed publications of its work for public dissemination.

• Enhance the mentoring process among faculty, students and practitioners for the enrichment of all involved and for the preservation and propagation of accumulated experience and wisdom.

• Stress the issues concerning technology in architectural curricula to help influence change when necessary in the related accreditation process.

• Foster the continued betterment of the profession by serving as a point of contact for the discussion of issues related to building technology with the design professions and building industry at large.

• Bring issues of concern to affiliated entities in the Academy, profession, industry and associated regulatory agencies and

• Facilitate connections among like-minded individuals for collaborative research.