Association of Architectural School Librarians
Annual Conference, March 1 - 4, 2012
Conference organizer: Sarah Dickinson, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
Book before February 13, 2012 to receive the ACSA Group Rate.
Group Rate: $179 (+additional 14.25% in taxes)
Registration due by February 17th.
NOW AVAILABLE: Online registration and payment for members and guests. Print/Mail Registration: Word | PDF
“Collaborations within and beyond the design academy”
Thursday March 1 2012
3:15 – 5:15pm: Boston by Foot tour of Victorian Back Bay (meet in Hotel lobby for 15 minute walk to
Trinity Church, Copley Square, where we will meet our guides from Boston By Foot).
On this tour you will learn about the filling of the Back Bay, the creation of the neighborhood, and how
this was enabled by the development of new technology in the mid‐1800s. Designed to imitate the
grand boulevards of Paris, the Back Bay is one of the few areas of Boston where the streets are straight
and the sidewalks wide. Boston's Back Bay embraces one of America's richest collections of art and
architecture. The treasures of Back Bay and Copley Square include grand rows of Back Bay townhouses,
Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and New Old South Church.
E6:15 Meet in lobby to travel to Group dinner at Marliave
Friday March 2 2012
Location: Park Plaza Hotel
8:00 – 9:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast sponsored by Material Connexion
9:00 – 10:30 Business Meeting
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45‐11:45 Avery Index and BWR Updates (Jeffrey Ross,Avery Indexer, Reference Librarian, Avery Library)
11:45 - 12:00 Le Corbusier Plans Online Demonstration (Ronald Poe, General Manager, Echelle-1 Internationale)
12 – 2:00pm Lunch on your own
2:00 – 3:30 Special Focus Session: “Digital Collaborations within and beyond the design academy: The
Moderator: Sarah Dickinson, Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Participants: Hannah Bennett,, Princeton University
Ann Baird Whiteside, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Jesse Shapins, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Jolene de Verges MIT
Jennifer Parker, Notre Dame
Samantha Salden, Notre Dame
This special panel will explore the ways new technologies are transforming the activities of the design
academy, including how we collect, share, teach, and experience the creative and scholarly record of the
built environment. This session will focus on the ways librarians and faculty members are collaborating
to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by ever‐evolving technologies to expand the arenas
of digital exploration and scholarship. From addressing issues of the preservation of born digital content
to the creation of new research portals and tools for integrating collections in a shared curatorial
environment, the panelists’ presentations will demonstrate the exciting possibilities of collaboration
within and beyond the design academy.Full presentation descriptions
3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:30 Special Focus Session 2: New Frontiers in Research and Pedagogy: Collaborative
Approaches in Architectural Education.
Moderator: Hannah Bennett, Princeton University
Participants: Heather McCann, MIT
Amy Trendler, Ball State University
Gilda Santana, University of Miami
Stacy Brinkman, Miami University
Diane Fellows, Miami University
This panel examines how faculty and librarians have collaborated to provide innovative tools and
pedagogical approaches to developing research skills necessary to navigate an array of information
formats in a context‐driven and design‐oriented environment. Papers include presentations on the
design and development of a materials collection, a GIS instruction program tailored for Architecture
students, and innovative classroom and embedded studio‐based faculty/librarian collaborations
exploring innovative approaches to the development of research and writing skills.
Full presentation descriptions.
6 - 8pm: Reception for AASL members at F.A. Bernett Booksellers (144 Lincoln Street in the leather District)- Join Peter Bernett and his staff for wine, light refreshments, and conversation. A treasure trove....
Saturday March 3 2012: Harvard GSD / MIT / Boston Architectural College
8:30 AM: Meet in lobby for MBTA trip over to Harvard campus
9:00 – 12:00 Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Our morning will start with coffee and pastries in the Visual Resources + Materials
Department, followed by department presentations and small group breakout sessions.
Details on small group topics to follow.
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch: on your own / travel to MIT campus.
2:00 – 5:00pm Modernist architecture tour of the MIT campus, combined with a tour of Rotch Library
of Architecture and Planning, highlighting a number of special architectural
MIT’s campus is rich with architectural gems, from Aalto’s Baker House (1947), Kresge
Auditorium and the MIT Chapel designed by Saarinen (1953 and 1954), to Catalano’s
Stratten Building (1963) to I.M. Pei’s Green Building (1964). More recently, the Stata
Center by Gehry and the Maki‐designed Media Lab will be included in the tour. On view
in the Institute Archives Gallery, Glass at MIT, an exhibit featuring the recently acquired
Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation Collection.
5:00 – 6:30pm: Reception in Memorial Library at the Boston Architectural College (host, Susan Lewis) 320 Newbury Street, 6th floor
Evening: Dinner on your own, committee meetings.
Sunday March 4 2012
8:30 – 10:00 Leadership Breakfast. (Hotel)
10:15– 1:15pm Bus trip to the Gropius House, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
The house Walter Gropius designed for his family in 1938, after arriving in
Massachusetts to teach at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is now owned by
Historic New England (formerly Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) and
open for guided tours. This tour sold out when it was offered at the ARLIS/NA annual
meeting in 2010, so we hope you to take this opportunity to visit this seminal work of
Modernist residential architecture in New England.