NewSchool of Architecture and Design to Host AIAS Spring West Quad Conference Print
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 13:20

Students in the NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) won a national competition to host this year’s West Quad Conference by presenting a formal bid during the 2010 AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Spring West Quad Conference,“Architecture in the Networked City,” offers professionals and student leaders the opportunity to explore how current urban spaces, sustainable designs and multinodal concepts can contribute to innovative and enhanced networked cities.

April 14–17, 2011

NSAD campus in downtown San Diego at 1249 F Street. Attendance is by registration only. Deadline to register is April 10. For more information, please visit

“Architecture in the Networked City” examines how a new generation of architects, planners and designers can explore networked possibilities for the urban environment. Can technologies coupled with advancements in the Internet and social media impact our social interactions to define a new public realm? A variety of developments, from online systems to high-speed transit systems, will offer new forms of access and communication that could redefine the urban paradigm. The conference will address these issues using San Diego as an appropriate setting for discussion and learning.

NSAD students Dan Ordonez and Carla Wijaya are the conference co-chairs. Allen Ghaida is AIAS chapter president.


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Keynote speakers include:


Chris Genik, dean of NSAD. Genik joined NSAD after eight years as a professor and director of the undergraduate architecture program at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. He is also a principal, partner and co-founder of Daly Genik Architects in Santa Monica, Calif. The firm received a national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award, a Gold Medal for Urban Excellence from the Bruner Foundation and four design awards from the AIA/LA in 2008

Miles Kemp, founder and president of Variate Labs, LLC and Spatial Robots. Kemp’s design and fabrication experience spans all scales and mediums of the built and digital world including buildings, large-scale robotics, products, vehicles, software, interfaces and information strategies. He is currently developing various projects across the globe, most recently including Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, London, Tokyo and Munich.
Geoff Manaugh, author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine and contributing editor at Wired. In addition to lecturing on a broad range of architectural topics at design schools and museums around the world, he has taught design studios at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, the University of Southern California and the University of Technology, Sydney. In August 2011, his solo-curated show “Landscape Futures” will open at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design
NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), located in San Diego, Calif., and founded in 1980, is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NSAD also offers a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and a Master of Landscape Architecture. For more information, visit