CAAD Futures 2021 Design Imperatives: The Future is Now

CAAD Futures 2021 is now open for submissions under the title “Design Imperatives: The Future is Now.” The conference and its workshops are scheduled to take place between the 11th and 19th of July 2021.  


CAAD Futures is a biannual international conference on computational architecture that, among similar events, stands out as a more reflective meeting intending a comprehensive perspective of the field. It was founded in 1985 by theCAAD Futures Foundation with the mission to “advance Computer Aided Architectural Design in the service of those concerned with the quality of the built environment”.


Open Call: Under the title “Design Imperatives: The Future is Now” this iteration of CAAD Futures intends to inquire into the contemporary relevance of the conference mission, extending its call to the various research areas relevant to design computing and its practice. Main tracks include: Past Futures Present Futures (Histories, theories and critique of design computing; antecedent futures; intersectionality, politics, aesthetics and ethics of space; CAAD literacy and methodologies); Architectural Automations & Augmentations (in the scope of Design, Fabrication and the Environment); Policies & Practices (Participatory and Collaborative Practices; Rethinking Sustainability; New Models of Architectural Diplomacy); as well as an Open Track.


Venue and format: The conference is formally hosted by the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, USA. However, given the current circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic the conference chairs are planning for a hybrid and distributed conference, accessible remotely both to registrants and to the wider public alike. Whether the conference will have a main physical venue at USC remains to be announced by the end of the year by evaluation of the global circumstances and in compliance with public health and safety directives regarding mass events and travelling.


Paper submissions are open until January 18th 2021. We expect full papers in short and long formats (up to 10 pages and between 15-20 pages respectively). Papers go through a two-phase double-blind peer review. Accepted papers are included in a Conference Proceedings volume published by the CAAD Futures Foundation (indexed in the CumInCAD database) while a smaller selection of the best contributions is published in a CCIS series volume by Springer.


Workshop submissions are open until February 15th 2021. Workshops precede the conference, taking place between July 11-15 2021, and are intended to inform it with their results. CAAD Futures 2021 is interested in exploring a range of hybrid viable workshop formats, from purely digital to purely physical options. We are open to distributed workshops, with components taking place in geographic locations and time-zones different from that of the formal venue. We also welcome different workshop types (e.g. tutorials, seminars, discussions) as well as delivery scenarios that applications are required to specify. 


Conference chairs
Dr David Gerber (University of Southern California)
Dr Evangelos Pantazis (IBI Group; University of Southern California)
Dr Alicia Nahmad (UCalgary; Architectural Association)
Biayna Bogosian (University of Southern California; Florida International University)
Constantinos Miltiadis (Aalto University) 


For the Open Call, important dates, paper and workshop submission guidelines and further information visit the CAAD Futures 2021 website at