The University of Oklahoma (OU) Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture will host “Schools of Thought: Rethinking Architectural Pedagogy,” from March 5-7 2020, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma Campus in Norman, Oklahoma.

The symposium is designed to bring together scholars, architects, and designers to explore questions about how we teach design. It coincides with the exhibition Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture, on display at the Fred Jones during the conference.

Keynote lecturers will include award-winning scholars Beatriz Colomina, Howard Crosby Butler Professor in the History of Architecture at Princeton University, and Joan Ockman, Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. The symposium will also include paper sessions, lightning talks, and a poster session.


More info:

  • Paper, lightning talk, and poster session proposals are due on August 30, 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance decisions by September 20, 2019.
  • For details about submitting a proposal, see below or visit the conference web page at http://architecture.ou.edu/schools-of-thought.

Submit a Paper Proposal

Scholars, architects, and designers are invited to submit papers for the following sessions. Submissions are due August 30, 2019. Paper proposal submissions should include a 300-word abstract and 100-word author bio.

“Do not Try to Remember”: Pedagogy in Transition | Chaired by Winifred Elysse Newman, Professor and Director of the Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments at Clemson University, and Lee Fithian, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma


Participatory Design and Community Engagement | Chaired by Justin Ferguson, Assistant Dean at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, and Shane Hampton, Director of the OU Institute for Quality Communities


Decolonizing Architectural Pedagogies | Chaired by Harriet Harriss, Dean of Architecture at Pratt Institute, and John Harris, Director of the OU Center for Peace and Development


Engaging Design-Build Pedagogy | Chaired by Christian Dagg, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at Auburn University, and Hans E. Butzer, Dean of the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Submit a Lightning Talk Proposal

“Schools of Thought” invites proposals for 5-minute lightning talks highlighting innovations in and critical questions about contemporary design pedagogy. Lightning talk submissions should include a 200-word abstract and 100-word scholar bio.

Just starting to flesh out an idea? Have something important to share, but not enough time to prepare a full conference presentation? Want to get a new conversation started about design pedagogy? Looking for feedback on an emerging project? Consider submitting a proposal for a 5-minute Lightning Talk. 


Submit a Poster Proposal

The University of Oklahoma invites architects, scholars, and designers to reconsider how and what we teach our students, this time for the 21st century. Poster submissions should include a 200-word abstract, 100-word author bio and a PDF draft of the 24” x 36” poster.

Poster submissions may highlight innovations in design pedagogy regarding a wide range of questions. For example, poster submissions may ask about the critical practices, daily rituals and habits an aspiring designer must learn in order to master the art of designing buildings. What role should the new technologies of design and fabrication play in shaping architectural curricula? Moreover, what is the ideal relationship between teacher and student—master and disciple, mentor and mentee? What do we need to do better to foster a more inclusive and diverse culture in design schools? And what role should history play in the design studio?


The “Schools of Thought” conference is made possible with support from the Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture.