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Call for Papers: Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-Being

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The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2014 & The Annual Nordic Association of Architectural Research Conference (NAAR) invites you to participate a conference on the theme Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-Being on 23–25 October 2014 in University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture, Finland. The Symposium is the annual gathering for research in architecture, urban design and planning and has been organized by the Finnish schools of architecture (Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology, University of Oulu) together with the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA since 2009.

Theme: Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-being

The theme of the symposium aims to discuss how to bridge knowledge gaps between the planning, design, production, use and transformation of the Northern built environment in the context of human well-being. Also, the theoretical and philosophical openings are very welcome to the symposium.The Symposium offers international keynote lectures, high quality research papers and a relaxed arena for discussion for researchers and practitioners of the Nordic countries and broader international audience. The symposium languages are English, Finnish and Swedish. We welcome researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban design and planning, geography, cultural anthropology, the social sciences, ecology, and other fields related to architectural studies to present their work. The subjects concern but are not limited to the themes related to the built environment and human well-being as presented in the following table:

ATuT 2014: themes and tracks.

Important dates


Preliminary programme

Thursday 23.10.201412.00 Registration for the Workshops 13.15 Parallel workshops for researchers (topics will be chosen among the proposals) 20.30 Get-together party at ApajaFriday 24.10.20149.15-11.00 Closing of the workshop sessions 11.30 Registration for the Seminar 12.15 Welcoming words 12.30 Keynote lecture, Professor Kristina Nilsson, Luleå University of Technology, Unit of Architecture (confirmed) 13.30 Tracks 1–4 15.30 Coffee 16.00 Tracks 1–4 18.00 Keynote lecture, Professor Doina Petrescu, The University of Sheffield, School of Architecture (to be confirmed) 19.00 Reception at City Hall, City of Oulu (to be confirmed) 20.00 Evening continues at Architects’ Guild HouseSaturday 25.10.20149.30 Tracks 1–4 11.30 Keynote lecture, Professor Paul Dourish, The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine (to be confirmed) 12.30 Lunch 13.30 Tracks 1–4 15.00 Keynote lecture, Professor Mette Ramsgard Thomsen, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, The Centre for Information Technology and Architecture [CITA] (to be confirmed) 16.00 Coffee 16.30 Tracks 1–4 18.00 Panel discussion 18.30 Closing words and drinksOrganizers reserve the right for changes in the programme.

Scientific board and the peer-reviewing process

The papers to be submitted to the peer-review process will be written in English. The papers will be peer-reviewed and selected by a scientific board, which ensures the general academic quality of the conference. The scientific board consists of active post-doctoral level researchers, and its members will be selected among Nordic and international researchers. The peer-reviewing process will be double-blind. It will also be possible to publish high-quality non-reviewed articles (see Publishing).


The organizers will publish all the abstracts in the Book of Abstracts (available at the conference).The full papers (peer-reviewed and non-reviewed; the status mentioned in the publication) will be published in electronic format via an architectural research periodical using the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies’ Open Journal Systems (OJS) -publishing platform and/or The Nordic Journal of Architectural Research (decided case by case basis by the editor-in-chief of NJAR).The aim of the publication is to fulfill the criteria of the Finnish Publication Forum Project to receive recognition at Level 1 (basic). Accepted workshop proposals (organizers) will be published together with the full papers in the electronic form using OJS –publishing platform.

Registration fees

Architects and other academics, researchers, post-doctoral students with or without contribution
  • Early bird registration before September 15th 2014, 150 eur
  • Registration after September 15th 2014, 250 eur
  • One day registration (required for workshop participants), 100 eur
Students of architecture and other fields
  • Early bird registration before September 15th 2014, 50 eur
  • Registration after September 15th 2014, 75 eur


Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland (responsible): School of Architecture, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland: Department of Architecture, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland: Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics/YTK, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland: Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAAR): Finnish Association of Architects SAFA: www.safa.fiThe responsible organizing team will consist of members of the faculty and researchers of the Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu.

Further information

For further inquiries, please contact: Conference web page: More detailed information of the conference will be available at the conference web page in March 24th.