National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 2023

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Welcome to the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 38 (NCBDS 38) hosted by the School of Design, Architecture and Art at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

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Registration now open!

Registration covers all sessions, a printed copy of the paper proceedings, and scheduled meals and receptions. Please visit our website for the registration fees and more information:

The conference may be cancelled, postponed, or change formats due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NCBDS will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. 


Call For Papers

Conference Theme: Known and Unknown Territories 

The theme of the NCBDS38 conference is Known and Unknown Territories. The conference focuses on ways in which known territories and unknown territories are contemplated, explored, and defined in the beginning design education and spatial thinking. The question of known and unknown Territories is intended to guide beginning design students to a new place of understanding rather than to a location. How does this question manifest in pedagogical processes? Didactic, haptic, and technological inventions are in constant flux and evolution. Reconsiderations of how we approach the built environment and the systems we interact with are emerging from the Pandemic and into a space in which we must reconsider how and where we design. The conference organizers welcome educators and students to create paper submissions from the fields of art, architecture, design, and landscape architecture within five areas or perspectives:

  • Known and Unknown Territories – Terra Incognito 
  • Known and Unknown Territories – Otherness 
  • Known and Unknown Territories – Future and Past 
  • Known and Unknown Territories – Technology 
  • Known and Unknown Territories – Speculation
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