February 7, 2019

Returning in the fall of 2019, regional conferences will take place in the Northeast and West Quads. These gatherings, known as Quad Conferences, are hosted by local chapters who have been selected to organize the event by their Quad at Grassroots! Themes vary based on the city, local culture, and architectural topic of choice.

Quad Conferences are a terrific way to meet other students in your region, learn about architecture outside of the classrooms and engage with professionals. This past year at AIAS FORUM in Seattle, the following schools won the bid to host their Quad’s conference. Each one of these conferences has its own unique identity and schedule. Take a look at the conference descriptions of each quad below:

West Quad Conference

Location: Honolulu, Hawai’i

Host School: University of Hawai’i, Manoa

Dates: November 7th-10th, 2019

Culturally Intensive Design: KULEANA

The term kuleana, from a Hawaiian perspective, is an understanding of the responsibility that people have to care for the natural and built environments. We have a kuleana to our land: to care for it and to respect it, and in return. Our land has the kuleana to feed, shelter, and clothe us. It is through this relationship we maintain balance within society and with our natural environment; neither can exist without the other. All should coexist in balance and harmony. It is the relationship between people, nature, and architecture that we as architects have a kuleana for. Kuleana is an inherent quality and a basic foundation of design.

Culturally Intensive Design: KULEANA will allow students to explore Hawaiian architecture while enriching one’s self in the nature and culture. Students will be exposed to the architectural practices that are specific to Hawai’i due its unique geographic location and climate and will learn more about how nature, architecture, and people connect.

Northeast Quad Conference

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Host School: Temple University

Dates: October 3rd-6th, 2019

Made with LOVE in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the United States and is also the largest city in Pennsylvania. It is a place where many people come to be creative because of the diversity of its urban fabric. Each neighborhood in Philadelphia offers history, culture, and new experiences for everyone.


Philadelphia was originally envisioned as a place that people would be able to find refuge and with that, the city has turned into a place where many different types of people come to live. Usually the cultures mix, but we see certain cultures branch off into neighborhoods such as South Street, Chinatown, and Old City.


Philadelphia has many different types of infrastructure. It offers everything from historical to modern, romantic to contemporary. The infrastructure of the city is extremely diverse and can appeal to all different tastes.