Georgia Tech Models Construction Education's Future

"Hosting the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) conference was a unique opportunity for the School of Building Construction to lead the conversation and model what the future of construction education can be,” School of Building Construction Professor Javier Irizarry said. “The yearly international conference is the place for faculty to share ideas and think about the future of construction education."

Construction faculty from around the world gathered at Georgia Tech to shape the future of construction education.

The Georgia Tech School of Building Construction, along with Kennesaw State University’s Department of Construction Management, hosted the 58th Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) International Conference on April 20-23, 2022.

“The ASC is the largest group of construction education programs in the world with over 170 universities as members. Hundreds of faculty members from diverse programs housed in architecture, engineering, technology, and many other academic units at their home institutions participate each year in the conference,” Irizarry said.

Irizarry was the 2022 ASC Conference Chair responsible for organizing the conference as a whole. From Kennesaw State, Building Construction alumna Irish Horsey (Ph.D. BC ’21), Interim Chair of the Department of Construction Management, along with Pavan Meadati, led the efforts from their side coordinating student volunteers, hosting a reception, and having faculty participate as part of the organizing committee and as volunteers.

Associate Professor Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi, the 2022 ASC Conference Program Chair, also delivered one of the conference keynotes.

Beyond those moderated workshops and panels, though, attendees also took the opportunity to reconnect after COVID. Spring weather allowed guests to enjoy the Georgia Tech campus in bloom and the patio outside the Exhibition Hall. Attendees toured the Kennesaw State University campus and Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. The conference recognized teachers of excellence with two awards ceremonies and culminated with a banquet at the Georgia Aquarium, featuring a performance of FOREST, a collaboration between Georgia Tech music technology researchers and Kennesaw State dancers.

“Hosting our colleagues and their students from all the great construction programs around the nation was a great celebration of Construction Education in general, and our new and improved undergraduate program in Building Construction in particular,” school chair Ece Erdogmus said.

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