The Constructed Environment Research Network


Founded in 2010, the International Conference on the Constructed Environment is held annually in different locations, selected for the way each raises specific kinds of questions about the nature of architecture, landscape and human habitation. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the past character and future shape of the built environment. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism. In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a trans-disciplinary dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of: architecture, anthropology, business, design, economics, education, engineering, environmental design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, sociology, town and regional planning, and transportation.

The International Conference on the Constructed Environment is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.


The Constructed Environment Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, community members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The International Journal of the Constructed Environment provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the The Constructed Environment Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats.


The Constructed Environment Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter, or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2010 - Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy
  • 2011 - University Center, Chicago, USA
  • 2012 - UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2013 - In Partnership with the Lisbon Architecture Triennial at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2014 - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2016 - University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
  • 2017 - Cracow University of Technology, Krakow, Poland
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on the Constructed Environment has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Aaron Levy, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA (2011)
  • Beatrice Galilee, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal (2013)
  • Bing Thom, Bing Thom Architects, Vancouver, Canada (2012)
  • David Mayernik, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, USA (2010)
  • Jeffery S. Poss, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (2010)
  • Kathryn H. Anthony, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA (2010)
  • Ryan E. Smith, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA (2011)
  • Sally Harrison, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA (2014)
  • Winka Dubbeldam, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (2014)

Past Partners

The Constructed Environment Research Network has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: