29 (Monday) March - 1 (Thursday) April, 2021
School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

  • Abstracts due by 27th Sep 2020
  • Full Papers due by 29th Nov 2020

In a time of unprecedented global challenges, the need for researchers and designers to reflect on our changing society has rarely been more obvious. As the pandemic highlights the precariousness of our fragile climate, limited resources and unequitable urban areas, there is a new mandate for research and innovation, searching for new technology-enabled processes that positively impact our profession, communities, and planet.

The advancement and adoption of new technologies in all aspects of our society have started to profoundly change the nature of architectural design and materialisation processes, bridging between the digital and the physical worlds. Fluid communication allows for unprecedented new levels of complexity, control and feedback between design and the built environment. Large quantities of information allow us to forecast how architectural and urban structures perform over time, against a detailed understanding of their contexts.

“PROJECTIONS” focuses on the implementation of our work, asking us to reflect upon the different ways innovation will impact the future of our industry. We will invite conversations and debate around the status of computational research and design, reflecting on recent challenges and opportunities, and how these translate into futures that are different from what was previously predicted. As we assess our projects within the context of our shared realities, we position our work as prototypes for alternative futures in our collective field.

The 2021 annual conference for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), will bring together academics, researchers and practitioners involved in innovating, disrupting or revolutionising processes for the conceptualisation, evaluation and materialisation of the built environment. By inviting participants from universities and practices throughout Asia, we aim to create a platform for shared moments of inspiration, reflection, and projection.

Paper Submissions

Paper acceptance will be subject to a two-stage reviewing process, consisting of an initial abstract review and a later double-blind peer review of full-length manuscripts. Paper publication will be subject to review acceptance, to compliance with submission deadlines and formatting guidelines, and to payment of the conference registration fee. Please kindly note that multiple submissions are subject to multiple registrations.

Abstracts: Abstracts will be subject to an initial review - length ca 500 words plus key references.

Papers: Full papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review of full-length manuscripts. Length: 10 pages fitting the CAADRIA format (ca. ~3000-4000 words).

Submission details, style and format are listed at the Submission page. Publication of the paper will be subject to review acceptance, to compliance with submission deadlines and formatting guidelines, and to the payment of the conference registration fee. The conference must be attended in person.

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 4 October 2020
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 20 October 2020
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 13 December 2020
  • Notification of Full Paper Acceptance: 20 January 2021
  • Camera-ready Full Paper Submission: 7 February 2021

  • Abstraction Submission via Submission Page

    Enquiries regarding paper submissions: psc@caadria.org

Poster Submissions

Posters offer researchers and practitioners an opportunity to present work in progress or completed projects in a visual format. Accepted posters will be exhibited during the conference via an online exhibition and as printed format at the in-person venue in Hong Kong. Projects that involve innovative use of computational processes in architecture and urban design, and innovative processes in manufacturing and construction are encouraged to be submitted. The CAADRIA 2021 conference hosts welcome in particular innovative projects that are in planning or have been recently completed in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area or South East Asia. The poster format is A1 portrait, the content should consist of maximum 10 images, a text description of 500 words, and image captions. Acceptance will be subject to a review by the conference organising committee.

  • Submission of Posters: 7 March 2021
  • Notification of Poster Acceptance: 12 March 2021
  • For submissions, visit the CAADRIA 2021 website.

Young CAADRIA Award

Young CAADRIA Awards are funded by CAADRIA, and include sponsorship of conference registration fees and a certificate presented during the conference. Applications are open to full or part-time registered students (PhD-, PG-, or UG-students), applications can be made after having received a notification of full paper acceptance. The awards allocation will be made by a committee jointly formed by CAADRIA, the Paper Selection Committee, and the Conference Host and will be based on the merit the paper, contribution and relevance to CAADRIA and demonstrated depth of research interest.

  • Young CAADRIA Award application deadline: 28 January 2021
  • Send your submission inquiries to: psc@caadria.org
  • https://www.caadria.org/awards/#young-caadria-award

Postgraduate Student Consortium

The Postgraduate Student Consortium provides a supportive setting for feedback on your current research and guidance on future research directions. It offers you comments and fresh perspectives on your work from international academics and students outside your institution. It promotes the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research. The Postgraduate Student Consortium is an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues of similar background or interests and from the international community and to explore potential external examiners. Your supervisors don’t have to attend the consortium, but they are invited to join.

The consortium is different from a paper presentation since it addresses your research process and offers you advice on your overall study and progress and explores in more detail your thesis. You present your ongoing research work and results to date. You have the chance to discuss your research in an informal session with peers and experienced academics from your field. Applications should include:

  • An extended abstract or full paper describing work in process and key questions addressed.
  • A one-page curriculum vitae (attached to the end of the paper).

  • Submission Deadline: 15 February 2021
  • All inquiries & submission via email to: caadria.pgsc@gmail.com

Pre-Conference Workshops

As part of the conference, CAADRIA will offer a series of exciting workshops around a range of cutting-edge topics and methodologies. Led by expert instructors from around the world, the workshops are aimed at students, researchers and young professionals interested in extending their knowledge and skills in the field of computational techniques in architecture and urbanism. The workshops will be taught online, or in combination with physical infrastructure and equipment located in Hong Kong where possible and relevant.

We are seeking applications from interested parties to teach a workshop. In relation to the theme of the conference, workshops should not focus exclusively on a particular software process, but speculate on the potential applications in the future built environment. There is no remuneration for workshop tutors, but the workshops and outcomes will be featured in the conference, exhibition and publications.

Proposals should consist of a 6-10-page PDF document outlining the conceptual framework, tools and objectives of the workshop, as well as instructors’ CV’s and relevant previous work examples.

  • Workshop Proposal Submission: 1 February 2021
  • Workshop Acceptance Notification: 15 February 2021
  • For submissions, visit the CAADRIA 2021 website.


Kristof Crolla (University of Hong Kong)
Adam Fingrut (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Jeroen van Ameijde (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
E: caadria2021@cuhk.edu.hk