Annual Conference Plenary Assemblies & Social Events
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Plenary Assembly & Student Award Presentations

Keynote: Rick Lowe, Project Rowe Houses
Thursday, November 3, 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Rick Lowe is an artist whose unconventional approach to community revitalization has transformed a long-neglected neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project that continues to evolve, two decades since its inception. Originally trained as a painter, Lowe shifted the focus of his artistic practice in the early 1990s in order to address more directly the pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of his community. With a group of fellow artists, he organized the purchase and restoration of a block and a half of derelict properties—twenty-two shotgun houses from the 1930s—in Houston’s predominantly African American Third Ward and turned them into Project Row Houses (PRH), an unusual amalgam of arts venue and community support center.

Since its founding in 1993, PRH has served as a vital anchor for what had been a fast-eroding neighborhood, providing arts education programs for youth, exhibition spaces and studio residencies for emerging and established artists, a residential mentorship program for young mothers, an organic gardening program, and an incubator for historically appropriate designs for low-income housing on land surrounding the original row houses. While inviting constant collaboration with local residents, artists, church groups, architects, and urban planners, Lowe continues to provide the guiding vision for PRH as he pursues his overarching goal of animating the assets of a place and the creativity of its people. He is not only bringing visibility and pride to the Third Ward by celebrating the beauty of its iconic shotgun houses; he is also changing the lives of many PRH program graduates and expanding the PRH campus to cover a six-block area in an effort to preserve the historic district’s character in the face of encroaching gentrification.

Lowe has initiated similarly arts-driven redevelopment projects in other cities, including the Watts House Project in Los Angeles, a post-Katrina rebuilding effort in New Orleans, and, most recently, a vibrant community market in a densely populated, immigrant neighborhood in North Dallas. Lowe’s pioneering “social sculptures” have inspired a generation of artists to explore more socially engaged forms of art-making in communities across the country.

Rick Lowe attended Columbus College and studied visual arts at Texas Southern University in Houston. He is currently the artist-in-residence at the Nasher Sculpture Center and a Mel King Community Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his work has been exhibited at such national and international venues as Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. His other community building projects have included the Arts Plan for the Seattle Public Library, the Borough Project for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Delray Beach Cultural Loop in Florida, among others.

Along with the keynote address, ACSP will also present the awards for the best student papers. More details coming soon.


GPEIG Business Meeting & Luncheon

Thursday, November 3, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Since 1998, the Global Planning Educators Interest Group (GPEIG) has brought together planning educators and students in North America to share, shape, and incorporate global perspectives in planning education and research. We have also worked to connect with partners in other regions. Through our members and ACSP, GPEIG advocates a comparative perspective on planning and development based on a nuanced appreciation of, and respect for, cultural, economic, and socio-political dimensions of planning practices and processes taking shape around the world and influencing our profession worldwide. We work to ensure that local and regional planning contexts and issues from around the globe enter our analytical frameworks and are treated as critical foundations for effective international planning practice and scholarship.

Please join us for our Business Meeting and Luncheon at this year’s ACSP conference on Thursday. Luncheon tickets for faculty are available via conference registration for $35 and for students at a subsidized rate of $20. We will be discussing new pathways for leveraging GPEIG resources (including you!) through interactive online activities and celebrating this year’s winners of the Gill-Chin Lim Award for the Best Dissertation in International Planning and the Gill-Chin Lim Travel Award. Buy tickets today and join us!


ACSP Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon

Thursday, November 3, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Sponsored by: Policy Map

This is a "by invitation only" luncheon for ACSP member program chairs with the ACSP year-end status report and plans for the future as the meeting agenda. One complimentary ticket is offered to each department chair or their designee. Additional attendees may attend for the cost of lunch. RSVP to Mary Beth Buchanan,


Opening Night Reception

Oregon Museum of Science
Thursday, November 3, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Join your colleagues for the Opening Night Reception at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Enjoy fine food, drinks, and fellowship with your planning colleagues in this beautiful Portland location.

About the Museum
OMSI began with the exhibition of Oregon’s rich natural resources with the opening of the City Hall Museum in 1896. But with the Great Depression and World War II, it wasn’t until the mid-forties that support for the museum really began to grow. Businessman Ralph Lloyd hosted the temporary “Oregon Museum of Science and Industry” in his house on NE Hassalo Street, boasting the Northwest's first public planetarium and its 20-minute trip to the stars.

With annual attendance swelling to over 25,000 in 1955 and the house scheduled for demolition, the City Council stepped forward to lease land in Washington Park to OMSI for the sum of one dollar per year. In the spirit of pioneer barn-raisings, over 400 volunteer union brick layers and hod carriers laid 102,000 bricks in one day, and on June 7, 1958, the dream of a dedicated, hands-on science museum became a reality.

By the mid-1980's, OMSI's popularity surpassed the size of its facility six times over and a new group of community leaders began a $32M campaign to build a state-of-the-art science center, culminating with a milestone donation from longtime supporter, Portland General Electric, of an 18.5-acre site that held a historic sawdust-fired power generation plant. On October 24, 1992, the new 219,000 square-foot facilities opened, adding the USS Blueback, the last non-nuclear powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy, just two years later.
Today, the museum serves over 1 million visitors at the museum and through off-site education programs. OMSI is ranked as one of the top science centers in the United States and has an international reputation for its innovative exhibits and educational programs.


FWIG Luncheon

Friday, November 4, 11:30am – 1:30pm

The annual Faculty Women’s Interest Group Luncheon, held on Friday, November 4, 2016, welcomes all faculty and students who are advocates for the advancement of women in the academy. This year, we will provide an update on FWIG activities and announce the recipients of the Margarita McCoy Award and the Marsha Ritzdorf Award for the Best Student Work on Diversity, Social Justice and the Role of Women in Planning.  As our usual tradition, we will also be celebrating the accomplishments of our members, so please be ready to share your achievements, both professional and personal.

Luncheon tickets are available via conference registration for $40 for faculty and a $20 subsidized rate for students.  Faculty members should encourage their students to attend the luncheon, as this is a wonderful networking opportunity for them. We are always looking for junior FWIG members, so encourage your students!

The FWIG Luncheon is a great occasion to catch up with old friends, meet new colleagues, and to learn about ways to engage with FWIG. We hope to see you this year!


Friday Night Receptions

(Host a Friday Night Reception.)
Friday, November 4, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Spend Friday evening networking and socializing with alumnae from your alma mater! Check back for a complete schedule of alumnae receptions in mid-September. 


    Plenary Assembly & Faculty Awards Ceremony

    Keynote Speaker: Wim Wiewel, Portland State University
    Saturday, November 5, 9:30am – 10:15am  

    Wim Wiewel assumed the presidency of Portland State University in August 2008. Under his leadership, the University pursues five strategic goals: Elevate student success; advance excellence in teaching and research; extend PSU’s leadership in community engagement; expand PSU’s commitment to equity; and innovate for long-term stability. The University has also focused on sustainability, and has undertaken $700 million in renovation and new construction.

    Prior to coming to PSU, Wiewel was the provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Baltimore. From 1979-2004, Wiewel was with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where served as dean of the College of Business Administration and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. He holds degrees in sociology and urban planning from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.

    Wiewel has authored or edited nine books and more than 65 articles and chapters that have appeared in publications and journals, including Economic Development Quarterly, Economic Geography and the Journal of the American Planning Association. His most recent books are Global Universities and Urban Development, The University as Urban Developer and Suburban Sprawl. He served as president of the ACSP during 2001-2003.

    Along with the keynote address, ACSP will present the 2016 Faculty Awards. More details coming soon.



    Saturday Student Reception

    Saturday, November 5, 7:00pm – 10:30pm

    Join fellow students for a lively reception at Rock Bottom Brewery. Rock Bottom Portland sits in the middle of downtown, offering a selection of clean, simple, surprising craft beer brewed in-house by Brewmaster and self-proclaimed Pale Ale devotee, Charlie Hutchins. Pair one of his signature brews with great food from the recently refreshed made-from-scratch menu for an evening of networking and fun. Rock Bottom Brewery is located at 206 SW Morrison Street.


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