Conference Chair
M. Saleh Uddin, PhD (

Host School Organizing Committee
Ameen Farooq, PhD,
Kennesaw State University
Arash Soleimani, PhD., Kennesaw State University
Arief Setiawan, PhD., Kennesaw State University
Bronne Dytoc, Kennesaw State University
Chris Welty, AIA, Kennesaw State University
Kathryn Bedette, AIA, Kennesaw State University
Michael Carroll, Kennesaw State University
Saleh Uddin, PhD., Kennesaw State University
Zamila Karimi, Kennesaw State University
Dorianne Gutierrez, Office Support, Arch Dept

Paper Review Committee (by country)
Laurent Lescop, PhD, 
E d’Architec Nantes, France
Barbara E A Piga, PhD, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Daniele Villa, PhD, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Eugenio Morello, PhD, Politecnico di Milano,Italy
JiYoung Cho, PhD, Kyunghee University, Korea
Jack Breen , PhD, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Anetta Kep-Walczak, PhD, Lodz U of Tech, Poland
Gökçen F. Yücel, PhD, Istanbul Aydin U, Turkey
Murat Şahin, PhD, Özyeğin Univ, İstanbul,Turkey
Brian Dougan, American Univ of Sharzah, UAE
Danilo Di Mascio, PhD, Uni of Huddersfield, UK
Ameen Farooq, PhD, Kennesaw State Univ, USA
Arash Soleimani, PhD, Kennesaw State Univ, USA
Arief Setiawan, PhD, Kennesaw State Univ, USA
Bronne Dytoc, Kennesaw State University, USA
Chris Welty, AIA, Kennesaw State University, USA
Eric Todd Inglert, AIA, University of Cincinnati, USA
Henry Sorenson, Montana State University, USA
Joern Langhorst, Univ of Colorado Denver, USA
Kathryn Bedette, AIA, Kennesaw State Univ, USA
Lora Kim, RA, Wentworth Institute of Tech, USA
Michael Carroll, Kennesaw State University, USA
Michael K Chisamore, The Univ of Memphis, USA
Michel Mounayar, Ball State University, USA
Moh’d Bilbeisi, Oklahoma State University, USA
Pegah Zamani, PhD, Kennesaw State Univ, USA
Rebecca O'Neal Daag, Auburn University, USA
Saleh Uddin, PhD, Kennesaw State Univ, USA
Salim Elwazani, PhD, AIA, Bowling Green S U, USA So-Yeon Yoon, PhD, Cornell University, USA
Simon Bussiere, University of Hawaii, USA
Steven Juroszek, Montana State University, USA
Tom Lesko, Wentworth University, USA
Zamila Karimi, Kennesaw State Univ, USA
Zuzanna Karczewska, Montana State Univ, USA

Workshop Presenters
01. Francis DK Ching: Freehand Drwing with Ching
02. Mark O'Bryan: iPad Sketching
03. Lynn Craig: Urban Sketching with Craig
04. Peili Wang: Rapid Watercolor with Wang
05. Architectural Photography: The Pixel is the New Brick with Haffner and Martin-Malikian
06. Henry Sorenson: Digital Sketching

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DCA (Design Communication Association) CONFERENCE 2021. Atlanta, Georgia. October 20-23, 2021
Host School: Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Metro Atlanta, Georgia

The Design Communication Association (DCA) along with the Department of Architecture at Kennesaw State University will host the 2021 International Design Communication Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in Fall 2021 (Wed Oct 20 - Sat Oct 23, 2021)

The Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State University (Marietta campus) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA is the host of 2021 DCA Conference. The location is about 27 miles north of Atlanta International Airport. Please visit "Venue, Hotel, Travel" page for further details.


Keynotes for the conference include internationally acclaimed individuals who had contributed to current trends of design thinking and its representation. Our three keynote speakers include one Atlanta architect and two internationally renown designers.

Keynote: BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group – Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA is a Partner at BIG who brings his architectural expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. BIG is a Copenhagen, New York, London, Barcelona and Shenzen based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. ”We believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism.” BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development--which currently has the office working in over 40 different countries. He also oversees BIG’s Urban scales projects and supports BIG’s Landscape projects. Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the resiliency plan BIG U to protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. Further projects include Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Queens Park, Smithsonian Master Plan, Pittsburgh Master Plan and Miami Beach Square. He complements his professional work through previous teaching assignments at the University of Pennsylvania, IE University in Madrid, and his alma mater the University of Virginia.

Keynote: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design - Mehrdad Yazdani

The Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign is a laboratory for exploration and experimentation in architecture. Established upon the reputation and leadership of award-winning designer Mehrdad Yazdani, the studio leverages the best attributes of a small design studio with the resources and reach of our global practice. The studio includes a diverse team of architects, designers, 3-D artists, technical specialists, and creative thinkers entirely committed to pushing the boundaries of design—from refining concepts of sustainability to the application of radically new technologies and urban initiatives.

Keynote: Dencity - Bryan Russell

Bryan Russell founded Dencity in 2000 in Atlanta to fulfill his desire to design modern residential architecture. Bryan Russell believes that design, no matter the scale, is inherently equal, and of the pure beauty in how the details come together to create the whole. The design team at Dencity are invested through the life of their projects from early design through construction to ensure that the finished project is everything they dreamed it to be. This involves exploration and critical thinking, material research, contextual analysis, strong drawings, continuous pricing and construction schedule reviews from design until client move in, and exhaustive construction quality control.

Francis D. K. Ching
In addition, distinguished educator and prolific author of architecture books Professor Francis D. K. Ching will be participating in the conference and offering a workshop on drawing.

The theme
 of the 2021 conference isDCA 20/20: Perception to Execution”. This theme reflects our vision to design and its interpretation as we move forward with extended options of tools and techniques from perception to execution. In general 20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity measured at a distance of 20 feet. It is a measure of the spatial resolution of the visual processing system. 20/20 vision represents the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance. Our overall visual ability is dependent on peripheral awareness or side vision, eye coordination, depth perception, focusing ability and color vision. The notion of envisioning the act of design and its process can be conceptually parallel to this phenomenon of 20/20 vision.

The DCA 2021 conference theme looks at how we envision various phases of design from perception to execution. Along this line of thought the conference promotes papers and presentations that demonstrate current trends and future directions both in education and professional fields of design and allied disciplines. The theme reflects the recent emergence and inclusion of various digital, virtual, and manual tangents that influence the way we envision design as well as conceptual shifts focus affecting perception and execution.

Papers and presentations that include but are not limited to approaches and applications of current trends of design and its interrelationships with allied disciplines are invited to foster and contribute to the discussion of the conference theme. These allied disciplines include architecture, digital media, environment, interior, landscape, media arts, urbanism, housing, etc. All submissions are expected to be original and have not been published previously at other scholarly venues.

For further information please visit the conference web site at or, email 2021 conference chair at

DCA 2021 Conference Events & Activities

Paper Sessions
Paper sessions will be scheduled in parallel sessions based on number of accepted papers and their subject area. A printed proceedings along with a digital pdf file will be available for all registered participants. From the published proceedings of the conference a board of editorial reviewers will select top 10 to 12 papers for inclusion in the journal of design communication “Representation’. The acceptance rate for this journal article is between 9% to 12%.

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Leading authors and educators like Frank Ching, Tim White and others have agreed to offer hands-on  workshops that promise stimulating learning experiences for both students and professionals. They are open and free to conference participants with full registration. Students and practitioners can also participate for a nominal fee of $ 25 per workshop. All workshops will be running concurrently on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 1:30 to 4:30. Downloadable links will be provided in the web site at a later date. At this early stage of conference planning we are announcing these four workshops. Two more workshops may be added soon.

01. Freehand Drawing with Francis DK Ching (Author of various books including Architecture: Form-Space-Order)
02. iPad Sketching with Mark O'Bryan, University of Kentucky
03. Urban Sketching with Lynn Craig, FAIA, RIBA (Author of Draw It)
04. Water Color with Peili Wang, Professor, Savannah College of Art & Design
05. Architectural Photography: The Pixel is the New Brick with Professors Matt Haffner and Liz Martin-Malikian, Kebnnesaw State University
06. Digital Sketching by Henry Sorenson, Professor, Montana State University

Design Drawing Competition, Exhibition, and Award (Virtual Exhibit)
The Design Communication Association will be holding a Juried Design Communication Exhibition in conjunction with the 2021 DCA biennial conference. Practitioners and educators involved with design visualization and graphics using a variety of media, from quick sketches to elaborate presentations, are encouraged to submit visual work to celebrate design communication and its relationship with design. For further details please contact Professor Chris Welty at

Book Exhibition
The DCA 2021 book exhibition is scheduled to display books by DCA participants and acclaimed authors such as Francis DK Ching, Paul Laseau, William Kirby Lockard, Edward T White and many others. To include your published book/s to be displayed during the conference please contact the conference chair at

Banquet Dinner

Hosted by the Department of Architecture, Kennesaw State University the banquet dinner on the last evening (the third day of the conference) will close the conference with various awards, announcements and acknowledgements.

Atlanta Architecture Tour / Conference Arranged Tours
Conference Half-Day Tour (included in Registration)
Tours will be available to highlights of the Atlanta area, some are included in the conference registration, and others will be available for an additional fee. The included tour with registration is scheduled on the second day after lunch to drive through various important work of architecture and conclude with a reception hosted by a leading architecture office in downtown or mid-town Atlanta.