This Year’s Conference

Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada

48th Annual Conference

City Building Design Lab
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

May 31–June 3, 2023

The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada is pleased to host its 48th Annual Conference under the theme Cast in Place May 31–June 3, 2023 in Calgary, Alberta. The conference will be available in both in-person and remote formats.

We gratefully acknowledge the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples of Treaty 7 in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations). The city of Calgary is located within Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta.


Conference Schedule and Program



All conference registrants, whether in person or remote, must be current members of the SSAC at the time of the conference. Prior to registering for the conference, please ensure you become a member or renew your membership if it expires before June 4, 2023.


Conference Rates

 Early BirdAfter April 30RemoteSSAC Membership
Student / Low Income$150$175$110$40 / $45


Main Conference Venue

City Building Design Lab
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
University of Calgary
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2M2 Canada

Please note that the main conference venue is located at a downtown campus location of the University of Calgary on Macleod Trail SE, not at the main campus on University Drive NW.

Transit and parking directions:


Opening Reception Venue

Contemporary Calgary
#710 11 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2C4 Canada

The opening reception will take place 6–9 pm MDT on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. The evening will feature the Keynote Lecture and the Phyllis Lambert Prize presentation. In-person conference registrants can include up to two free opening reception tickets with their registration (one member and one guest). This event will be livestreamed for remote conference participants and recorded for later viewing. Free public tickets for this event will also soon be available through Eventbrite.

Transit and parking directions:


Other Venues

For other conference venues, please refer to the Full Conference Program (forthcoming) and our Stay22 map.



There is no official conference hotel. For lodging options near the conference venue, please see our Stay22 map.


Waitlist for Tours and Banquet

If the banquet, tours, or other additional events have reached capacity but you would like to attend, please indicate the event(s) in the appropriate field on the registration form to be placed on a waitlist. You will be notified if a space becomes available.


Student Funding

The Geoffrey and Joan Simmins Fund was developed to support students attending the Society for the Study of Architecture’s annual conference by offsetting a percentage of travel costs. If you are a full- or part-time student registered in a post-secondary program and are presenting a paper, you are eligible for a travel reimbursement through the Simmins Fund.

If you are interested in receiving funding, please complete the online form (forthcoming) by June 10, 2023. You will be notified as to whether your application was successful shortly thereafter.

The kilometric rate payable for the use of a privately owned vehicle for travel to and from the conference is 48 cents per kilometre.


Visitor Visas

If you will be traveling from a visa-requiring country, we encourage you to apply for a visitor visa as soon as possible. If you require a letter or documentation from the SSAC, please email us at . For more information, see:



The conference is available in both in-person and remote formats. Please choose only one of these options when you register.

In-person registration includes access to in-person conference sessions, options for additional paid and free in-person events, as well as online access to recordings of all in-person conference sessions for three months after the conclusion of the conference.

Remote registration includes access to online livestreams of all in-person conference sessions, as well as online access to recordings of all in-person conference sessions for three months after the conclusion of the conference. Please note that the remote conference option allows viewing of conference sessions only; remote participants will not be able to interact with session chairs and presenters. Events included in remote registration are indicated in the Overview Conference Schedule and Full Conference Program (forthcoming).

The SSAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:

Header Photo: UNESCO Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site (cliffs at right), showing the Interpretive Centre with the (cast-in place concrete) museum built into the cliff and tipis pitched on the prairie in the foreground. © Alberta Culture (2009)

Past Conferences

2022 Montreal, QC

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2019 Halifax, NS

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2018 St. John’s, NL

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2017 Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

link to the program

2016 Regina, SK

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2015 Annapolis Royal, NS

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2014 Fredericton, NB

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2013 Edmonton, AB

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2012 Ottawa, ON

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2011 Arvida, QC

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2010 Lunenburg, NS

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2009 Toronto, ON

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2008 Yellowknife, NWT

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2007 Montréal, QC

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