Co-Moderators: Jeff Alger and Diane Dias de Fazio 

The Architecture and Planning Section is composed of those ARLIS/NA members who are interested in the documentation and multi-disciplinary facets studies and theory in architecture, its allied arts, and urban, community, and regional planning. This includes the acquisition, organization, retrieval, and circulation of materials and collections pertaining to both in print and non-print formats, including but not limited to 2D-4D models and materials, collections, resources, and data. The primary purpose of the Architecture and Planning Section is professional development and communication. HISTORY: Architecture Special Interest Group was established in 1975; the Urban and Regional Planning Issues SIG was established in 2008 and dissolved in June 2020 and subsumed under the new Architecture & Planning Section.

Our Mission

The main activities of the group are focused on the presentation of sessions on these topics at the annual ARLIS/NA conference and the compilation of information on these subjects via Art Documentation. The primary purpose of the Architecture and Planning Section is to support professional development and communication for those interested in the documentation of architecture and planning and the allied arts.


Architecture-Related Sessions at Past Conferences

For a complete list of conferences, sessions, and proceedings, please visit the ARLIS/NA Conferences page

2021: TBD

2020: Virtual

2019: Salt Lake City, UT

2018: New York City

  • Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines: Revisions & Critical Updates
  • Design Thinking for Libraries: Strategies, Tools, and a Case Study

2017: New Orleans, Louisiana

2016: Seattle, Washington 

2015: Fort Worth, Texas

2014: Washington, District of Columbia

2013: Pasadena, California

2012: Toronto, Ontario

2011: Minneapolis, Minnesota

2010: Boston, Massachusetts

Other Societies & Associations

  • AASL - Association of Architecture School Librarians advocates for architectural librarianship, builds community for members, and fosters professional growth through mentoring, partnership, and collaboration. 
  • ACSA - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
  • CSP - Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • ADPSR - Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility
  • AIA - American Institute of Architects
  • APA - American Planning Association
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) - multi-disciplinary professional organization for interior designers, interior design students and the manufacturers and suppliers who support the profession.
  • ASLA - American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Black Space - is an interdisciplinary collective seeking to bridge policy, people, and place, with a mission of equity and justice.
  • Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) - has served as the voice of Canada‚Äôs planning community since 1919. Planners safeguard the health and well-being of urban and rural communities by addressing the use of land, resources, facilities, and services with consideration to physical, economic, and social efficiency.
  • Community Development Society - professional association for community development practitioners and citizen leaders around the world.
  • Congress for the New Urbanism - advocates for the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions.
  • International Economic Development Council - the largest membership organization serving economic developers around the world. 
  • International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) - a global association of experienced professional planners founded in 1965.
  • National Association of Development Organizations - provides training, information, and representation for regional development organizations in small metropolitan and rural America.
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials - the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans-particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes.
  • National League of Cities - the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.
  • Planners Network - progressive planning, publishing a newsletter, holding annual conferences, and organizing local activities in cities throughout North America.
  • Project for Public Spaces - a nonprofit corporation specializing in the planning, design, and management of public spaces.
  • RUDI (Resource for Urban Design Information) - a not-for-profit membership organization that aims to facilitate the sharing of information and active dialogue among professionals and activists involved in making environments for better living. Includes links to case studies, bibliographies, urban design journals, and other resources.
  • SAH - Society of Architectural Historians
  • Smart Growth America - a nationwide coalition promoting a better way to grow: one that protects farmland and open space, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and provides more transportation choices.
  • Smart Growth Network - an organization that encourages development that is environmentally, fiscally, and economically smart and helps create national, regional, and local coalitions to support smart growth.
  • Urban Land Institute - a community of practice for those engaged in the entrepreneurial and collaborative process of real estate development and land use policy-making.
  • Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) - advances landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship,

Accreditation Organizations

  • CIDA - Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • NAAB - National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • LAAB - Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board
  • PAB - Planning Accreditation Board
  • PSB - Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada
  • NCPE - National Council for Preservation Education (historic preservation)



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Architecture and Planning Section

  • 2020-2021 Co-Moderators:
    • Kai Alexis Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Stephanie Beene, The University of New Mexico

Architecture Section Past Moderators:

  • 2019-2020: Rachel Castro, University of Arizona
  • 2018-2019: Aimee Lind, Getty Research Institute
  • 2017-2018: Nilda Sanchez-Rodriguez, City College of New York Libraries
  • 2016-2017: Karen DeWitt, North Carolina State University Library
  • 2015-2016: Lauren McDonald, California College of the Arts
  • 2014-2015: Cathryn Cooper, Woodbury University, School of Architecture
  • 2013-2014: Jesse Vestermark, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • 2012-2013: Amy Trendler, Ball State University

Urban and Regional Planning Issues Special Interest Group Past Coordinators:

  • 2018-2019: Stephanie Beene, The University of New Mexico
  • 2013-2018: Marsha Taichman, Cornell University
  • 2008-2013: Rebecca Price, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


  • Two co-moderators-elect are elected by the membership of the division, section or round table. Moderators may appoint a conference planner, subcommittee, or task force as needed.
  • Column editor: Appointed by a moderator.
  • Co-moderators and the section website editor take office at the conclusion of the business meeting at the annual conference. 
  • Term of office is one year; midyear elections are held at the discretion of the co-moderators. Co-moderators serve two-year terms with one year overlap.
  • Resignation procedure: A co-moderator choosing to resignmust send a letter of resignation to ARLIS/NA Vice-President.
  • New co-moderators receive a background packet which includes:
    • Files of the previous moderator or coordinator;
    • ARLIS/NA annual calendar;
    • A copy of these guidelines;
    • Minutes of the most recent meeting;
    • Information about current projects.
  • Planning of conference sessions;
  • Communicate needs of section members to the executive board liaison and communicate executive board decisions and activities to section members;
  • Communicate with other groups (committees, sections, divisions, round tables, etc.) as necessary.

The co-moderators submit annual and midyear reports to the executive board according to the ARLIS/NA calendar. These reports should include separate written reports by the chairs of any constituent task forces.

Annual Conference:

One business meeting is planned and scheduled by the co-moderators at the annual conference. The group may sponsor and plan one or more sessions for the annual conference subject to the approval of the conference planners.


The co-moderators may submit budget requests to the ARLIS/NA Treasurer, aligned with the ARLIS/NA strategic directions for operational budget needs. Special funding  requests may be submitted at any time and will be considered by the executive board on a month to month basis, and funds will be available upon approval. The funding request guidelines are available on the ARLIS/NA website. The co-moderators submit budget requests for conference sessions to the conference chair according to established conference guidelines.

Files & Record Keeping:

The moderator or coordinator maintains files and records and passes non-archival records on to the succeeding moderator. Copies of all official business are sent to Vice President and the Executive Director. Recorders are appointed by the moderator or coordinator to take minutes of conference sessions.

Records and Archives:

The co-moderators maintain files and records and pass non-archival records to the succeeding co-moderators. The co-moderators are responsible for preserving all materials of possible archival value. All such materials, including official correspondence and reports, will be deposited in the Society's archives as determined by ARLIS/NA policy.


Jeff Alger