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National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 2023

NCBDS 38 | North Dakota State University

May 18-20, 2023

Welcome to the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student 38 (NCBDS 38) hosted by the School of Design, Architecture and Art at North Dakota State University in Fargo. This site will provide you with much-needed information about the upcoming conference. The website will be updated as the academic year progresses and as the conference draws near. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Fargo, North Dakota! 

Your NCBDS 38 co-chairs, 

Charlott Greub, Jennifer Brandel, Regin Schwaen & Susan Schaefer Kliman 

Registration now open!

Registration - student fee, $50

* For student fee: contact for discount code. Please send an image of your student ID.

Registration covers all sessions, a printed copy of the paper proceedings, and scheduled meals and receptions. 

The conference may be cancelled, postponed, or changed formats due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NCBDS will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. 

Registration is processed through Storefront’s eCommerce website. 

Keynote Speakers

Michelle Mongeon Allen


CEO, JLG Architects

Pioneering Practice: Cultivating Professional Opportunity for Current, Emerging, and Future Architects

Dan Green


Principal, Architect, Miller Dunwiddie

Co-lead Ink on the Run Sketch Workshop

Amber Sausen


Principal, Alliance

Co-lead Ink on the Run Sketch Workshop

Craig Dykers


Founding Partner Architect, Snøhetta

Beyond Boundaries

Kendall A. Nicholson

Ed.D., Assoc. AIA, NOMA, LEED AP

Critical Architectural Practice: Curating Revealing and Healing from the Start

Call For Papers

Important Dates

September 15, 2022

Call for Papers & Workshops announced

October 31, 2022

Abstract Submission Deadline

December 15, 2022

Notification of Acceptance

February 28, 2023

Full Paper Submission Deadline

May 18-20, 2023

NCBDS 38 Conference

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Conference Theme

Known and Unknown Territories

The theme of the NCBDS38 conference is Known and Unknown Territories. The conference focuses on ways in which known territories and unknown territories are contemplated, explored, and defined in the beginning design education and spatial thinking.

Stay in Fargo

The Fargo airport (Hector International Airport) serves the following airlines: Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier and United. These airlines provide non-stop flights to the following major cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando and Phoenix-Mesa. The location of Hector International Airport is approximately 8-minute drive by car to/from the downtown Fargo conference venue. Upon request a driver from Radisson Blu Fargo will pick you up from the airport. 

Fargo Downtown