6th International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference

Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture

December 1-3, 2017 

Conference Theme


Over the next several decades, economic expansion and urbanization will continue along our worlds’ coasts. Coastal populations and billions of dollars of assets are at risk from intensifying and more frequent storms. Changing coastlines due to sea level rise will impact settlement patterns around the globe. The 6th iNTA2017 conference “Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture” will provide a platform for research projects pertaining to tropical and subtropical regions that address the most pressing social and environmental problems associated with an increasingly dense world facing climate variability, sea level rise and flooding risks in a moment when these issues are understood as critical in cities across the world. The conference organizers solicit participants working on these issues in the areas of architecture, construction, planning, historic preservation, land use and policy, engineering, real estate and environmental law, social and economic policy. iNTA2017 seeks participants whose research, implementation activities and proposals explore new opportunities for reinventing current economic and development paradigms in response to the extraordinary circumstance that tropical and subtropical regions worldwide are confronting due to storm hazards.

Papers are invited on the topics outlined and others falling within the scope of the conference. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted on line see link below. Delegates may also attend without submitting a paper.

Conference Topics


The conference organizers encourage submissions on the following topics pertaining to tropical and subtropical regions:


  • Impact of storm hazards and sea level rise on human settlement in major cities
  • Coastal flooding, engineering, processes, and construction
  • Urban adaptation response: design, planning, policy, governance, codes
  • Urban infrastructures at risk: water management, energy, mobility
  • History of tropical settlements and housing
  • Tropical architecture as a global movement
  • Conservation and restoration as adaptation strategies
  • Cultural assets and influences on risk and response
  • Technology and resiliency
  • Socio-economic vulnerability
  • Adaptive projects and urban paradigms

Organizing Committee


  • Nawari Nawari (co-chair), Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of Florida, USA
  • Nancy Clark (co-chair), Director CHU, Associate Professor, University of Florida, USA
  • Vandana Baweja, Ph.D., University of Florida, USA – Frank Bosworth, Ph.D., AIA, Professor, University of Florida, USA
  • Martha Kohen, Director CHU, Professor, University of Florida, USA
  • Michael Kuenstle, AIA, University of Florida, USA
  • Abel Tablada De La Torre, Ph.D., National University Singapore, Singapore.
  • Johannes Widodo, Ph.D., National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Tilson William, Professor, University of Florida, USA


iNTA Conferences

The 1st iNTA conference with the theme “Architectural and Urban Design in the Tropical Regions: Sustainability and Society” was organized on 26-28 February 2004, hosted by the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.
The 2nd iNTA conference “Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design in Tropical Regions: Harmony in Culture and Nature” was organized on 3-5 April 2006, hosted by Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta (Indonesia).
The 3rd iNTA conference “Bridging Innovation, Technology and Tradition: Holistic approaches to (rapid) sustainable architecture and environment” was organized on 2-4 December 2009, is a joint conference with SEGA (Sustainable and Green Architecture) , hosted by Division of Building Technology, the Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok (Thailand).
The 4th iNTA conference “Tropics 2050” was organized on 12-14 December 2012, hosted by Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture, Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
The 5th iNTA conference “Wisdom of the Tropics: Past, Present & Future”, was a joint conference with Senvar (Sustainable Environment and Architecture) and AVAN (Asian Vernacular Architecture Network), on 24-26 November 2015, hosted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru (Malaysia).
The 6th iNTA conference will be organized and hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida (USA) on 1-3 December 2017.

Benefits of Attending

Conference Proceedings and Journal
Delegates will receive a copy of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, authors will receive an invitation to submit an expanded version for consideration for a book publication.

Indexing and Archiving
Papers presented at iNTA2017 conferences are referenced by CrossRef and regularly appear in notable reviews, publications and databases, including referencing and abstracting services. Papers are also ranked and indexed in Google Scholar. All conference books are archived in American Library of Congress.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)
Conference attendees will earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits for attending sessions of the iNTA2017. In addition to meeting your AIA continuing education requirements, these sessions are accepted by most related licensing professional boards.

Abstracts and papers are peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts.

Reduced Fee for Students
The organizing committee of the iNTA2017 conference believes in the importance of encouraging students to present and publish innovative research at the conferences. As a result, the iNTA2017
offers students a much reduced conference fee.

The University of Florida is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) campus in Gainesville, Florida and traces its origins to 1853. The University of Florida is home to sixteen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master’s degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.

The International Network for Tropical Architecture (iNTA) is formed as a networking platform for international researchers and practitioners to collaborate and learn from each other about problems and solutions pertaining to architecture and urban design in the tropical (and sub-tropical) regions, because of the shared climatic imperatives and opportunities in like regions. Tropical Architecture refers to man-made architectural and urban environments relating to the climatic and natural conditions of the tropical (and sub-tropical) regions, and interacting with various local specifics of culture, urban fabric and technology.

The Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU) proposes new paradigms for the evolution of water-based settlements. From retrofitting the metropolis to envisioning future development on the water, CHU advocates a reconsideration of fluvial and coastal urbanism and a recalibration of our settlement patterns in the context of climate variability; sea level rise and flooding; water, waste, mobility, and energy management; global economic shifts; post-industrial legacies; urban retreat, environmental migration and population growth within a urbanizing world. The Center develops interdisciplinary research and collaborative programs, symposia, and academic courses bringing global involvement in prospective studies on adaptation, environmental justice, and asset preservation of water borne cities around the world.

Hotel Accommodations


Conference Secretariat 

Andrea Wherry, CMP | Meeting Professional

Professional Development, Executive Education, & Conferences

Main: 352.392.1701

Email: awherry@dce.ufl.edu| Web: http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/