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WORKSHOP by: EAAE Education Academy, PUBLISHED: June 25, 2017

2nd Workshop – The profession of the architect, and the role of the school in relation to this profession

The EAAE workshop at the Faculty of Architecture, of the University of Porto, addressed questions regarding the profession of the architect, and the role of the school in relation to this profession. We intended the workshop to provide shared insights in what is seen as “the profession” (for different parts of Europe, and in different contexts), as well as shared insights in how the school can relate, or is relating, to (that view of) the profession. The workshop was framed round a (small but thought-provoking) selection of triggering paper presentations in which the school takes a position or a stance.

 

Louis Kahn, Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, 1964 (photo by Arnold Newman)

The nature of the profession of the architect has undergone a number of changes over the centuries, as has the education of the architect.

In many ways, schools of architecture follow rather than initiate these developments. Subsequently they may be aligned to outdated concepts of the profession, and as a result offering an education which supports neither current nor future requirements. If reliant on the teachers’ experience and on established knowledge and methods, then inevitably Education will be “behind the curve”, reactive rather than innovative.

The question remains whether architecture schools must anticipate – even precipitate – such a development by encouraging specialization, by increasingly fragmentizing the education of the architect. Or whether schools should rather make a stand against in advocating the status quo with the architect as practitioner, as generalist – as “practitioner-generalist”. In answer to the question “What does it mean to become an architect?” Alvaro Siza states „I tell them (the universe of authorities) that an architect is a specialist in non-specialization, but they cannot take that, not even as a joke.“ [“Digo-lhes (ao conjunto dos responsáveis pelas instituições) que um arquitecto é um especialista em não especialização, não devendo considerálo uma graça.”] Alvaro Siza, Conversando con Kenneth Frampton, Expresion grafica arquitectonica, Ano, no.20, 17/2012

 

„I tell them (the universe of authorities) that an architect is a specialist in non-specialization, but they cannot take that, not even as a joke.“ Alvaro Siza

And what are the answers of the architecture schools’? Which role does an architectural school take, and which responsibilities do they have, in making of an architect – or of future architects (of which types)? Can the architecture schools foster the process of becoming an architect? How?

What does it mean to educate creative critical citizens? Who takes the lead, accreditation organisms, industry or society? Who puts the agenda? Do we teach towards pre-set outcomes or do we set the outcomes?

IMPORTANT DATES:

2016-10-03 | Call launch
2016-10-03 | Registration open
2016-10-21 | Submission deadline
2016-10-28 | Notification of selection
2016-11-15 | End of registration for participation
2016-11-25 | Workshop opening & Day 1
2016-11-26 | Workshop Day 2 & Workshop closing

Organizing Committee

Raquel Geada Paulino (FAUP, host)
Oya Atalay Franck (EAAE, Education Academy, project team)
Johan De Walsche (EAAE, Education Academy, project leader)
Sally Stewart (EAAE, Education Academy, project team)

Administrative Support

Suzana Araújo (FAUP)

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WHEN:
November 25, 2016

WHERE:

Porto, Portugal


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Education Academy