EVENT. Published: April 25, 2017.

Architectural and Urban Research Education in the Era of "Post-Professionalism"

‘Post-professional’ architecture and urbanity have emerged in recent decades as a by-product of the globalized world with neo-liberal states, multi-national corporations, and worldwide social and environmental predicaments. The structure of the state is being transformed and consequently the associated paradigm of ‘professionalism’ that prevailed throughout the period of the modern (nation) state, much of the twentieth century, is no longer persuasive.

A significant feature of these changes in relation to contemporary architectural and urban research, education and practice is that as they are transitioning into the ‘post-professional’ era they are losing their public/ national/ social roles. As public-oriented correlations between education, research and practice have subsided, so the education, research and practice of architecture and urbanity have been restructured via business-led / market-led motivations.

Architectural and urban research discourse has progressed from the exclusivist vision of the physical / built environment where discrete objects were produced within the ordained limits of delineated professional fields, towards more inclusive inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches with both international and local visions. The professional intention, technical base, and mostly mono-type educational programmes in architecture and urbanity have evolved towards experimental, critical and diverse educational curricula. At the same time, architectural and urban practices have changed from individual engagement in designing spaces with high use value for public benefit to specialists’ collective production of images with high exchange value for the benefits of private / limited stakeholders. That is to say, parallel to these developments in the practice, ‘post-professional’ architecture and urban research and education established the ground for diverse critical movements.

This symposium aims to discuss these critical attitudes which can reshape architectural and urban practices and re-establish their relations with research and education, to foster understanding and appreciation of different manifestations in contemporary architectural and urban education, research and practice.

The CAUMME II symposium addresses a number of sub-themes identified as major issues challenging contemporary architecture and urbanism. It is open to any panel proposals on the related themes. The list of the panels will be updated on the CAUMME II website. Applicants can either submit their abstracts on the main themes of CAUMME II, as below, or for the approved panels to be advised.

The three main sub-themes of CAUMME II are:

1.      Architectural and Urban Practices in the ‘post-Professional’ era

2.      ‘Post-Professional’ Education in Architecture and Urban Studies

3.      Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Research in Architecture and Urban Studies


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2013-09-01  |  Announcement
2014-06-30  |  Early Registration Deadline
2014-11-01  |  Late Registration Deadline
2014-10-23  |  Opening
2014-10-25  |  Closing
2013-09-01  |  Call for Papers and Panel Proposals
2013-11-01  |  Deadline for Panel Proposals
2013-11-15  |  Notification of Panel Acceptance
2014-02-16  |  Abstract Submission Deadline
2014-02-28  |  Notification of Abstracts Acceptance
2018-11-21  |  
2014-04-15  |  Notification of Poster Acceptance
2014-05-01  |  Full Paper Submission Deadline
2014-06-10  |  Reviews and Notifications
2014-07-30  |  Revised Version Submission Deadline



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