This semester, Iowa State's B.Arch. and M.Arch. programs were reviewed for NAAB accreditation. For a few months, the College of Design was packed with models, drawings, and presentation boards.
Second year projects emphasized exploration through drawing.
Machines from the second years.
Publications by the faculty were on display.
A Miami Hotel option studio project.
A mapping from an independent study.
CODA projects dealt with the ISU cemetery.
A huge gathering of models in the center of the atrium.
At the end of the process, the accreditation team went over the objectives and explained where the pros and cons of what they saw. They were impressed by the work and especially by the engagement with physical models. However, we did not pass the requirements for "comprehensive design," because life safety and accessibility were not handled sufficiently. Presumably, in many of the comprehensive projects, door swings and fire stairs were not designed correctly, and ADA-compliant hand-/guardrails were often not shown. This begins to raise questions pertaining to the role of education. How important is code compliance in academic projects?