Archinect - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 2014-07-25T09:54:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/104707315/explore-data-on-over-1-800-u-s-programs-in-architecture-and-related-fields Explore Data on Over 1,800 U.S. Programs in Architecture and Related Fields Lian Chikako Chang 2014-07-21T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:46:06-04:00 <p>At the ACSA, we are most familiar with&nbsp;the 127 U.S. and 11 Canadian schools with accredited architecture programs, but prospective students and the public are seeing a much broader context.&nbsp;We wanted to learn more about all the institutions that offer programs in architecture and related fields, so we put together an interactive based on data from the <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Center for Education Statistics (NCES</a>). This includes a map and charts offering key statistics on over&nbsp;800 U.S. institutions offering over 1,800 programs in architecture, architectural sciences and technology, architectural drafting, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, art and architectural history, and more.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd03capiheswizc7.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Here's a screenshot of the interactive which you explore at the&nbsp;<a href="http://acsa-arch.org/resources/data-resources/all-u-s-programs-in-architecture-and-related-fields" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA website</a>.</p><p>Here are two more snapshots, covering topics which you can also explore in more depth in the interactive: Graduation Rate by Net Price, for public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit schools as well as for schools wi...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/103241625/images-from-acsa-s-open-cities-conference-in-seoul Images from ACSA's Open Cities conference in Seoul Lian Chikako Chang 2014-07-02T12:10:20-04:00 >2014-07-07T22:03:45-04:00 <p>ACSA recently held our biennial international conference in Seoul, South Korea, and we wanted to share some pictures from around the city, and of the event itself.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dh/dhs5f8f6n2fep1zh.jpg">The exquisite <a href="http://www.kofum.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Korea Furniture Museum</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w986k66aiboyzfq6.jpg">Foundation detail at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kofum.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Korea Furniture Museum</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vq/vq2ull7r7s5xepca.jpg">Lower plaza level at the&nbsp;Dongdaemun Design Plaza by Zaha Hadid.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kg9qy0t8w89c9ath.jpg">Framed view of the city at the&nbsp;Dongdaemun Design Plaza by Zaha Hadid.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cxzm45507qanunlz.jpg">Steeply slanted doors at the&nbsp;Dongdaemun Design Plaza by Zaha Hadid.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lf/lfqesna3y9jrn3zf.jpg">Traditional rooftops at the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7j/7juwogesrfudz2jf.jpg">Cheonggyecheon creek traditionally divided northern and southern Seoul, and while it was covered over in favor of an elevated freeway for years, it has recently been rehabilitated as a waterway flanked by long walking paths.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9r/9rvc8nnjrfgmhf8c.jpg">"Learning through Architecture" exhibit, Junglim Foundation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqp7kqd77raavlw5.jpg">Fresh buns in&nbsp;Namdaemun&nbsp;Market.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s47gvnduuzdu3qu9.jpg">Street food in Gwangjang covered market.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sbas8khclizdp3c.jpg">Schoolchildren in line to visit the N Seoul Tower.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bk5u23mmhdf1n3tn.jpg">Cutest stampede ever!</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7azo87de9bao3rqw.jpg">Public space: men playing Go in a park outside the Jongmyo shri...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/103104226/toyo-ito-s-keynote-at-the-acsa-international-conference-in-seoul Toyo Ito's Keynote at the ACSA International Conference in Seoul Lian Chikako Chang 2014-06-30T17:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T22:06:21-04:00 <p>We are in Seoul, South Korea at the esteemed Ewha Womens University, the world&rsquo;s largest female educational institute, for the <a href="http://acsa-arch.org/programs-events/conferences/international-conference/2014-international-conference" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA&rsquo;s International Conference, Open Cities</a>, and it&rsquo;s time for our closing keynote, delivered by none other than Toyo Ito. Ito-san&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.toyo-ito.co.jp/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> includes the following short biography that, I think, captures both his frankness and his humility:</p><p><strong>Biography</strong></p><p><strong>1941 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Born in Seoul Metropolitan City</strong></p><p><strong>1965-69 &nbsp; &nbsp; Graduated from The University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture</strong></p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Worked at Kiyonori Kikutake Architects and Associates</strong></p><p><strong>1971 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Started his own studio, Urban Robot (URBOT) in Tokyo</strong></p><p><strong>1979 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Changed its name to Toyo Ito &amp; Associates, Architects</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0jzhpcn77zr5uh1f.jpg"></p><p>TI: Thank you very much, for coming in spite of the heavy rain. I apologize that my English is slow, so I translate through Yasu-san. I present several new projects. [TI then switches to Japanese].</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qe/qefm56al7m7zie4v.jpg"></p><p>A person, surrounded by their&hellip;modern things, looks happy, but are they really happy? Though my l...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/101185141/your-jurisdiction-and-you Your Jurisdiction and You Michael Monti 2014-06-05T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-11T20:17:01-04:00 <p><em>If you&rsquo;re lucky, you could live in a state that wants your school to be responsible for both the education and the training of architects!</em></p><p>Expect cautious optimism over the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) endorsement of a path for students to earn an architectural license and a professional degree together. The decision last week sets in motion a process to get the first students underway. The idea is easy to get behind, but for these plans to succeed, state licensing boards and participating schools will need to collaborate. A change to a licensing regulation may be necessary, but alone it is not sufficient. Licensure upon graduation is not a reduction in requirements. In fact it will require substantial commitments from schools and the profession.</p><p>From interested schools it starts with a commitment to design a curriculum that adds professional competency&mdash;attested to by the license&mdash;as one of its stated outcomes. This drastic expansion in scope should not...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/100943624/licensed-at-graduation-ncarb-endorses-plan-for-architecture-students-to-complete-idp-examination-while-in-school Licensed at Graduation: NCARB Endorses Plan for Architecture Students to Complete IDP, Examination While in School Pascale Vonier 2014-06-02T15:29:44-04:00 >2014-06-02T19:35:45-04:00 <p>On Friday, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced their endorsement of a new path for architecture students &mdash;licensure upon graduation from an accredited program. Developed by the Licensure Task Force, a group comprised of leaders from NCARB, AIA, AIAS, NAAB and ACSA, this new track would integrate internship and examination requirements into the years spent completing a professional degree in architecture.</p><p>This proposal would offer certain benefits, among them, shortening the timeline to licensure for students who know their career path in advance and adding more opportunities to bring people into the profession early in their educational careers. &ldquo;While licensure upon graduation may not work for all schools or all jurisdictions,&rdquo; said ACSA president Norman Millar, &ldquo;we laud NCARB's collaborative process with schools, students, and the profession to facilitate licensure.&rdquo;</p><p>Millar, who represents ACSA on the Licensure Task Force, anticipates that thi...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/97943786/acsa-atlas-examines-economic-outlook-demographic-representation-among-students-and-faculty-and-salaries ACSA Atlas examines economic outlook, demographic representation among students and faculty, and salaries Lian Chikako Chang 2014-04-13T11:20:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T23:56:00-04:00 <p>The&nbsp;ACSA&nbsp;Atlas is an ongoing project examining architectural education in relationship to demographics, higher education, the profession, and the economy. We've just released a new set of graphics!&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h2/h2p8onjn867xdiqd.jpg">This is a simple count of architects per state compared with population per state. (<a href="http://acsa-arch.org/images/default-source/data/acsa_atlas_1.jpg?sfvrsn=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See in full size</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/eb9fixniowuya1nm.jpg">Numbers of architecture students by region, in comparison with architects per capita (darker teal is more architects per capita). (<a href="http://acsa-arch.org/images/default-source/data/acsa_atlas_2.jpg?sfvrsn=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See in full size</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1el9mlccs0jkpn0l.jpg">Simple roundup of student ethnicity by region--we'll also be doing more detailed work in this area in the next couple of months. (<a href="http://acsa-arch.org/images/default-source/data/acsa_atlas_5.jpg?sfvrsn=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See in full size</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0e9a14hqedi9z7u.jpg">&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>In relation to other disciplines in the built environment, architecture is big, but we're not alone! Here's a snapshot of the numbers of 2012 graduates by discipline. (<a href="http://acsa-arch.org/images/default-source/data/acsa_atlas_3.jpg?sfvrsn=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See in full size</a>)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7cd72ml4u3v4n71.jpg">The solid parts of this stacked chart show architecture-related degrees earned, from 1970 to 2012, and the lines show all fields, on a differently scaled axis. We've called out the 10 year span from 1992 to 2012--du...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/95632344/the-journal-of-architectural-education-gets-a-new-look-from-design-studio-project-projects The Journal of Architectural Education Gets a New Look from Design Studio Project Projects Pascale Vonier 2014-03-14T12:18:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T22:14:46-04:00 <p><img alt="" src="http://www.acsa-arch.org/images/default-source/jae-news/jae-68-1-400px.jpg?sfvrsn=2"></p><p>Since 1947, the&nbsp;<em>Journal of Architectural Education</em>&nbsp;(<em>JAE</em>) has been the primary venue for research and commentary on architectural education. The flagship publication of&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.acsa-arch.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate School of Architecture</a>&nbsp;(ACSA), published through&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rjae20#.UyMQ_1FdWNg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taylor and Francis</a>,&nbsp;has been through many shapes and sizes over its 60 plus years.&nbsp;The last major overhaul was over ten years ago when the&nbsp;<em>JAE</em>&nbsp;adopted its current 9 &nbsp;x 10 high format, launched in September 2002 (Volume 56:1).&nbsp;</p><p>In Fall of 2013, the ACSA enlisted the graphic design studio&nbsp;<a href="https://www.acsa-arch.org/acsa-news/read/read-more/acsa-news/2014/03/14/Project%20Projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Projects</a>&nbsp;to work with members of the&nbsp;<em>JAE</em>&nbsp;editorial board and the ACSA staff to develop a new look for the journal. The re-design allows for flexibility in future issues while maintaining a clear graphic identity and, perhaps as important, the new design also signals that the&nbsp;<em>JAE</em>&nbsp;will be a material object for the foreseeable future. Issue 68:1 entitled&nbsp;<strong>design+</strong>&nbsp;and edited by Sheila Crane and Amy Kulper, to be shipped in the next few weeks, will be the f...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/93446344/architecture-school-survey-shows-trends-in-budgets-applications-enrollment-and-faculty-hiring Architecture school survey shows trends in budgets, applications, enrollment, and faculty hiring. Lian Chikako Chang 2014-02-13T11:43:08-05:00 >2014-02-14T09:54:42-05:00 <p>ACSA conducted its fourth annual budget and enrollment survey of member schools this fall, asking programs about changes to their budgets, enrollment and applications, and hiring patterns. The results from 60 schools in the United States and Canada showed architecture programs facing slight reductions in enrollment, while budgets are holding steady or showing slight increases.&nbsp;</p><p>Among the results found in this year&rsquo;s report, presented in two dozen graphics, are drops in applications at about half of undergraduate programs, but more increases in applications at the graduate level. Additionally, many schools seeing drops in enrollment have the decreases tempered by growing numbers of international students. More schools reported increases in total budgets than decreases, and funding for faculty travel and discretionary stayed the same or increased.&nbsp;</p><p>The Architecture School Budget and Enrollment Survey 2013-14 report also includes new analyses of trends based on Carnegie Foundation classi...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/89767784/what-fast-co-design-gets-wrong-and-other-manufactured-outrages What Fast Co. Design Gets Wrong, and Other Manufactured Outrages Michael Monti 2013-12-27T13:15:00-05:00 >2014-01-05T08:21:12-05:00 <p> Architecture school design/build programs, in which students both design and construct a project at full scale, can provide a tremendous learning experience. This is why over 70% of accredited architecture programs in North America have them (<a href="http://www.acsa-arch.org/acsa-news/read/read-more/acsa-news/2012/02/10/a-house-divided-challenges-for-design-build-programs-in-architecture-schools" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">data here</a>). Fast Company Design recently highlighted a documentary film, Reality Check, about one such program by interviewing professors Marie and Keith Zawistowski from Virginia Tech&rsquo;s design/buildLAB.</p> <p> The <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3024115/what-architecture-schools-get-wrong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article&rsquo;s</a> content could hardly be more straightforward. But a simple feel-good story promoting a worthy film and educational program probably doesn&rsquo;t attract as many readers (and as much advertising revenue) as one led by the headline that Fast Company Design chose: &ldquo;What Architecture Schools Get Wrong.&rdquo;</p> <p> What the article proposes is &ldquo;wrong&rdquo; about this entire educational sector isn&rsquo;t made apparent until the final lines of the piece, where Marie Zawistowski is quoted as saying&mdash;incorrectly&mdash;that only a &ldquo;minority&rdquo; of architecture schools h...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/85527547/gender-in-architecture-school-leadership Gender in Architecture School Leadership Lian Chikako Chang 2013-11-01T17:14:00-04:00 >2013-11-05T09:08:44-05:00 <p> Hello Archinect,</p> <p> I've been organizing spreadsheets, crunching numbers, and attending meetings, but this is the first graphic I've produced at the ACSA, so I wanted to share it here.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> This one counts deans, directors, heads, and chairs in candidate and accredited architecture schools in the USA and Canada by gender and region. Many universities are working hard to bring more diversity to their ranks of faculty and administration--but we're not there yet. Canada's on its way, though!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pr/prpzf0vttat2wiz0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> More data is visualized at the <a href="http://acsa-arch.org/resources/data-resources/data-visualization/atlas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA Atlas Project</a>&nbsp;and we'll be adding to this regularly, so check back!</p> <p> Also, let me know below what data you'd like to see in the next rounds!</p> <p> Lian</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/85210358/images-from-boston-society-of-architects-college-fair-at-wentworth-institute-of-technology Images from Boston Society of Architects' College Fair at Wentworth Institute of Technology Lian Chikako Chang 2013-10-28T11:48:16-04:00 >2013-11-04T19:30:26-05:00 <p> Hello!</p> <p> Just wanted to share a few pictures from the BSA's Architecture/Design College Fair, held at Wentworth Institute of Technology. There was a good turnout of prospective graduate and (mostly) undergraduate students to talk with representatives from fifty schools from around the USA. University College Dublin School of Architecture even had a table!&nbsp;</p> <p> --Lian</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kw/kwa2591vzmusdpwk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/ao8yq42h3hg3o061.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bmjtx0mj18pa087o.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/83772368/journal-of-architectural-education-reviews-over-40-proposals-for-future-issues Journal of Architectural Education Reviews Over 40 Proposals for Future Issues Pascale Vonier 2013-10-09T21:03:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T16:59:05-04:00 <p> The University of Pennsylvania School of Design hosted the editorial board of the <a href="http://www.acsa-arch.org/jae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Architectural Education</em></a> this weekend. New executive editor <a href="http://goo.gl/arJxm8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Neveu</a> and the editorial board reviewed more than 40 proposals for themes of future issues. Writers from around the world <a href="http://acsa-arch.org/acsa-press/JAE/submit-to-jae/current-calls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">responded to the call</a> to shape the scholarly future of the discipline. The results will be forthcoming this fall.</p> <p> <em>JAE</em>'s new issue (Volume 67, issue 2) is also <a href="http://acsa-arch.org/acsa-press/JAE/read-jae/current-issue/67-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">now online</a>, fully loaded with scholarly articles that cross the discipline as well as major new design initiatives.</p> <p> Check out the new <a href="http://acsa-arch.org/acsa-press/JAE/read-jae/current-issue/67-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Frameworks</a>, intended to help designers working in all forms of disciplinary creative practice frame their work for publication. Also debuting in the issue is a column called <a href="http://acsa-arch.org/acsa-press/JAE/read-jae/current-issue/67-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pre-fabrications</a>, which is intended to catalyze new forms of critical discussion about the material culture of architecture.</p> <p> The University of Calgary's Graham Livesey served as interim executive editor for the issue and worked with Desi...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/83590426/architectural-research-european-network-association-arena-launches Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA) Launches ACSA National 2013-10-07T12:02:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T12:02:32-04:00 <p> Hello Archinect,</p> <p> Just sharing a press release from our friends across the pond.</p> <p> Lian</p> <p> ***</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vs4jrowdyq1avwpt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Launch of the ARENA research network</strong><br> September 2013</p> <p> The Architectural Research European Network Association, known as ARENA, has been launched as an open, inclusive and comprehensive network for architectural researchers across Europe. Its inaugural meeting will be held at the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands on 2nd November 2013.</p> <p> ARENA offers a shared platform that aims to promote, support, develop and disseminate high-quality research in all fields of architecture in the widest sense, including its links to building technology, environmental design, sustainable development, interior design, landscape architecture and urban design/urbanism, operating in domains from science and technology through to arts and humanities. To do so it will work alongside all existing bodies to promote the quality, breadth and significance of architectural research to the key insti...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/82676114/what-happens-after-graduation-acsa-begins-a-career-outcomes-data-effort What happens after graduation? ACSA begins a Career Outcomes Data Effort ACSA National 2013-09-25T15:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T20:56:49-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8m/8mobauprwwpym9zf.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>By Lian Chang, ACSA Director of Research and Information</em></p> <p> How well did your architecture school prepare you for professional practice&mdash;or for careers outside of architecture firms? Is the gender imbalance that we see in the profession&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/July-August-2013/Architectures-Lean-In-Moment/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">upper echelons</a> beginning to change in the generation of rising architects? How can we identify strategies in architecture schools that are working, giving graduates a leg up when they hit the workforce?</p> <p> These questions&mdash;and recent <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/10/11/the-10-worst-college-majors/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">media reports</a> ranking architecture degrees low in terms of graduate salaries&mdash;are on our minds at the ACSA as we develop our <a href="http://acsa-arch.org/resources/data-resources/data-collection/career-outcomes-data-effort" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Career Outcomes Data Effort</a>, an ACSA-wide survey for schools to use on a voluntary basis with their graduating students. <strong>We&rsquo;re trying to get a fuller and more accurate picture of where architecture graduates are going.</strong></p> <p> Many schools already have exit and post-graduation surveys, but many do not, and there has not yet been a large-scale effort to gather and share data across North America. The AC...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/82588438/is-there-global-competition-for-students-and-graduates Is There Global Competition for Students and Graduates? Pascale Vonier 2013-09-24T11:51:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T22:19:25-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lke867isqi0zl6x2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>By Michael J. Monti, ACSA Executive Director</em></p> <p> This year&rsquo;s meetings of the <a href="http://www.enhsa.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">European Heads of Schools of Architecture</a> took up familiar themes of managing change within budgetary and other constraints, but one day&rsquo;s discussion was particularly relevant to the North American context. In October, the European Parliament will vote to update the Architect&rsquo;s Directive, the law that is the basis for the recognition of professional qualifications across the European Union. As reported by keynote speaker Howard Davies of the European University Association (roughly akin to the American Council on Education in the United States), the Architect&rsquo;s Directive will soon change to have new educational qualifications.</p> <p> Previously, the minimum educational qualifications were 4 years of study. Now the minimum qualifications will be 4 years in university + 2 years of practice or 5 years in university + 0 years practice. The 11 points (see below) that outline the architect&rsquo;s core knowledge and skil...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/82214100/new-acsa-blog-and-college-career-expos-in-sf-dallas-chicago-boston New ACSA Blog (and College + Career Expos in SF, Dallas, Chicago, Boston) ACSA National 2013-09-19T18:10:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T12:45:26-04:00 <p> Hello!&nbsp;</p> <p> The <a href="http://www.acsa-arch.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>&nbsp;will now blog from this little corner of Archinect, sharing news, events, and conversations about architectural education in the USA, Canada, and beyond.</p> <p> What is the ACSA?&nbsp;</p> <p> To start, we are&nbsp;<em>not</em> the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (<a href="http://www.ncarb.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB</a>), which coordinates architectural registrations across the United States; nor are we the&nbsp;National Architectural Accrediting Board (<a href="http://www.naab.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NAAB</a>), which visits schools of architecture in order to establish educational standards and grant accreditation. We're also neither the American Institute of Architects (<a href="http://www.aia.org/%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA</a>) nor the American Institute of Architecture Students (<a href="https://www.aias.org/website/article.asp?id=8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIAS</a>)--though, like the AIAS we work out of the AIA building in Washington DC.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xt/xt6i2hk7946pmf8w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> [The AIA Headquarters Building at&nbsp;<a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1735+New+York+Avenue,+NW+in+Washington+DC,&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;ei=CD07UpH7DNbd4AP6u4FQ&amp;ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1735 New York Avenue, NW in Washington DC,</a> two blocks from the White House and facing the National Mall. Photo by <a href="http://www.artificeimages.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artifice Images</a>&nbsp;from <a href="http://www.architectureweek.com/2012/0516/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArchitectureWeek</a>.]</p> <p> We&nbsp;<em>do</em>, however, work with NCARB, the AIA, and AIAS quite closely, representing t...</p>