A new Texas state law going into effect on August 1 (exactly 50 years after the clocktower shootings at UT-Austin, by student and ex-marine Charles Whitman) will allow concealed handguns to be brought into public university campus buildings. This isn't sitting well with many members of the public university system, as educators and administrators are now tasked with regulating the presence of guns inside studios and classrooms, and fear that such a law will scare people away from the school (not to mention the obvious safety concerns).
Dean of the architecture school at UT-Austin, Frederick "Fritz" Steiner, has been critical of the law from its inception, and faced with having to enforce it as campus policy, was prompted to leave the school for the deanship at PennDesign.
While not the sole reason for his resignation, Steiner is adamant that such a law is simply not good for architecture education and studio culture, and joins us on the podcast to discuss.
Listen to episode 55 of Archinect Sessions, "Guns in the Studio":