Get Lectured: Columbia GSAPP, Spring '17
Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark... View full entry
Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Student Work" Pinterest Board
In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding student projects on various Archinect People profiles.(Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect... View full entry
Re-use, Re-Design & Re-think: RISD’s Interior Architecture department
This post is brought to you by Department of Interior Architecture RISD At the intersection of architecture, conservation and design, RISD’s Interior Architecture department takes an innovative approach to the reuse and transformation of existing buildings. Advanced design studios focused on... View full entry
Free School of Architecture update: open for applications in January 2017
Earlier this year, architect Peter Zellner announced his plans of a new educational institution dubbed the Free School of Architecture. The news was hotly debated on Archinect when it first broke in September and has since grown to become one of the most popular academia-themed posts of the... View full entry
Researchers discover 'glue' that makes plant cell walls strong — foreseeing brighter future for wooden skyscrapers
Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published today in the journal Nature Communications. The study, led by a father and son team at the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge, solves a long-standing mystery of how key sugars in cells bind to form strong, indigestible materials.
— University of Cambridge
"But just as this could improve how easily materials can be broken down, the discovery may also help them create stronger materials, he says. There are already plans to build houses in the UK more sustainably using wood, and Paul Dupree is involved in the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at... View full entry
Which news stories defined architecture education in 2016?
In education and academia news, 2016 had its fair share of architecture's everlasting debate over Theory v. Practice, while also making a big move towards improving students' rights. Check out our most significant News stories from the world of architecture school in 2016:Peter Zellner to launch... View full entry
British Home Office may cut number of students visas issued for international students in half
The Home Office is considering cutting international student numbers at UK universities by nearly half, Education Guardian can reveal. The threat is being greeted with dismay by university heads, who say some good overseas applicants are already being refused visas on spurious grounds.
The home secretary, Amber Rudd, pledged a crackdown on international student numbers at the Conservative party conference in October, to include tougher visa rules for “lower quality” universities and courses.
— the Guardian
But senior university sources are warning that the cutbacks could be far more severe than expected. They say they have seen Home Office plans that model slashing overseas student numbers, with one option to cut the current 300,000 to 170,000 a year.For more on the culture of post-Brexit UK, follow... View full entry
Architecture education in the (even more) automated (near) future
In a robot-proof education, we have to focus on what humans do that robots cannot do: think creatively, work with others, think about ethics. For instance, suppose a scenario where a self-driving car can either hit three people and hurt the passengers, or save the passengers but hit 10 people. What is it going to do? Who’s going to program that? Who’s going to decide? You.
— Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun
In a Q&A between Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun and George Thrush, founding director of the School of Architecture, the two educators touched on the implications of automation for architectural education, among other things. "Creative thinking and innovation... View full entry
Steven Holl Architects-designed library in Malawi approved
The Miracle for Africa Foundation has given the go-ahead for a new library designed by Steven Holl Architects in Malawi. The first building for a new campus plan, also designed by Steven Holl Architects, the 66,000 sq. ft. library will be built, in part, with local materials like bamboo and stone... View full entry
Studio Gang to design new, unified campus for the California College of the Arts in San Francisco
Studio Gang has beat out Allied Works and Michael Maltzan to win a commission to design an expanded art and design campus for the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. The decision follows a two-year search and planning process.Currently, the CCA campus is split between two sites... View full entry
RIBA announces 2016 President's Awards for Research winners
The Royal Institute of British Architects announced today four winners of the 2016 President's Awards for Research, which recognizes top-quality architectural research from academics and practitioners...This year's competition received 75 applications from 14 countries on five continents, making it the most competitive to date...
The winning research projects this year are:History and Theory: Dr Edward Denison, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK; Medhanie Teklemariam and Dawit Abraha, Asmara Heritage Project, EritreaProject: “Asmara – Africa’s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination”Cities and... View full entry
Ceren Bingol named Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art
Ceren Bingol has been named as the interim Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, according to a statement released today by Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and the... View full entry
M.Arch Students at Rensselaer Architecture: Specializing in a Professional Degree, A Discussion on Environmental Sciences and Technology
This post is brought to you by Rensselaer Architecture The practice of architecture in the twenty-first century is increasingly driven by heightened cultural, social and environmental issues demanding that a greater degree of specialized knowledge be accessible in professional degrees... View full entry
Only one student enrolled in a Yale course about women architects, despite grievances against poor representation
“This is not a position that has been strongly represented in this school historically,” [said Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty, who believes] The crux of the issue is whether courses that champion diversity in architecture should be taught as optional, specialized seminars or integrated into the curriculum of the school.
Now with Deborah Berke as dean, the Yale School of Architecture is working to offer more courses focusing on women in architecture such as “Expanding the Canon: Making Room for Other Voices”, an optional seminar that would've been taught by visiting professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty. But... View full entry
New Notre Dame School of Architecture building breaks ground
The University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., has broken ground on a new home for the university's architecture school. [...]
The new building will enable the university’s School of Architecture to add two graduate programs: historic preservation and real estate development. Walsh Family Hall will be the second element of a planned arts quadrangle. [...]
The hall is designed by John Simpson Architects of London; Stantec is the architect of record.
Learn more about the new building— a prime example of New Classicism— on the School of Architecture's website.Related stories in the Archinect news:London Architect John Simpson to Design New Architecture Building at Notre DameScott Merrill wins the 2016 Driehaus Prize View full entry