Michael Ford on why teaching Hip Hop Architecture is crucial
Ford thinks that hip-hop culture, from rapping to break-dancing, is the ultimate critique of midcentury modern vertical slums, and one that could be translated positively into new buildings and city plans [...] By promoting what he calls "Hip Hop Architecture," Ford is advocating an attitude and an approach more than a style.
After architect Michael Ford was inspired to enter the profession by Professor Dan Pitera, “a self-described ‘political and social activist masquerading as an architect’”, he is working on bringing Hip Hop Architecture nationwide to schoolkids everywhere.“Through his writing, teaching... View full entry
New York becomes the first state to make college tuition-free
In a historic move, New York has become the first state to make tuition free at four-year public colleges. A measure introduced by Governor Cuomo in January, the legislation was approved by lawmakers this weekend. Middle-class families could save up to $25,880 for a four-year degree at a State... View full entry
Meet Dr. Sumaya Bint Sulaiman Al Sulaiman, Saudi Arabia's first female dean of a design college
Dr Sumaya Bint Sulaiman Al Sulaiman has become the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be appointed dean of a design college. Al Sulaiman now heads the College of Design at the Imam Abdul Rahman Bin Faysal University
...the highest administrative position for a Saudi woman at a public college or university was vice-dean, except at Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University, an exclusively for women university in the capital Riyadh.
— Gulf News
Dr. Al Sulaiman's appointment at the University of Dammam College of Design last month is one of two groundbreaking university dean appointments in Saudi Arabia. She was appointed days after Dr. Dalal Namnaqani, who became the first woman to become dean at the Taif University College of... View full entry
NCARB opens up official certification to much wider field of architecture students
If you didn't get a degree from a NAAB-accredited program, but have spent years accumulating Architectural Experience Program-worthy hours, you may now receive an official NCARB certification. How? Well, the details are spelled out in the press release below, but think of it as a potential reward... View full entry
At the VDNKh park in Moscow, Workhaus design an educational "Urban Farm"
Larger than the entirety of Monaco, the VDNKh is a trade show and amusement park in Moscow that houses, alongside other things, a slew of historical national pavilions and teaching spaces. Recently, an urban farm was added to the site, intended to serve as both a leisure space and an educational... 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
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
Robert A.M. Stern wins 2017 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion
The AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) deemed Robert A.M. Stern the 2017 laureate of the Topaz Medallion, the highest accolade bestowed to an architecture educator. The yearly award distinguishes an individual for their significant involvement in architecture... 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
Geofutures Master of Science in Architecture Program at Rensselaer Architecture: Student Project Wins Second Place in Archinect’s Dry Futures Competition
This post is brought to you by Rensselaer Architecture A Rensselaer student project from the Geofutures Master of Science in Architecture program at Rensselaer Architecture was selected as the second-place winner in the speculative category of the Dry Futures competition, sponsored by Archinect... View full entry
Digital Demands in Architecture: Kennesaw State remedies digital expansion for students
This post is brought to you by Kennesaw State University. Architecture’s relationship to technology is as old as the primitive hut. Material and construction technologies have shaped design and detailing throughout history. But with the dawn of the information age came a new category of... View full entry
Alberti Program introduces kids to power, potential of architecture
Architecture shapes our environment. But studying architecture shapes how we see, understand and interpret the world. A building, a neighborhood, a city — each is the result of particular priorities, circumstances and choices.It’s a startling realization, especially for young people, but also... View full entry
UT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on "race, gender, and the American built environment"
The effort aims to facilitate diversity among design and planning professionals and students, and foster innovation in teaching and research on race, gender and inequality in American cities.
Partially funded by the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the initiative will ensure that the School of Architecture is on the leading edge of scholarship and practice regarding these important issues.
More on race and gender in architecture:Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority NeighborhoodsA profession almost as white as the walls.Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan AmericaMore women joined the profession in 2015 than ever... View full entry
Open Call for Submissions: "Learning"
As the role of “the architect” seems to expand ever outwards, the architect’s education hasn’t exactly kept pace. While the profession delves into new territories, its optimism and diversification run parallel to the bloat of inflated degrees, unpaid labor and student debt that have come... View full entry