Archinect - Features 2018-09-20T16:56:58-04:00 Cross-Talk #5: Criticism — Introduction Anthony Morey 2018-04-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Between Full-Time Teaching, and Their Journal, Project, Medium Office Does it All Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-09T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-06T20:13:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Medium Office</a> is an architecture practice based in Los Angeles and New York. Founded by Alfie Koetter and Emmett Zeifman, their work&nbsp;has been exhibited at the <a href="" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles, <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a> in Cambridge, <a href="" target="_blank">Storefront for Art and Architecture</a> in New York, <a href="" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a> in New Haven, and elsewhere. Full-time teachers at <a href="" target="_blank">USC</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Columbia's GSAPP</a>, respectively, the two also find the time to run <a href="" target="_blank">Project Journal</a>, a publication of&nbsp;both visual and written work that engages in critical architectural discourse.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the duo about their many ventures, and&nbsp;how they split their time between them all.</p> Cross-Talk #4: Joel Kerner on 'Academic Aesthetics' Joel Kerner 2018-02-09T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T10:21:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is a recurring series on Archinect that endeavors to bring architectural polemics and debate up-to-date and up-to-speed with the pace of cultural production today. Each installation will feature an introduction premise along with four responses by four practitioners to a single topic. For this week's iteration, we look at 'Academic Aesthetics.'</p> Cross-Talk #4: Saba Salekfard on 'Academic Aesthetics' Saba Salekfard 2018-02-08T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T04:06:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is a recurring series on Archinect that endeavors to bring architectural polemics and debate up-to-date and up-to-speed with the pace of cultural production today. Each installation will feature an introduction premise along with four responses by four practitioners to a single topic. For this week's iteration, we look at 'Academic Aesthetics'.</p> Cross-Talk #4: Zack Matthews on 'Academic Aesthetics' Zack Matthews 2018-02-06T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-06T10:59:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>&nbsp;is a recurring series on Archinect that endeavors to bring architectural polemics and debate up-to-date and up-to-speed with the pace of cultural production today. Each installation will feature an introduction premise along with four responses by four practitioners to a single topic. For this week's iteration, we look at 'Academic Aesthetics.'</p> Fellow Fellows: Zachary Tate Porter Anthony Morey 2018-01-11T12:40:00-05:00 >2018-01-11T13:11:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Fellow Fellows</em> is a series that focuses on the current eruption and trend of <a href="" target="_blank">fellowships</a> in academia today. These positions within the academic realm produce a fantastic blend of practice, research and design influence and traditionally within a tight time frame. Fellow Fellows sits down with these fellows and attempts to understand what these positions offer to both themselves and the discipline at large. <em>Fellow Fellows</em> is about bringing attention and inquiry to an otherwise maddening pace of refreshed academics while giving a broad view of the exceptional and breakthrough work being done in-between the newly minted graduate and the licensed associate.&nbsp;</p> <p>This week we talk to <a href="" target="_blank">Zachary Tate Porter</a>. He is a historian, educator, and designer based in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>. He uses objects, images, and texts to explore the shifting conceptions of ground that undergird architectural production. Zachary Tate Porter&nbsp;was the&nbsp;2015-2016 Design of Theory Fellow at SCI-Arc.</p> Cross-Talk 3: Viola Ago & Hans Tursack on 'Biennales, Triennials and Exhibitions' Viola Ago 2017-12-28T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Fear & Wonder: Orienting Ourselves Through Fiction Pierce Myers 2017-11-15T12:31:00-05:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear &amp; Wonder</a>&nbsp;was a symposium surrounding the possibilities of world building and pondering of what would be possible and yet, nothing seemed impossible, nothing seemed out of our grasp and in fact, forced us to reckon with how much of our own world we are not aware of.&nbsp;</p> Checking Back in With the Free School of Architecture, its First Year now Complete Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-10T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-09T20:44:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last year,&nbsp;architect <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;his plans of a new, tuition-free educational institution dubbed the <a href="" target="_blank">Free School of Architecture</a>. Held at the Container Yard in Los Angeles, the school made its debut over the summer, launching on June 1st, 2017 with a class of 30 post-graduate students and a&nbsp;faculty of 22 teachers engaging in 12 courses over the span of 6 weeks.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the first year now complete, we got the chance to talk to Zellner about the outcome of its inaugural program as well as the goals for the school going forward.</p> Archinect's guide to the Architecture Graduate School Application - Part Three: Choose Your Advisor Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-07T12:13:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Choosing advisors is one of the most important decisions you can make in grad school. In the last piece in our three-part guide to the Architecture Graduate School Application, in partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">Study Architecture</a>, we offer some advice on how to choose the right advisor.</p> 23 Common Introductory Assignments You'll Find in Architecture School aricgitomer 2017-11-07T09:14:00-05:00 >2018-01-11T15:01:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you imagined you'd spend the first day of architecture school designing your dream home or imagining a skyscraper, you would be way off base. Depending on what school you attend, the flavor of your initial project will vary, but all will be designed to help develop your design-thinking and -making abilities.</p> Archinect's guide to the Architecture Graduate School Application - Part Two: Do Your Research Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-06T13:49:00-05:00 >2017-11-06T14:06:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>We have&nbsp;partnered with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Study Architecture</a>&nbsp;to create a three-part guide to the Architecture Graduate School Application process. On Friday we shared <a href="" target="_blank">part one</a>, which focused on identifying one's interests. Today, we are sharing part two, focused on&nbsp;<em></em>researching potential schools<em>.</em></p> Archinect's guide to the Architecture Graduate School Application - Part One: Identify Your Interest Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-03T11:44:00-04:00 >2017-11-03T15:40:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Applying to graduate school is no easy task! Cost, location, professors, programs, resources, and funding are just a few of many things one needs to take into account while navigating the numerous options out there. Hoping to help future graduate students with the application process, Archinect has partnered with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Study Architecture</a>&nbsp;to create the ultimate guide for navigating the process.</p> Screen/Print #64: Pedro Bandeira Narrates His Field Trip to Arcosanti Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-18T10:11:00-04:00 >2017-10-18T10:59:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2012, Pedro Bandeira, architect and professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Minho, travelled to <a href="" target="_blank">Arcosanti</a> with a class of architecture students. In 2<em>012 Arcosanti</em>, the educator recounts his travel and shares his unique views on the Arizona urban laboratory.</p> Deans List: Milton Curry shares his vision for the future of the USC School of Architecture Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-05T11:45:00-04:00 >2017-10-04T20:16:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this edition of the <a href="" target="_blank">Deans List</a> we spoke with incoming dean Milton Curry at the<a href="" target="_blank"> University of Southern California</a>. Dean Curry told us about his vision for the school, what it means to be a citizen architect and the commitment of architecture thinking to public good. </p> As the first set of students graduate from the London School of Architecture, we catch up with founder Will Hunter Laura Mark 2017-08-30T04:28:00-04:00 >2017-08-30T13:57:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2015, 30 students set out on a new part two course at the UK&rsquo;s first full-fledged <a href="" target="_blank">independent architecture school</a> for more than a century. Run by former <em>Architectural Review</em> editor <a href="" target="_blank">Will Hunter</a> with architects including <a href="" target="_blank">Nigel Coates</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Clive Sall</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Deborah Saunt</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">London School of Architecture</a> launched with high expectations. &nbsp;</p> <p>As fees headed towards <a href="" target="_blank">&pound;9,000 per year at other London institutions</a>, this one was aiming to keep the cost of architectural education down at a more affordable level and one which wouldn&rsquo;t mean students comes out of university with almost &pound;100,000 of debt and ill-equipped for life in practice.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now two years in, its first set of students have completed their studies. The work on the walls of its home in Somerset House display competency, inventiveness and a clear understanding of the issues which London is facing. Projects tackled issues including climate change, population growth, income inequality, and education and health disparities focusing on a Lond...</p> Cross-Talk #2: Deborah Garcia on 'Pedagogy' Today DeborahMGarcia 2017-07-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It is with much trepidation that I responded to the prompt of pedagogy issued for this round of <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cross-Talk</a></strong>. A bit of hesitation because having graduated less than two months ago the...wounds are fresh, shall we say. The hand that fed is not yet out of eyesight... The master is still very much near. Take your pick of idioms and metaphors; it is difficult to write on the subject within which one is so acutely implicated. I have been a product of it and continue to subject myself willingly to its current operators. What I have included as my response will react to the pieces written by fellow participants of this current Cross-Talk&mdash;participants who I also call my teachers, peers, and friends. Friends for now, I might add, for if these Cross-Talks are in any way successful they should at least shake these friendly foundations out of simple curiosity and mischievous delight&mdash;two things this writer is quite prone to.&nbsp;</p> Cross-Talk #2: JuneJuly on 'Pedagogy' Today JuneJuly 2017-07-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When asking questions about how to teach architecture, we have to understand what architecture is as a profession. The profession, as the academy understands it, no longer exists. The service of architecture can largely be separated into two fields: design architecture and executive architecture. Design architecture is concerned with the design of space, and executive architecture with the delivery of that design. Pedagogy today attempts to prepare students for both of these roles, and in that way prepares them for neither. Contractors and fabricators are already comfortable executing architecture, and extra-disciplinary creative agencies (advertising, graphics, branding) take on the design of architecture without hesitation. This is indiscriminate to whether or not those who do the work were trained as architects. This will only continue.</p> Cross-Talk #2: Constance Vale on 'Pedagogy' Today Constance Vale 2017-07-28T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Pedagogy is animated theory that transforms the discipline. It emerges from discussion, debate, and creation and involves the collaboration of instructors, students, and institutions. Essential to pedagogical development is the understanding that architecture is a cultural discipline, one that thrives on creative speculations that enter into tension with external issues.[1]<a href="" name="_ftnref1" target="_blank"></a> Effective architectural pedagogy alters the world beyond the boundary of its originating institution, changing conformist ideologies and empowering the disenfranchised via the implications of aesthetics.[2] In the pursuit of disciplinary transformation that will destabilize the status quo, pedagogy must first address how to forget and how to fail.</p> Cross-Talk #2: Patrick Geske on 'Pedagogy' Today Patrick Geske 2017-07-27T12:29:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>At its core, architecture is a personal pursuit that involves an itinerant and systematic questioning of everything one grows up to find in the world&mdash;pre-existing as it were, solid and opaque as if somehow natural.</p> Cross-Talk #2: Matthew Allen on 'Pedagogy' Today Matthew Allen 2017-07-26T12:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T12:02:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Not so long ago, not everyone would be expected to graduate from high school. &nbsp;(Graduation rates in the US: 1900: 6%; 1930: 55%; 2016: 83%.) Now college is more or less mandatory in many lines of work, and an advanced degree is almost a requirement to be an architect. But somehow an old idea persists: the idea of the architect as a generalist problem-solver, a gentleman amateur. This is a nineteenth century idea that fit, say, Frank Lloyd Wright, but, strangely enough, it also fits most contemporary architects that come to mind.<br></p> Cross-Talk #2: 'Pedagogy of The Present — Frederick L. Ackerman’s Unrealized Vision for Architectural Education' by Zachary Tate Porter Zachary Tate Porter 2017-07-25T12:18:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In recent years, various social media platforms have reconfigured the distribution and consumption of architecture&mdash;a transformation that has reinvigorated the discipline and produced a wide array of provocative imagery. Yet, while architects can and should celebrate this exciting culture of exchange, there is also the risk of becoming too insulated from the problems and paradigms of larger culture. Ultimately, architectural schools bear the burden of navigating these forces and setting the tone for emerging professionals. As architectural educators chart the course for our discipline, they would be wise to revisit the pedagogical visions espoused by our predecessors.</p> Cross-Talk #2: Pedagogy — Introduction Anthony Morey 2017-07-24T14:46:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>pedagogy&nbsp; </p> <p>|&#712;ped&#601;&#716;&#609;&auml;j&#275;|&nbsp; </p> <p> noun&nbsp;(plural&nbsp;<strong>pedagogies</strong>)&nbsp;the method and&nbsp;practice&nbsp;of&nbsp;teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical&nbsp;concept:<em>&nbsp;the&nbsp;relationship&nbsp;between applied linguistics and language&nbsp;pedagogy</em>&nbsp;|<em>&nbsp;subject-based&nbsp;pedagogies</em>.</p> "The future belongs to Woodbury": an interview with Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, the University's brand new Dean Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-13T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this installment of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Deans List</em></a> we&nbsp;talk to Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, one month after starting <a href="" target="_blank">her new post as Dean</a>&nbsp;of the School of Architecture at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Woodbury University</a>, about the importance of economic diversity and the school's commitment to egalitarian and practical education.&nbsp;</p> Letters of acceptance are in and the Archinect community is here to help! Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-29T10:42:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T20:42:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again, when architectural hopefuls sit anxiously on their front step waiting for the mail or more likely, at their computers refreshing their inbox. And while many may have thought the difficult part was turning <em>in </em>the applications, they are probably figuring out by now, that making a decision on which program to accept can be just as taxing.</p> Michelle Addington discusses her new deanship at UT Austin and the educational opportunities arising from the political hotbed that is Texas Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-28T11:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T11:44:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This coming July, the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Texas at Austin</a> will be getting a new dean of the School of Architecture.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Michelle Addington</a>, who has spent the last eleven years teaching at <a href="" target="_blank">Yale</a>, will be leaving her post as the Hines Professor of Sustainable Design and taking over for Elizabeth Danze, who has been serving as interim dean at UT Austin since July 2016.&nbsp;</p> 10 Essential Skills for a Life Beyond Architecture Laura Amaya 2017-03-24T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T15:30:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The decision to study architecture feels like choosing a path for a lifetime at the age of 20. As you enter university, you think that architecture is about drawing and building as you get ready to become the next Mies van der Rohe. What you may not realize, though, is that <a href="" target="_blank">architecture school</a> also prepares you for many other careers out there.</p> What's Wrong with Academia? On Alternative Schools of Architecture Joanne Pouzenc 2017-03-09T12:17:00-05:00 >2018-08-06T01:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Over the course of the last few years, debate around the form of <a href="" target="_blank">architectural education</a> has reached new levels of popularity, illustrated by the proliferation of reflexive <a href="" target="_blank">initiatives</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">conferences</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">publications</a>&nbsp;around artistic and architectural education as well as through the emergence of <a href="" target="_blank">new experimental models</a>.</p> Michael Rotondi's GamerLab™ Wants to Revolutionize Architecture Education Through Gaming Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T15:41:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T01:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a typical media narrative, video games are responsible for social isolation, decreased attention spans, and even violent tendencies. But according to GamerLab&trade;, a new educational platform and pedagogical method developed by the LA-based <a href="" target="_blank">RotoLab</a>, as well as an increasingly large body of research, games can offer major benefits for education, particularly when it comes to architecture.</p> Does Teaching Architecture Enhance Architectural Practice? Julia Ingalls 2016-10-24T12:08:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As if running a practice wasn&rsquo;t challenging enough, numerous <a href="" target="_blank">architects and designers also engage regularly in teaching</a>, whether it&rsquo;s giving one-off lectures around the world or teaching full studios and courses at universities. So how does teaching influence the practice of architecture, and vice versa?</p>