Archinect - News 2017-08-20T09:44:37-04:00 Edna Ledesma and Miriam Solis appointed to lead UT Austin School of Architecture diversity initiative Justine Testado 2017-08-09T13:57:00-04:00 >2017-08-12T12:12:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture</a> appointed Edna Ledesma and Miriam Solis as its new faculty leaders for the Race and Gender in the Built Environment Initiative. Launched last fall by&nbsp;scholars Anna Livia Brand and Andrea Roberts, the ongoing initiative fosters teaching and research on race and gender-related issues in U.S. cities, and aims to facilitate diversity among design and planning professionals and students.&nbsp;Ledesma and Solis will replace Brand and Roberts for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year.</p> <p>Ledesma, who is currently a&nbsp;lecturer at UTSOA,&nbsp;will join the school as a 2017-18 fellow. Her research focuses on understanding development and the evolution of the smart, green, and just 21st century city, with consideration to the cultural landscapes of immigrant populations and micro-economies. She acquired a Ph.D. in&nbsp;Urban and Regional Science from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Texas A&amp;M University</a>.</p> <p>Solis will join UTSOA as an assistant professor in Fall 2018, after she completes a 2017 ...</p> Design Academy Eindhoven appoints Joseph Grima as the new Chair Executive Board / Creative Director Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-14T13:46:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:46:46-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Joseph Grima (40) is a graduate of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the AA</a> and the founder of Space Caviar (Genova, Italy), a design research studio operating at the intersection of architecture, technology, politics and the public realm. He has extensive international experience as curator, editor and writer in the fields of design and architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joseph Grima</a>: &ldquo;Despite the extraordinary proliferation of design schools in recent years, there is still an acute shortage of places that actually question what design is. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Academy Eindhoven</a> isn&rsquo;t a school where students simply learn design&mdash;they design design, and each day rethink the parameters through which it shapes society. I look forward to working with the Academy&rsquo;s exceptional staff to help them build a place in which the future is born.&rdquo;</p> The Norman Foster Foundation announces a program of education initiatives Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-12T14:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-12T14:42:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Based in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Madrid</a> and operating globally, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Norman Foster Foundation</a>&nbsp;is a non-profit promoting holistic education and interdisciplinary thinking and research.&nbsp;</p> <p>Followed from the <em>Future is Now</em> forum held in Madrid's Royal Theater on the 1st of June, Mayor of Madrid and Lord Foster brought together leading figures in the fields of science, design, architecture, politics, art, economics and history, to&nbsp;a capacity audience of 2,000 and 75,000 online viewers.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the support of the Rolex Institute, the Foundation will host week-long events in its Madrid Headquarters in November 2017. Grants will be awarded to ten students from around the world for a series of talks, think tanks and workshops led by key individuals, including Norman Foster, on issues such as the city, infrastructure, mobility and technology.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>The Norman Foster Foundation. Image courtesy of the NFF</figcaption></figure></figure></figure><p>In October 2017 the Foundation will feature an exhibit titled Common Futures in Madrid's Espacio Fundacion Telefonica. Create...</p> Urban Arts Collective to kick off 2017 Hip Hop Architecture Camps for under-represented youth Justine Testado 2017-06-05T18:26:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T18:28:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Non-profit organization <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Arts Collective</a> is about to kick off their 2017 youth Hip Hop Architecture Camp, a one-week experience that introduces under-represented youth to architecture, urban planning, and economic development &mdash; all through the lens of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hip hop culture</a> and its historic relationship with the built environment.</p><p>Designed for middle school and high school kids, camps take place in Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta, and Detroit through August. Youngsters will get to work with architecture and design professionals, community activists, and hip hop artists to form their own visions for their communities, including building physical and digital models, and having fun creating their own hip hop architecture track and music video summarizing their designs.</p><p>It's no surprise that the camp has received overwhelming interest, so potential participants must apply for the limited spaces available in each city.&nbsp;You can find the application forms for each location and further info at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hip...</a></p> Diane Lewis, architect and eminent Cooper Union professor, has died Justine Testado 2017-05-02T13:45:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T13:49:19-04:00 <img src="" width="565" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New York architect and professor Diane Lewis has passed away, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cooper Union</a> announced in a statement today. She was the first woman appointed to the school's full-time architecture faculty and tenured in 1993. Since then, she was a &ldquo;beloved and influential voice&rdquo; in the community, wrote Nader Tehrani, dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.</p><p>Lewis won the 1976 Rome Prize in Architecture, being one of the youngest recipients of the award. In addition to her experience at the American Academy in Rome, she spent her formative years working at Richard Meier's office from 1977-78, followed by six years at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I.M. Pei</a> and Partners from 1978-83, while launching her teaching career.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photo &copy; Rob Mattson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, via Asia Contemporary Art Week.</em></p><p>Then in&nbsp;1983, she established her eponymous firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diane Lewis Architects</a>. She fiercely dedicated her practice to&nbsp;studio teaching and critical writing on architecture, and she integrated the approach of &ldquo;the architecture of the ...</p> Michael Ford on why teaching Hip Hop Architecture is crucial Justine Testado 2017-04-27T14:56:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T09:37:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Ford</a> was inspired to enter the profession by&nbsp;Professor Dan Pitera, &ldquo;a self-described &lsquo;political and social activist masquerading as an architect&rsquo;&rdquo;, he is working on bringing Hip Hop Architecture nationwide&nbsp;to schoolkids everywhere.</p><p><em>&ldquo;Through his writing, teaching and national speaking, Ford aims to dissolve barriers that have discouraged black children from becoming architects, city planners and urban designers.&rdquo;</em></p> New York becomes the first state to make college tuition-free Nicholas Korody 2017-04-11T12:16:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:17:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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 University or City University of New York.</p><p>The scholarship, dubbed the Excelsior Scholarship, is available for undergraduates enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY school whose families earn less than $100,000 per year. Each year until 2019, the income cap will lift until it reaches $125,000.&nbsp;</p><p>The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, currently $6,470 per year at four-year schools and $4,350 at community colleges. It doesn&rsquo;t cover fees and other expenses, like the costs of books or room and board. That being said, the budget for the bill includes $8 million to help students gain access to educational resources like e-books.</p><p>In order to stay on the scholarship, students have to maintain the GPA necess...</p> Meet Dr. Sumaya Bint Sulaiman Al Sulaiman, Saudi Arabia's first female dean of a design college Justine Testado 2017-04-05T14:30:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T14:57:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>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&nbsp;Dr. Dalal Namnaqani, who became the first woman to become dean at the&nbsp;Taif University College of Medicine.</p><p>Al Sulaiman has a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Newcastle (UK), a master's in architecture from King Faisal University, and has executive certificates in management, leadership, strategy and innovation from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology</a>.&nbsp;Before becoming dean of&nbsp;the University of Dammam's design college, she was the Vice Dean for Quality, Development and Academic Accreditation and Chair of the Graphic Design and Multimedia program.</p><p>Al Sulaiman was the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recipient of the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship</a>&nbsp;at MIT in 2013-14. &ldquo;Her research interests include areas of intersection between architecture and politics such as the mediation of power in space and place; ideologies and nation...</p> NCARB opens up official certification to much wider field of architecture students Julia Ingalls 2017-02-14T18:50:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:24:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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 for years spent working in the field while trying to pay for your education so you could work in the field. Some call it The School of Hard Knocks; others, "practical experience." Now feast your eyes on the full release:</p><p><strong>NCARB Streamlines Path to Certification for Architects</strong><br><em>Architects without a degree from an accredited program can pursue NCARB certification through&nbsp;a new path.</em></p><p>Washington, DC&mdash;The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched the first&nbsp;phase of its revised certification path for architects without a degree from a program accredited by the National&nbsp;Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The NCARB Certificate facilitates reciprocal licensure among t...</p> At the VDNKh park in Moscow, Workhaus design an educational "Urban Farm" Nicholas Korody 2017-01-25T17:29:00-05:00 >2017-02-05T21:34:18-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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 opportunity for children and adults. Designed by the Moscow-based studio Wowhaus, the project includes a completely new building and several pavilions set in a bucolic landscape.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The project, aptly titled &ldquo;Urban Farm&rdquo;, houses goats, donkeys, sheep, cows, rabbits, chickens, geese and ducks. An &ldquo;orangery&rdquo; is divided into three zones: one for hydroponic cultivation of herbs and vegetables, one for flowers in soil, and one for exotic plants in tubs. The spaces are designed so that they can also be used for public lectures.</p><p>Additionally, there&rsquo;s a cooking school for children, a &ldquo;woodland library&rdquo;, a fishing area and picnic areas. The Urban Farm isn&rsquo;t just about agriculture, though. The site will al...</p> Re-use, Re-Design & Re-think: RISD’s Interior Architecture department Sponsor 2016-12-28T17:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T19:09:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="615" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Interior Architecture RISD</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>At the intersection of architecture, conservation and design, RISD&rsquo;s Interior Architecture department takes an innovative approach to the reuse and transformation of existing buildings. Advanced design studios focused on adaptive reuse are central to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. And unlike the fields of interior design and decoration, interior architecture looks less at the application of surface materials than at understanding the design of buildings from the inside out.</p><p>In the studio, students use digital and manual means to research and recommend design alterations and renovations that give existing buildings new life. Studios focus on a wide range of approaches, from domestic to retail design to theater/production design to issues of preservation and conservation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Students in our department are engaged in a rich and expansive discipline focusing on the reuse and transformation of existing str...</p> Free School of Architecture update: open for applications in January 2017 Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T21:07:00-05:00 >2016-12-28T13:51:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, architect Peter Zellner <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> 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 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">most popular academia-themed posts of the year</a>.</p><p>The FSA appears to be taking shape in the mean time and started posting first announcements on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">its school profile</a> on Archinect, including detailed information about the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">application process</a> for the 2017&nbsp;&mdash; and the school's commencement &mdash; academic year.</p><p>More updates here as they emerge.</p> Which news stories defined architecture education in 2016? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-15T12:33:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T22:08:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>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:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zellner to launch the Free School of Architecture, a tuition-free, experimental architecture school</a></em></p><p>The FSA is a tuition-free post-graduate school in Los Angeles, to be launched in 2017. While free, the school won't be accredited, nor based in a static location, and also be capped at 48 students by 2020 &ndash; characteristics that commentators were critical of, for concern it could turn into a pure ideas salon. Zellner aligned the school with the radical pedagogical departures taken by Ray Kappe at SCI-Arc and Peter Eisenman at the IAUS.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following a landmark decision, graduate students will now be able to unionize</a></em></p><p>The decision overturned a 2004 precedent set by the&nbsp;National Labor Relations Board, that determined stud...</p> Robert A.M. Stern wins 2017 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion Justine Testado 2016-12-08T17:39:00-05:00 >2016-12-09T06:54:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) deemed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert A.M. Stern</a>&nbsp;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 education for at least a decade, and also for their widespread influential teaching.</p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Credit: Yale School of Architecture</em><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Robert A.M. Stern was acknowledged for his dedication to architecture education throughout his 50-year career &mdash; from his buildings, his teaching at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia University</a> and deanship at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a>, to his numerous books such as &ldquo;New Directions in American Architecture&rdquo;, his New York City architectural heritage series, and&nbsp;the recent &ldquo;Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale&rdquo;. The Partners at Robert A.M. Stern Architects also promote emerging talent in awarding the $10,000 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RAMSA Travel Fellowship</a> every year.</p><p>Previous Topaz laureates include ...</p> M.Arch Students at Rensselaer Architecture: Specializing in a Professional Degree, A Discussion on Environmental Sciences and Technology Sponsor 2016-12-05T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T22:53:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="655" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rensselaer Architecture</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>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. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rensselaer&rsquo;s Master of Architecture program</a> responds to this challenge with the integration of cutting edge research study into its coursework and studios, where students directly confront the most relevant contemporary ecological issues. The M.Arch program also offers minors in specialized areas, and enrollment into Master of Science research programs upon completion of the Master of Architecture degree.</p><p>The Master of Architecture engages innovative building science research with a full semester residency at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE)</a> located within Skidmore Owings and Merrill&rsquo;s [SOM] New York City office. The residency offers M.Arch students firsthand experience in researc...</p> Geofutures Master of Science in Architecture Program at Rensselaer Architecture: Student Project Wins Second Place in Archinect’s Dry Futures Competition Sponsor 2016-11-16T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:45:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rensselaer Architecture</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>A Rensselaer student project from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geofutures Master of Science in Architecture</a> program at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rensselaer Architecture</a> was selected as the second-place winner in the speculative category of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> competition, sponsored by Archinect in 2015. The competition was designed to address the unfolding drought crisis in California. Archinect launched the competition in the summer of 2015, the fourth year of California&rsquo;s ongoing drought, asking for bold design proposals that could mitigate the over-consumption of water.</p><p>The competition was divided into two categories: one for speculative projects and the other for pragmatic responses. The Geofutures <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Urban Swales&rdquo;</a> project received second place in the speculative category. The project was conceived by Muhammad Ahmad Khan, a graduate student in the Geofutures Master of Science in Architecture program at Rensselaer Architecture as part of an advanced design studio conducted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris ...</a></p> Digital Demands in Architecture: Kennesaw State remedies digital expansion for students Sponsor 2016-10-17T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-12T17:58:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kennesaw State University</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Architecture&rsquo;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 technologies that have shaped architecture in fresh new ways. Initially, these digital programs were treated as an extension of Representation theory. For architects, the debut of AutoCAD and form<strong>&middot;</strong>Z would prove transformative similarly to the way the plan and section impacted architectural theory and practice during the Renaissance. Prospects of virtual reality in the 1990s had architectural theorists musing on the possible obsolescence of brick and mortar buildings.</p><p>By the late 1990s, computer-aided design products like AutoCAD had become a standard tool in architectural offices. In response, the academy speculated on the elimination of the traditional art studio concept with its drafting tables, opt...</p> Alberti Program introduces kids to power, potential of architecture Liam Otten 2016-09-26T18:44:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T11:12:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architecture shapes our environment. But studying architecture shapes how we see, understand and interpret the world. A building, a neighborhood, a city &mdash; each is the result of particular priorities, circumstances and choices.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a startling realization, especially for young people, but also inspiring. Our surroundings are not merely the way they are &mdash;&nbsp;they are the way that people have made them to be.</p><p>Over the last 10 years, Washington University in St. Louis&rsquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alberti Program</a>&nbsp;has introduced hundreds of kids, ranging from 8 to 15 years old, to the power and potential of architecture and design. Led by students and faculty in the Sam Fox School of Design &amp; Visual Arts &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">with major support from PGAV Destinations</a>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;the tuition-free program operates year-round: as a day camp in June and on Saturday afternoons throughout the fall and spring semesters.</p><p>&ldquo;Alberti adopts a way of learning by doing,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Bruce Lindsey, dean of the Sam Fox School&rsquo;s College of Architecture and Graduate School o...</p> UT Austin's architecture school begins new initiative focused on "race, gender, and the American built environment" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-09T18:06:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T23:15:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>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&rsquo;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.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on race and gender in architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a></li><li><a title="A profession almost as white as the walls." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A profession almost as white as the walls.</a></li><li><a title="Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan America" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan America</a></li><li><a title="More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More women joined the profession in 2015 than ever before</a></li><li><a title="Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Zaha Hadid's gender and ethnicity mattered so much</a></li></ul> Open Call for Submissions: "Learning" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-07T12:07:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:28:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the role of &ldquo;the architect&rdquo; seems to expand ever outwards, the architect&rsquo;s education hasn&rsquo;t exactly kept pace. While the profession delves into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new territories</a>, its optimism and diversification run parallel to the bloat of inflated degrees, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpaid labor</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">student debt</a> that have come to characterize educational institutions at large. What&rsquo;s an aspiring architect to do? As current academic models appear less and less adept at teaching architecture as we know it, perhaps a pedagogical break is needed to better understand: &ldquo;How on Earth should we teach architecture?&rdquo;</p><p>This September on Archinect, we&rsquo;re considering all aspects of 'Learning' from pedagogy to continuing education to psychology. And under our open call for submissions, we&rsquo;re looking for projects and writing that reconsider one of the core aspects of architecture education: the studio.</p><p><strong>&#12299;PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: A New Studio</strong></p><p>There weren&rsquo;t always Kuka robots on every corner. The studio space where architects do the majority of th...</p> Yeah, so about Melania Trump's architecture degree... Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-20T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T08:36:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Melania Trump&rsquo;s much-anticipated address at the Republican National Convention on Monday provoked outrage for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plagiarizing Michelle Obama&rsquo;s speech</a> at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the typically demure member of Trump&rsquo;s campaign suddenly became the center of a lot of negative press.</p><p>The ensuing wave of critical attention towards Melania Trump dug up other questionable details about her position in the campaign&mdash;among them, its claim that she obtained &ldquo;a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia&rdquo;, according to her bio in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GOP Convention&rsquo;s program</a>. The same information appears on Melania Trump&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official website</a>.</p><p>An obvious red flag, pointed out by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, is that &ldquo;There is no &lsquo;University in Slovenia,&rsquo; nor is there a &lsquo;University of Slovenia.&rsquo;&rdquo; Previous to the RNC, multiple profiles of Melania Trump (including those for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GQ</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Yorker</a>) had looked into her academic background and reported that she did indeed attend the school of architecture a...</p> UK school buildings are damaging pupils’ health and performance Ellen Hancock 2016-05-13T10:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:50:12-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>School buildings in the UK are of such poor quality that children are underperforming and teachers are quitting the classroom, experts have warned. A new study by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) found that one in five teachers have considered leaving their school as a result of stressful, overcrowded working environments caused by the poorly designed buildings they have to teach in.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Relating UK articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crossrail unveils images of new Elizabeth line stations</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest University of Westminster Burning Man studio project needs a Kickstart</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This week's picks for London architecture and design events</a></li></ul> Learn About Interior Architecture at the Boston Architectural College Sponsor 2016-05-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T00:50:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=Editorial_Programs&amp;utm_source=Archinects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The Boston Architectural College&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Interior Architecture</a> offers professionally accredited Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture degree programs. Both degrees help students prepare to become NCIDQ-certified interior designers within a framework of mentored work in the field. Evening class scheduling after the first year allows students to gain real-world practical knowledge and build their network, while exploring creative scholarship in their academic work.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Interior Architecture is the design of human experience,&rdquo; said Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture. &ldquo;Good design makes health and well-being a priority, and achieves its aims sustainably in balance with nature. We ask our students to base their decisions on a proven body of knowledge, and to draw and apply ideas taken from their own practical experience.&rdquo;</p><p>Both the Bachelor and Master of Interior Archite...</p> ­­Call for Applications 2016-17: Master Interior Architecture and Retail Design (MIARD) Sponsor 2016-05-09T12:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:55:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Piet Zwart Institute</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>Final Deadline: May 15 2016 </strong><br>EU and Dutch applicants</p><p>The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy, part of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specialisation and interdisciplinary exchange in a vibrant learning environment.</p><p><strong>About the program:</strong></p><p>The Master of Interior Architecture &amp; Retail Design [MIARD] at the Piet Zwart Institute is a two-year, English Language postgraduate program.</p><p>Our international course situates itself in applied-research, experimentation, critical thinking and the professional field of interior architecture and developing spatial practice(s). We provide an educational platform to train and support designers to be critical and progressive in the field of interiors and to expand the bound...</p> “Inflatable Museum” to provide additional learning support to disadvantaged areas of Manchester Ellen Hancock 2016-04-18T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T01:05:50-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An &ldquo;Inflatable Museum&rdquo; is about to be launched in Greater Manchester with the aim of bringing exhibits and educational programmes to schools in disadvantaged districts of the city. It is transportable in a van, can be blown up in under half an hour and can accommodate a full school class. It incorporates moveable cabinets, a large open presentation area and high definition projection equipment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Relating stories in the Archinect News:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA launches 2016 funding for new architecture research</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New year, new you: how a few UK firms are switching up their game</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas to design Manchester arts center, "The Factory"</a></li></ul> Explore architecture and design at UCLA this Summer Sponsor 2016-03-11T12:23:00-05:00 >2016-03-11T12:28:02-05:00 <img src="" width="641" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA A.UD</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Summer is almost here and UCLA Architecture and Urban Design are looking forward to an exciting four weeks packed with design, architecture and exploration! Individuals in the A.UD Summer Program spend their days investigating the world of Los Angeles architecture and design through two unique summer programs in architecture, design, and related fields: <strong>JumpStart</strong> (July 5-29) and <strong>Teen Arch Studio </strong>(July 11-22, with PLUS extension from July 24- July 29).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learning from the brightest of A.UD design instructors, individuals enrolled in JumpStart and TeenArch programs acquire new skills in digital software and 3D modeling while building up their own portfolio for future endeavors. Studio time is typically composed of lectures on conceptual themes related to assigned coursework, and technical tutorials in digital modeling and drawing. Students are divided into small sections of 9-12 students, and assigned to individual instructors and TA&rsquo;s for tutori...</p> These super-rich parents are building bespoke houses to homeschool their children Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-19T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-22T07:03:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Taylor] family is part of a small subset of affluent homeowners who home-school their kids&mdash;but not for typical reasons of wanting to provide religious instruction or because they don&rsquo;t like the public schools nearby. Instead, they say they can create their own optimal learning environments by buying or building homes in which almost every room is a classroom. [...] &ldquo;When you do a house from the ground up, you do it for how your family lives. Home schooling for us is a lifestyle&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More at the intersection of space and education:</p><ul><li><a title='Are English universities picking up "American habits" as campus construction booms?' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are English universities picking up "American habits" as campus construction booms?</a></li><li><a title="Building Design from the Inside Out: RISD&rsquo;s Interior Architecture department" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Design from the Inside Out: RISD&rsquo;s Interior Architecture department</a></li><li><a title="Chinese Colleges Are Trying to Look Like the Ivy League" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Colleges Are Trying to Look Like the Ivy League</a></li><li><a title="Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design UC Santa Cruz's new Institute of the Arts and Sciences" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design UC Santa Cruz's new Institute of the Arts and Sciences</a></li></ul> "How does one teach urban planning to pre-schoolers?" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T14:14:06-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young children read books and watch videos about doctors, builders, chefs, mechanics, pilots, and businesspeople. But not urban planners. Why? [...] why is urban planning so under-celebrated, and why doesn&rsquo;t it emerge as a field of study prior to the college level?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pete Sullivan, a planner in Chapel Hill, NC, shares his experience explaining his job to his son's preschool class. Initially worried about communicating a profession as abstract and complex as planning to an audience of squirming five year-olds, Sullivan finds a simple engagement strategy &ndash; kids like stuff that moves, and Legos.</p><p>More on early education efforts for our future planners and architects:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Too Young; 15 Librarian-Recommended Architecture Books for Young Children</a></li><li><a title="Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries launch Build Your Own Pavilion for (really) young architects</a></li><li><a title="Primary school kids could design Australia's next national park via Minecraft" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Primary school kids could design Australia's next national park via Minecraft</a></li><li><a title='"Designing Our World" summercamp: Middle-schoolers get lessons in architecture, urban design' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Designing Our World" summercamp: Middle-schoolers get lessons in architecture, urban design</a></li><li><a title="Architecture as Child's Play" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture as Child's Play</a></li></ul> Mindscraper: high-rise educational facility renderings in Sydney unveiled by Grimshaw & BVN Julia Ingalls 2016-02-03T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T13:46:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Parramatta, a suburb of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sydney</a>, Australia, will be the recipient of New South Wales' first high-rise educational facility, courtesy the firms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BVN</a>. Based on the "Schools-within-Schools" pedagogical model, where learning is "delivered in stages rather than via age groups," the school will educate up to 3,000 students (2,000 at the high school level, 1,000 at the primary level) in its 14 storeys, as well as the adjacent four storey curving primary school. A kit of parts furniture methodology and a flexible approach to spatial layouts will enable a far more fluid and customized learning experience for the students.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In a press release, Grimshaw partner Andrew Cortese stated that &ldquo;The school buildings act as the social infrastructure for the transformation of individuals and their communities through learning, inclusivity and outreach, with wellbeing&nbsp;and playfulness arising out of the integration of the physical and the environmental."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> A Look into IE School of Architecture & Design, Excellence in Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Sponsor 2015-12-19T04:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-21T12:17:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=display&amp;utm_campaign=school_arquitecture_sponsored_content_19122015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IE School of Architecture &amp; Design</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><a href=";utm_medium=display&amp;utm_campaign=school_arquitecture_sponsored_content_19122015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IE School of Architecture and Design</a> surpasses the boundaries of conventional programs by combining design, innovation and management. Their Master Programs allow their students to acquire the skills needed in the world of architecture in order to develop successful careers. Moreover, all this is combined with direct and continuous contact with leading international professionals in architecture and design that confer to each of their programs the added value of learning from the experience of leaders in their fields.</p><p>Diversity among our students and faculty, who come to us from all over the world, creates a rich blend of cultures and a broad learning experience. Three locations give IE unique possibilities: the Madrid campus, a metropolitan setting for post-graduate discussion, the campus in historic Segovia, the venue for the bachelor's degree program, and finally, the virtual campus, a planet-wide space for online ...</p>