Lineages and Trajectories: the case of Architecture Pedagogy
University of Virginia School of Architecture
March 28th 2015
9 AM-6 PM
Garden Room, Hotel E, Academical Village
Inundated by the ever-expanding charge and challenge of responding to the plethora of environmental and socio-economic forces that shape our contemporary reality, Architecture finds itself at once equipped to respond to these challenges, and simultaneously sidestepped by procedures and mechanisms that for long have limited its capacity to operate as a major player in reshaping the built environment. New tools and technologies provide schools and practice alike with a continuous stream of challenges and possibilities. Overwhelmed by the mandates of an ever complex context, the discipline seems to be stalled in a temporary, yet extended moment of amnesia, forgetful of much that has happened in its recent past, leaving considerable gaps in its pedagogy. Thirty years after Jaque Robertson invited “a bunch of white guys (and three Japanese)” (Sorkin, 86) to the Rotunda to make the Charlottesville Tapes, the vanguard of the discipline is as diverse, as its scope is wide, and its methodologies are varied, rendering the role of architecture schools as the grounds for inspiring and training the next generation of visionaries more complicated than ever.
This symposium will consider the complex conditions of a pedagogy arising from the confluence of a Modernist lineage with contemporary methods and processes, and charged with responding to the mandates of an ever complex context. We hope to recognize gaps in architecture pedagogy – to reveal what has sustained during this period, what has been lost, and how it can be brought back.
Dean Beth Meyer – UVa
Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh – UVa
Session 1: Situating Architecture Pedagogy
This session will provide a historical backdrop against which the present and future of architecture pedagogy could be discussed, and will situate the UVa School of Architecture within an expanded domain of design pedagogy.
Mary McLeod – Columbia GSAPP
Dorothée Imbert – Knowlton School, OSU
Iñaki Alday – UVa
Teresa Gali-Izard – UVa
Moderated by Robin Dripps
Session 2: Topics in Architecture Pedagogy
At a time when the fundamentals of design education are being questioned, and studios are used as laboratories for everything ranging from design-build and fabrication practices, to community service, material research, and multi-disciplinary incubators, this panel will forefront various disciplinary topics as they relate to architecture pedagogy. The panel will examine manifestations of a number of topics, ranging from environmental, ecological, and social agendas, to history and theory, and computation in contemporary architecture pedagogy.
Michael Hays – Harvard GSD
Winka Dubbeldam – Penn Design
Bill Richards – American Institute of Architects
Kiel Moe – Harvard GSD
Moderated by Nana Last
Session 3: Pedagogical Trends and Agendas
The past decade has witnessed a decided shift in the discipline and its pedagogy, relative to its scope, methods, and aspirations. While some schools have become specialists in topics such as sustainability, computation, digital fabrication, community involvement, etc. others remain generalists. This panel will review the symposium topics, and suggest new visions and agendas for future pedagogical strategies.
Wiel Arets – IIT
Sylvia Lavin – UCLA
Julian Raxworthy – University of Cape Town
Beth Meyer – UVa
Moderated by Karen Van Lengen
This event will celebrate the release of the School of Architecture’s second annual publication Catalyst: Lineages & Trajectories (ACTAR, 2015)
This Symposium is organized by Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh and Paper Matters and generously supported by the Office of the Dean and Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information visit http://www.arch.virginia.edu/events/lineages-and-trajectories-case-architecture-pedagogy or contact: Cynthia Smith, Communications and Outreach Coordinator email@example.com