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Educating Architects

How Tomorrow's Practitioners Will Learn Today

Neil Spiller

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An anthology of essays by the world’s leading educators on how aspiring architects should be taught and trained

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Many students come to architecture relatively late in their education, so it is in college where they come into contact with those who will influence their entire careers. Many top schools are run by leading global practitioners, who, some might argue, have more lasting influence as educators than as architects.

The wide range of pedagogical philosophies and practical lessons, set out here in specially commissioned essays, creates a fascinating picture of how our ideas and practices of architecture are formed, nurtured and ultimately built for the world to see.

Through both the professional and educational experience of the contributors, we discover many unexpected and unorthodox methods for teaching those who will build our world.

The book includes:

• Thirty-eight texts by the most influential architects and educators from the world’s top schools

• Intimate and practical insights into how and what young architects need to know and learn to build a better world

• A look into the future of our built world through the perspectives, priorities and principles of those teaching the next generation of architects

• Over 300 illustrations and contributions by some of the top names in architectural practice and education, the book is full of design ideas

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.0 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Publication date: 20 October 2014

ISBN: 9780500343005

Contents List

INTRODUCTION Paradoxical simultaneities: architectural education at the edge of the 21st century Neil Spiller, University of Greenwich Timing’s everything . . . or is it? Sir Peter Cook, CRAB Studio 250 things an architect should know Michael Sorkin, City College of New York Alvin’s AA: a panorama Peter L. Wilson, Bolles + Wilson Architectural anti-realism: the AA school in 2013 Brett Steele, Architectural Association A prime meridian Nic Clear, University of Greenwich Diagramming an architecture and landscape department Mike Aling and Mark Garcia, University of Greenwich BUILDING ARCHITECTURE LEARNING Library and School of Architecture, Design and Construction, University of Greenwich Heneghan Peng Architects The architectural mixing desk of the surrealist city Neil Spiller, University of Greenwich Defining your own horizons Neil Spiller, University of Greenwich Convergence: architecture as integrated spatial design Nic Clear, University of Greenwich Design animated Nic Clear, University of Greenwich A user’s guide to the anthropocene: a short passage through a brief moment in time Simon Herron, University of Greenwich The salon of lost content (the refuge of misfits) Simon Herron and Susanne Isa, University of Greenwich Working the realities of landscape Ed Wall, University of Greenwich The digital generation Bob Sheil, University College London The imaginarium of urban futures C. J. Lim, University College London Audacious encounters Nigel Coates School of thought Mark Morris, Cornell University BUILDING ARCHITECTURE LEARNING Milstein Hall, Cornell University OMA BLENDscapes: a new era of transdisciplinary exchange in architecture Evan Douglis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Instigations: reimagining better futures Mohsen Mostafavi, Harvard Graduate School of Design McCormick Tribune Campus Centre, Illinois Institute of Technology OMA Just about enough Perry Kulper, University of Michigan Some thoughts on pedagogy Nanako Umemoto and Jesse Reiser, RUR Architecture The education of breathing Mark Wigley, Columbia University The art and science of design at the Cooper Union Anthony Vidler, Cooper Union Wot got left out Ben Nicholson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago An experimental history, a history of the experiment: 1964–2013 Neil Denari, UCLA Robotics in architecture Greg Lynn, UCLA What is SCI-Arc? Eric Owen Moss, SCI-Arc Pretentious and incoherent thoughts on architecture – right now Hernan Diaz Alonso, SCI-Arc Building the Berlage: notes on a continuing educational project Salomon Frausto, The Berlage Three-year relationships Klaus Bollinger and Reiner Zettl, University of Applied Arts Vienna The question of questioning Hani Rashid, University of Applied Arts Vienna Hadid masterclass: a laboratory of design innovation Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, University of Applied Arts Vienna Kings, Queens and Broadways: two projects for a new University of Applied Arts Vienna Wolfgang Tschapeller Towards new aesthetics and new culture Kongjian Yu, Peking University Yesterday, today and tomorrow: implications of architectural education at Tsinghua Li Xiaodong, Tsinghua University Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art and Design Will Alsop, ALL Design Making a difference: embedding academic research in practice Mark Burry, RMIT University Biographies Notes Directory Index Picture credits

About the Author

Neil Spiller is Hawksmoor Chair of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich, London. He is the author of Visionary Architecture and Digital Architecture Now, both published by Thames & Hudson. His architectural design work and research has been widely published and exhibited worldwide.

Nic Clear is Head of Architecture and Landscape at the School of Architecture, Design & Construction.

List of Contributors

Nic Clear, Sir Peter Cook, Michaell Sorkin, Peter L. Wilson, Brett Steele, Mike Aling, Mark Garcia, Roísin Heneghan, Shih-Fu Peng