For Example Delft: A case study discussed in the context of institutional profile(s) and the future of architectural education’ on September 1rst, 2016
on September 2nd, 2016
Note from the president & Report of the Restructuring of the Organization
Reports of the EAAE – Academy on Education and the EAAE Academy on Research
Report of Current EAAE Projects
The conference ‘For Example Delft’ addresses approaches in architecture education, their past, present & future in relation to professional practice and the architectural discipline. Using the example of Delft, the conference starts from the observation that the broad field of architecture and the built environment carries a re-assembled character that has lost its Modern, structured and disciplinary way. Moreover the conference addresses the issue what architecture research currently means and upon which policies Delft as an institution has set eyes, for example with regard to its ambitions, organization and profile.
When overlooking the current status quo, there is not one dominant way of teaching. Instead, we discover multiple kinds of preparations to practice, and various claims from society to be involved in education. Working with computers and robots also opens up networks and possibilities, which have not been there before.
The 2016 conference will explore future pedagogies in changing societies from four propositional questions: What to teach in the context of changing architecture practice? What to learn from the Humanisation of Design? How to be prepared for Multi-Actor Approaches? How to be qualified in an age of Animated and Automated Creation? These questions will be discussed in relation to the fundamental nature of education on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels in the sphere of architectural, urban and environmental design, engineering and planning.
The conference aims at a mutual dialogue and discussion via key-note speakers that highlight very specific institutional approaches ranging from highly specialised to broad and multidisciplinary. We invited speakers from outside Europe and the Netherlands to reflect on contemporary architectural education with a more distant view. One afternoon will be spent to discuss these profiles presented during key-note lectures with renown representatives from the Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and the audience to finally draw conclusions vis-à-vis future profiles and curricula of European architecture schools.
To complete this state of art overview, we invite all EAAE schools to present their approach to architectural education and institutional profile with a poster! This, of course, will also open up opportunity for mutual discussion and inspiration.
Societal change effects architectural education and vice versa. As highlighted in several former EAAE conferences before, at present, schools around Europe are updating and innovating their program to prepare the next generation students for future professional practice. Basically, each school explores a different path. Hence, ‘what to teach’, often relates to the specific institutional profile and its contextual setting. This European diversification and richness is exactly what this conference is focusing on. At the moment, in quick scan, we detect at least seven drivers of change in architectural education and various institutional aspects:
It has also become obvious, that without the teaching to Erasmus and International Masters the curriculum could not be maintained in its full width. Relating global development to local issues and professional training is, therefore, one of the main goals of the current curriculum and future professional practice. Regarding the Dutch identity and local issues, specialized courses are worth considering.
However, with regard to the integrative role of architectural and urban design as a problem-solving discipline, still a lot of work has to be done. As we all know, architecture and urbanism as a broad disciplinary field between humanities, art and technology encounters many difficulties in gaining for example for European funds. Thus, developing and advocating research-by-design on all levels, from studio teaching to PhD training, deserves increasing attention also regarding its theoretical underpinning and practical experience.
On the other hand, in the case of Delft, clasping apparently irreconcilable opposites has brought forward an energised system of education, which profits from this dynamic.
During the EAAE Conference in Milano last year a major statement of the president’s introductory speech was, that the process of reorganizing and resituating schools of architecture in Europe:
We hope that de 19th EAAE annual assembly and conference 2016 will offer plenty of space and time to discuss in depth above-mentioned issues with a great audience from Europe and the world during the conference meetings and informal encounters and to help us to head for an enlightened and bright future of architectural education in complex times.
Susanne Komossa, Maurice Harteveld, Roberto Cavallo, May 2016
Karl Otto Ellefsen
Adalberto Del BO
Koenrad van Cleempoel
Diane Ghirardo, chair of the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is also a former President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA, 1993 – 1996) and from that position she can relate to European Architectural education. As a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (1988), translator/editor of several books on Aldo Rossi, and author of an extensive oeuvre on among others on European Renaissance, she has a strong European base for her teachings in the US. As such she reflects on the transmission/dissemination of culture, architecture and education.
Diane Yvonne Ghirardo received her master and doctorate degrees in History and Humanities from Stanford University in 1983. She has taught and lectured widely in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. She has been visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Australia; the University of Cape Town, South Africa; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rice University, Houston, Texas; and Politecnico of Turin, Italy. She is also an ACSA Distinguished Professor (1998), a Guggenheim Fellow (2002), National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow (2001), and Fulbright Scholar (1976, 2001).
Thomas Bock, chair Baurealisierung und Baurobotik at Technische Universität München. Research activities of Thomas Bock (1957) focus on the automation and robotisation in building industry, from planning through construction production, phases of use to the conversion and dismantling. He is both director of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction in Eindhoven, and more societal-oriented the Asian Habitat Society in Beijing. I do not know him, Peter does.
Thomas Bock (16 February 1957) studied architecture at Stuttgart and Chicago, doctorate at Tokyo. He is also director of the International Institute of Information Construction in Tokyo, and as a consultant, in the Ministère de l'Emploi, de la Cohesion Sociale et du Logement active in France. He is also a member of the Academy of Architecture and Building Sciences, the Petrovischen Academy of Sciences and the Academy of computer science in Belarus. In addition, Thomas Bock is on the editorial board of "Robotica", "Automation in Construction", the "International Journal of Construction Management" and the magazine "ACADEMIE".
Maria Rubert de Ventós, represents a school from the Iberian Peninsula. Most interesting for the debate is her position as both a principal scientist of the Urbanism Laboratory of Barcelona (LUB), and associate professor of urban planning and design at ETSAB. She has also been professor of an International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design in Italy. Her work focuses on reading the city, understanding metropolitan landscapes, analyzing public space, improving urban transportation, designing infrastructure. In her field, she confronts ideologies with reality. She lectured at New York University (NYU), and a few schools in Latin America and Europe, like Winterthur, Kassel, Ferrara, Palermo, Venice, Paris, Versailles.
Peter Russel is currently Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology and Professor of Computer Supported Planning in Architecture (CAAD) at the RWTH Aachen University. He also serves as Rector's Emissary for Alumni Affairs at the RWTH where he has been Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and chaired the Dean's Council. He is a partner in architectural practice IP Arch GmbH and serves as vice-chairman of the German Architecture Dean's Council (DARL). From 2012 to 2013 he served on the Council of the Association for European Education in Architecture (AEEA/EAAE). He is also a founding member of the newly formed European architectural research network ARENA. Russell holds a bachelor in Environmental Design Studies from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, where he also obtained a master’s degree in Architecture. His research encompasses Building Information Modelling, Intelligent Buildings and Ambient Assisted Living.
Laura Lee, FAIA, Hon FRAIA, is a registered architect and Professor of Architecture most notably at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she served as Head of the School from 2004-2008. Laura has also taught at the Higher Institute of Architecture Henry van de Velde in Antwerp, Belgium; the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2009-2010, she was the Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota. Laura is an international voice for integrated design education, practice and research. Her work focuses on the development and implementation of integrated design strategies and collaborative programs between the academy, government, industry and the profession. She has lectured globally on issues concerning the relationship between design education, policy, practice and research. For many years, Laura has served on award juries and has been an accreditation chair, advisor and an international consultant for numerous academic institutions and professional organisations.
Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation) has been working as an architect. Since 2004 she is associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Copenhagen, Denmark and the Institute for Design Research of the Danish Culture Ministry. She received her PhD from the Royal Academy in 2001. Her field is architectural design, architecture theory and history. She has been a visiting critic at Cornell University, Technische Hochschule Berlin and Lund University and visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York. Her research field is extensive addressing the changing role of the architect, architecture as an ‘artistic’ craft, perception of buildings and specifically, health architecture. According to her ‘Architecture is inseparable from planning, and the huge challenge for the current generation is the growth and shrinkage of cities. Some cities, mainly in the Southern Hemisphere, are growing at exponential rates, while former global hubs in the northern are turning into country-sides. In the south, populations are still growing a lot, while populations are dwindling in Europe, Russia and North East Asia. The dream of the Bilbao effect was based on the hope that there might be a quick fix to both of these problems. Well, there is not. A decade ago, few people even recognized this was a real issue and even today it is hardly ever mentioned in a political context. As a politician, you cannot say out loud that you have given up on a huge part of the electorate, or that it makes sense for the national economy to favor another part. Reclaiming the agricultural part of a nation is a political suicide issue whether you are in Europe or Latin America. And investing in urban development in a few, hand-picked areas while other areas are desolate is equally despised.’ (Grasp, May 2013).
Peter Staub (Institute of Architecture and Planning of the University of Liechtenstein) Dipl. AA MSc LSE, is professor and chair Design and Theory at the Institute of Architecture and Planning of the University of Liechtenstein where he will be head of school starting from September 1th, 2016. He has completed his architectural studies at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland, and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. In addition, he completed a Master City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Next to his activities in research and teaching, Peter Staub curated in October 2014 with the international students of the University of Liechtenstein the first appearance of Liechtenstein at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.