I am not certain that virtual conventions are really worthwhile. That may be a controversial statement, but I think I can stand by it even in a post-pandemic world. Today marks the start of the AIA 2021 Virtual Convention series. While I am all signed up to attend all 4 days spread out over the summer I will not truly count it as a convention. I mean how can you really?
Is the education of architecture school about the big ideas or the technical details? This is a question that has been on my mind quite a bit lately. So what should be the focus of the collegiate architecture school system?
I was having a conversation with some academic colleagues the other day and we got on the subject of knowledge versus tools. The basic idea of this chat was about what students should be learning during their architectural education. Which of these two ideas is more important or should take emphasis in the education of students?
Architects may almost be as well known for their spectacles as their fashion sense. . I think that more than the average bespectacled person, architects view eyewear as a personal statement of personality, taste, and creativity. I have always been a firm believer that an eyewear booth would be awesome at an architectural convention.
How do the education path, career path, and workforce of the profession of architecture compare to other professions? What can we learn from data evaluation? Let’s look at the Architecture Profession in Numbers.
One of my new tasks this semester in my academic position is to be a member of the departmental committee for lectures and exhibitions. This committee is tasked with creating the annual lecture and exhibitions program for the Department of Architecture. This has turned out to be quite the conundrum for yours truly. While I do not have any issue with being on the committee or being an active member, I find myself questioning the premise as a whole. Are lectures or special series of presentations relevant anymore? Or are they more relevant during the Covid crisis than ever before? I honestly can see it either way, but I think I might lend more to the latter.
As we discussed the stereotypes earlier this week on the podcast, I was inspired to create this post. Added to that is just two days ago some of the discussion in our upcoming episode (062) and then I was fully settled into this one. Do all architects work long hours? While I am not a proponent of that as a standard policy, I feel the need to maybe backtrack on my stance from the episode. But not exactly. I work a lot of hours in a single week. But I think that is because I have essentially 2.5 to 3 jobs… let me explain.