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?
Tag: Schools of Architecture
So I know that I have written before about the transition to online teaching that occurred last spring, but I am going to revisit. I recently wrote an article for Texas Architect Magazine (Sept/Oct issue) that was completed prior to the start of the school year. Now that the fall semester is underway, it is time for me to talk about the current system in place at my University.
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“Form follows Function.” A phrase coined by the late Louis Sullivan in 1896 in his article titled The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered. In reality, the phrase was “Form ever follows function”, and was based on Roman ideas of Vitruvius of architecture being solid, useful, and beautiful. There have been several other writings that followed in history on this subject based on this idea as well. “Ornament and Crime” comes to mind quickly. This modern idea developed in the late 19th and early 20th century in architecture and still has what I would call a stronghold in the profession and discipline. This statement essentially became the mantra of Modernism.
As I am preparing my syllabus and other items for the quickly approaching fall semester, I have begun to have discussions and questions about the student “tool kit” if you want to call it that. What do you need to have for architecture school today versus just a decade ago and even further back? How much have these things changed? Should they?
As the spring semester of architecture school has ended during this COIVD-19 situation, I wanted to share some of my students’ work. The situation was stressful for my students as much as to professionals, and maybe even a bit more. But in the end, the majority of them rose to the occasion and produced creative work.