Pedagogy and Practice is a course designed to examine the dialectic between academia and the
Despite advances in technology, evolving student demographics and shifting cultural values, architectural education has remained fundamentally unchanged for more than a century. This has resulted in pedagogical practices that are reactionary rather than proactive in dealing with the issues relevant to today’s students and future practitioners. The course will trace the arc of architectural education from an apprentice-based tradition to its present day status as an academic discipline and professional field of study.
The course presents the parallels, intersections, overlaps and contradictions inherent to contemporary architectural practice. From Palladio to parametricism, the complex lineage of practice beginning with the master builder, to service provider, to facilitator, to cultural provocateur defines the territory for investigation.
The semester begins with a historical analysis of prominent institutions and covers a broad range of topics including curricula, declining job markets, rankings, institutional biases and the role of architecture as an academic discipline within the context of the university.
The seminar serves as a platform to critique current teaching models and creates an awareness of the complexities facing architectural educators and administrators. In addition, the course investigates emergent teaching methodologies and perceptions that define architectural education today.
Finally, the course will expose students to new modalities of practice that are redefining the boundaries of the discipline. Collectives, activists, writers, and emerging practices are juxtaposed against traditional.
The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students of all disciplines.