Where is the architecture profession headed and how should education respond?
Quote: "These are incredibly crucial times for an exploration into the nature of professional practice in architecture. Dramatic changes in the way practice is conducted in the last decade alone require students and practioners alike to develop a survival strategy. Some of these recent changes include unstable and recessionary economic trends, innovations in design and information technology, globalization of architecture, a variety of project-delivery modes, diminished responsibility and authority of architects in the construction industry, and the rise of specialization.
"Critical thinking and inquiry may well begin with a rediscovery of what it really means to be a professional architect-- a concept easily eroded in the struggle to survive. This concept of "professional attitude" is an essential guide for formulating behavior in addressing the challenges architects now face in myriad practice situations."
- c. 2006, by author Andrew Pressman, FAIA, from his book "Professional Practice 101- Business Strategies and Case Studies in Architecture," Foreword by Thomas Fisher, John Wiley & Sons
At last week's 2012 American Institute of Architects National Convention in Washington, D.C. one primary topic emerged: how do we bridge the gap between architectural education and practice? In fact, the AIA is embarking on two prominent campaigns: 1) Repositioning Architects and 2) Creating a White Paper to guide the curriculum of architecture schools in a more appropriate direction. And they are asking all AIA members to offer our input. Here's how, as outlined below.
"What is difficult about this moment in the history of the profession is that the field is moving in so many different directions at once. Changes are occurring in the structure of architectural firms and the scope of their services, in the goals of architectural graduates and the careers they are pursuing, and in the nature of architectural education and the responsibilities of the schools."
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