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How do we better prepare graduates for new/future challenges?

  • 1.  How do we better prepare graduates for new/future challenges?

    Posted 11-24-2019 22:44
    Edited by Steven Wilson 11-25-2019 09:53
    As we start to think about the next RUDC symposium (coming up in February!), I keep thinking about our last symposium where we discussed some of the current gaps in education, and would like to continue the discussion:

    How can we better prepare our architecture and urban design graduates for the challenges facing cities today and tomorrow?

    Whether you're an architect, an educator, or simply interested in the future of cities, I'm curious to hear your thoughts.


    Steven Wilson AIA
    Cities + Urban Design Practice Area Leader, North Central Region
    Gensler - Chicago
    Chicago IL

  • 2.  RE: How do we better prepare graduates for new/future challenges?

    Posted 12-03-2019 11:42
    Thanks for posting this question!  I'd say a few things:

    - Make sure graduates are working across multiple disciplines (slightly endemic to the profession).  Urban Designers need to understand a range of issues and a range of vocabularies
    - Understand relationship between UD and climate issues
    - Understand relationship between UD and equity issues
    - Understand how emerging tech (new mobility, autonomous vehicles, e-commence) are going to be impacting cities

    Looking forward to the symposium!


    Nicolas Larco AIA
    Assistant Professor
    University of Oregon
    Portland OR

  • 3.  RE: How do we better prepare graduates for new/future challenges?

    Posted 12-04-2019 19:15

    I would say that there are three big questions facing Architects working at scale and Urban Designers going forward:
    What is our relationship to Water?
    Water as a precious resource to be managed and protected, and as a threat to be mitigated and adapted for.
    What is the role of the Street?
    There is increasing competition for this limited space and while autonomous vehicles may solve part of this problem, how can we deal with the proliferation of varying modes and speeds of mobility?
    What is the future of Public Space?
    Related to the above; but more critically as we become more selective about how and when we engage in face to face or communal settings, how is the public space of the city animated and kept alive?
    Architects and Urban designers also need to have a deeper understanding of the potential for cities to function as more integrated and complete ecological entities.

    Edgar Adams
    Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies
    Roger Williams University
    Bristol, RI

    Edgar Adams AIA
    Roger Williams University
    Barrington RI