Yesterday, we shared the appointment of Wiel Arets as the new dean of the IIT College of Architecture. And, to continue with news in the academic realm, the UNStudio pair of Caroline Bos and Ben van Berkel have been awarded Honorary Professorships at two leading international universities, the University of Melbourne and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, respectively.
With her five year Honorary Professor degree for the University of Melbourne, Caroline Bos will contribute to the teaching and research at the school through lectures, master classes and student critiques. To commence her Professorship, Bos recently lectured on More not Less – Value Engineering for Architecture as part of the MSD Dean’s Lecture Series in which she proposed that architecture and urban design should cease creating such distinctions and instead consider the added value of subsidiary spaces during pivotal design stages. Ben van Berkel was granted an extended Professorship for the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor Chair at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, after receiving the award in 2011. In his upcoming studio, Unfinished Work, students will investigate the relationship between architecture and emerging modes of production. The studio will examine new methods of production which are reshaping the work environment, and will analyze how these models alter the ways in which people work, communicate and problem solve. The research and student work will culminate in a book about how architecture can facilitate and respond to emerging ideas about work in this inventive economy. Congratulations to both, and if you are able to enroll in their studios, we would be happy to hear how your semester progresses.