When the statistics showed architecture as the field of study where recent graduates had the highest unemployment rate, some suggested that future students ought to pursue different educational backgrounds. Courtney Lukitsch has shared her response to such a claim by defending the merits of an architecture education. ArchDaily reaches a wide range of readers – from established professions to students just entering the field – and we’d like to hear your thoughts on the value of pursuing an architecture education.
“Recently published reports about education degrees ‘not to pursue’ in architecture, design and art, made the rounds in the national press and A&D industry, raising eyebrows and demanding closer scrutiny. Needless to say, this news spread like wildfire on social platforms such as Facebook and twitter, oddly to scant commentary among top-tier critics, academics and educators, architects and designers, a decidedly vocal and opinionated group of incredibly well educated professionals.”
Read the rest of Lukitsch’s article after the break.
Architects: Yoritaka Hayashi Architects
Location: Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
Collaborators: Akira Suzuki / ASA (Structural Engineer) , Takasou Takahashi / SESSE-Design (Façade Consultant)
Site Area: 40.01 sqm
Building Area: 32.17 sqm
Total Floor Area: 99.80 sqm
Project Year: December of 2010
Structure: Steel frame
Photographs: Takumi Ota
I Have Seen the Future will be the fourth event that the creative Roman group, CityVision, will present at the MACRO museum of via Nizza in Rome next February 17th at 6:30pm. After the great success of Rome CityVision Experience,…
Architects: Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos
Location: Ocean Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Design Team: Jose R. Coleman-Davis Pagán, Ariel Santiago Bermudez, Pedro J. Santa Rivera, Víctor Nieto Villalón, Yadira Adorno Pomales, Francisco Rivera Rodríguez, Edgardo D. Ocasio Roig, Yanitza Maldonado González
Interior Designer: BASICO (Jean Pierre Santoni)
Photographs: José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
Co-sponsored by the AIA NY Marketing and PR Committee and the Oculus Committee, the Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today discussion will take place Monday, February 27, 6 pm – 8 pm at the Center for Architecture…
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will present the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) sixth International Think Tank on February 24, 2012, at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
Leading educators, architects, engineers, fabricators, contractors,…
Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos in collaboration with Giraudi-Wettstein
Location: Basel train station, Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Completion date: 2003
Collaborators: J. C. Mulero, M. Velasco, L. Gutiérrez. Cruz y Ortiz arquitectos M. Delmenico, T. Radczuweit, P. Vitali. Giraudi-Wettstein, Itten + Brechbühl AG., Technical Surveyors, Passera & Pedretti, Structural Consultant, Rinaldo Passera, Erich Borer, Tadeusz Tzsesiac, Suiselectra Ingenierunternehmungn AG, Services Consultant
Built area: Footbridge: 9.000 sqm
Parking: 14.700 sqm
Client: Passarelle Bahnhof Basel SBB
Photographs: Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
The new Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport was just approved by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. Within master plan, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the terminal is conceived as a gateway to the city. The design creates large, unimpeded internal zones that will enhance the passenger experience, and can accommodate long‐term adaptability to industry demands. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: 2020 Liverpool
Location: Broad Lane, Kirkby, Liverpool, Merseyside L32 6QH, England
Client: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Structural Engineer: 2020 Liverpool
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: 2020 Liverpool
Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Completion Date: 2011
Site Area: 47,041 sqm
Photographs: Infinite 3D
Many of you may have probably noticed Scott Timberg’s article “The Architecture Meltdown” (Salon, February 4, 2012) circling the internet. The gloomy article discusses the unknowing future and possible demise of the architectural profession – the “glamour profession of the creative class”. Timberg describes struggling professionals that are either unemployed or working full-time at intern wages within a profession that is largely focused on the 1 percent.
There is no doubt that many architects and recent graduates are struggling. Architecture succeeded with the economy and crashed with it as well. With statistics revealing the highest unemployment rates among those with bachelor’s degrees in architecture and articles flooding the internet with titles “Want a Job? Go to College, and Don’t Major in Architecture” (New York Times, January 5th, 2012), there is not doubt that people are scared and unsure of where the profession is heading. Meanwhile, the (AIA) is cheering for a “2.1 percent rise in spending this year for non-residential construction projects”, a bit of optimism many are grasping onto for hope. However, we are headed somewhere. As Timberg states, “People will always need houses, cities and nations will always need schools and libraries and civic buildings, and trendy restaurants will need redesigns. Architecture will never die completely.”
Please continue reading to see Thomas Fisher’s response to Scott Timberg.