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First-Year Architecture Students Design READER Shelter in Estonia

08:00 - 19 September, 2015
First-Year Architecture Students Design READER Shelter in Estonia, © Paco Ulman
© Paco Ulman

First-year architecture and urban planning students at the Estonian Academy of Arts have designed and created READER, a shelter based on the concept of removal from daily life, and focusing on oneself. Passers-by are invited to enter the shelter and “escape from the real world of problems into the fictional world of books.” And for those who don’t have a book on hand, the structure is meant to evoke the pages of a book through its ribbed wooden structure.

© Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman © Paco Ulman + 8

NCARB Names 13 US Architecture Schools for Integrated Licensure Initiative

15:34 - 31 August, 2015
NCARB Names 13 US Architecture Schools for Integrated Licensure Initiative , © Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has named the first 13 accredited architectural schools to implement the "Integrated Path Initiative." Each selected school has proposed a pre-graduation curriculum that would provide students with the necessary mix of education, work experience, and opportunities to complete the Architect Registration Examinations (ARE) to achieve licensure before graduation. The initiative was spearheaded by NCARB to shorten the time it takes for US architects to get licensed.

The 13 accepted schools represent "a wide range B.Arch and M.Arch programs in nine jurisdictions, including both public and private institutions," says NCARB. These schools are:

12 Architecture Schools to Offer "Integrated Path" to Licensure Before Graduation

15:35 - 11 August, 2015
12 Architecture Schools to Offer "Integrated Path" to Licensure Before Graduation, © Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

In an ongoing effort to ease the path to licensure, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has accepted proposals from 12 accredited US architecture schools to implement an "Integrated Path" to licensure. The initiative would give students the opportunity to complete the Intern Development Program (IDP) requirements and take the Architect Registration Exams (ARE) prior to graduation. Students would not be required to pass all ARE divisions in order to graduate.

“The programs in this inaugural class exhibited a high degree of creativity, and are focused on strengthening the relationship between schools, the practice community, and licensing boards,” said Licensure Task Force (LTF) Chair Ron Blitch, a Louisiana architect who is a former NCARB President and current member of the NAAB Board of Directors and the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners.

Norman Foster’s Advice for the Young: “Find Something You Believe In”

17:10 - 6 May, 2015

Unless architecture is truly your passion, Norman Foster thinks you should simply find something else to pursue. In the Louisiana Channel's latest, the prolific English architect advises the young to live "every living second of your life" doing what you love.

In Conversation With Will Hunter, Director Of The New London School Of Architecture

04:15 - 16 April, 2015
In Conversation With Will Hunter, Director Of The New London School Of Architecture, Will Hunter, founder and director of the LSA. Image © Simon Harris
Will Hunter, founder and director of the LSA. Image © Simon Harris

The great schools of architecture have been around since time immemorial, or at least that's how it can often feel. In London, a city particularly dense with institutions of this calibre, this is perhaps felt more acutely. How, then, do you develop an entirely new school in this tightly packed environment which has the potency and capacity to compete? Will Hunter, former executive editor of the London-based Architectural Review, began a process to do just this with an article in 2012. Following this, he set up the ARFA—Alternative Routes For Architecture—in order to explore different models for architectural education, calling upon professionals and academics to contribute to a series of informal discussions.

“When the tuition fees in the UK escalated to around £9000 per year in 2013, it got me thinking about different models for architectural education,” Hunter recalls. The casual meetings held around this time gradually become more serious until, “at a certain point, we decided to test them: to make a school.” The project gathered momentum from that point on and now, two years later, the London School of Architecture (LSA) are preparing to take in their first ‘trailblazing cohort’ of postgraduate students.

"Sculpting the Architectural Mind" at Pratt Institute

00:00 - 13 February, 2015
"Sculpting the Architectural Mind" at Pratt Institute, Courtesy of Pratt Institute
Courtesy of Pratt Institute

On March 6 and 7, New York's Pratt Institute will host "Sculpting the Architectural Mind," a conference exploring the connection between "Neuroscience and the Education of an Architect."

UK Report Says Universities are Failing to Prepare Architecture Students for Practice

00:00 - 4 February, 2015
UK Report Says Universities are Failing to Prepare Architecture Students for Practice, Cambridge University was ranked the UK's #1 architecture school in 2014. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh
Cambridge University was ranked the UK's #1 architecture school in 2014. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh

UK universities are failing to properly equip graduates with the necessary skills required for practicing architecture, according to RIBA’s 2014 Skills Survey. Of the 149 employers and 580 architectural students or recent graduates who responded to the wide-spread survey, a large majority criticized architectural education for prioritizing “theoretical knowledge ahead of practical ability” and agreed that most graduates are ill-prepared for work after studying at the university.

“I can think of no other profession where new graduates must wait a decade or more to be given significant responsibility because they have not acquired basic skills in university,” says Yarema Ronish, RIBA client adviser and director at Richard Morton Architects.

The Berlage’s Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design: Architectural Education in the Age of Global Practice

00:00 - 12 January, 2015
The Berlage’s Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design: Architectural Education in the Age of Global Practice, Courtesy of The Berlage
Courtesy of The Berlage

In the second decade of the twenty-first century, the built environment continues to be redefined on an unprecedented scale by global shifts of culture, economy, and geopolitical structures. Cities and countrysides are transforming differently from country to country; national and local governments continue to define specific legal frameworks impacting building practice; and value systems and social norms remain strongly bound to culture. At the same time, different regions around the world deal with similar changes, from urban sprawl and rapid urbanization to the consequences of an aging population and the lifestyle challenges of the middle class.

AA DLAB 2014: The Natural and Digital Worlds Combine With Root-Like "CALLIPOD" Pavilion

00:00 - 29 December, 2014
AA DLAB 2014: The Natural and Digital Worlds Combine With Root-Like "CALLIPOD" Pavilion, © Alexandros Kallegias
© Alexandros Kallegias

Created for AA DLAB 2014 - the annual summer workshop undertaken by the Architectural Association at their Hooke Park facility - the 4.4 metre wide "CALLIPOD" pavilion blends perfectly into the wooded surroundings, appearing as though the roots of nearby trees have sprung from the ground to create a dome in the depths of the Dorset woodland. However, despite its natural outward appearance, the process of creating CALLIPOD was highly technical, combining a detailed algorithmic exploration of form and structure with both digital and traditional methods of fabrication.

© Elif Erdine © Max Winter © Elif Erdine © Elif Erdine + 16

US Architecture Schools Express Interest in Conferring Licensure to Graduates

00:00 - 23 December, 2014
US Architecture Schools Express Interest in Conferring Licensure to Graduates, © Wikimedia Commons user Kit
© Wikimedia Commons user Kit

Becoming licensed is no easy feat for the recently graduated architecture student. The combination of required internship hours and exam scores proves a daunting obstacle for most, often taking years of work after college to surpass. Now, however, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is testing the waters for an alternative system that could grant licensure to students immediately upon graduation.

AIA Honors Peter Eisenman with 2015 Topaz Medallion

00:00 - 10 December, 2014
AIA Honors Peter Eisenman with 2015 Topaz Medallion  , AD Classics: Wexner Center for the Arts / Peter Eisenman. Image © Flickr user OZinOH
AD Classics: Wexner Center for the Arts / Peter Eisenman. Image © Flickr user OZinOH

Following Moshe Safdie’s selection to be the next AIA Gold Medalist, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has announced Peter Eisenman, FAIA, as winner of the 2015 Topaz Medallion. Eisenman, known for a lifetime of scholarly work and his long associations with Princeton, Harvard, Cooper Union and Yale, will be honored for his global impact on architectural education after more than 60 years of teaching.

“There are probably very few schools of architecture where Peter is yet to have lectured,” wrote Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, in a recommendation letter. 

Two Universities Win NCARB Award for Merging Practice and Education

00:00 - 10 November, 2014
Two Universities Win NCARB Award for Merging Practice and Education, "The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change" (click image for article). Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine
"The Dean of Parsons: Design Education Must Change" (click image for article). Image Courtesy of Metropolis Magazine

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has awarded Parsons The New School for Design and Clemson University the 2014 NCARB Award to aid the development of innovative programs that merge practice and education.

Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015

00:00 - 30 October, 2014
Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015, Graves-designed University building planned for Wenzhou. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture
Graves-designed University building planned for Wenzhou. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture

Kean University has announced plans to open a new architecture school based on the design philosophy of Michael Graves. Following the footsteps of a man who laments the “loss of drawing,” the new Michael Graves School of Architecture will prioritize hand drawings as a key to design process.

“In our technologically savvy world, to this day, Michael Graves’ philosophy is to draw by hand first so that the students see, ‘feel’ and experience the new building spatially. Then, only after the drawing is complete will the students transfer the design to a computer so that the computer becomes an execution tool, not an ideation tool,” describes acting dean and former student of Graves, David Mohney.

The UK 2015 Top 10 Schools of Architecture

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
The UK 2015 Top 10 Schools of Architecture, Cambridge University came in 1st in this year's rankings. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh
Cambridge University came in 1st in this year's rankings. Image © Flickr CC User Mark Fosh

The Guardian has released its annual UK University rankings, including their list of the top schools of architecture in the country. This year Cambridge University has taken first place, knocking off UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture after three consecutive years in the top spot.

This year there are two new entries into the top 10, with Queen's University Belfast and Northumbria University bagging 5th and 6th respectively, replacing Oxford Brookes and Kent, who drop to 12th and 14th. Elsewhere, the Glasgow School of Art had a disappointing result dropping to 43rd, and the University of Greenwich has reacted positively to their last-place position from last year by rising to 21st.

Read on for more analysis and the top 10 in full

NCARB Endorses Licensure for US Architects Upon Graduation

00:00 - 30 May, 2014
NCARB Endorses Licensure for US Architects Upon Graduation, © CC Flickr User Raja Sambasivan
© CC Flickr User Raja Sambasivan

The U.S. National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has released a statement endorsing licensure upon graduation from accredited programs. Though the release did not specify a definite plan of action, the announcement acknowledges the benefits of restructuring U.S. licensure so that “rigorous internships and examination requirements” are all fulfilled during the education process.

Envisioned by NCARB’s “Licensure Task Force,” the “new path” concept overhaul will move forward by identifying schools interested in participating in the program. A Request for Information will be sent out later this year, followed by a Request for Proposal process in 2015.

Though many U.S. architects have seemingly longed for news such as this, others argue that there are drawbacks to licensure upon graduation. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section after the break.

INFOGRAPHIC: Architecture Education Today

00:00 - 23 November, 2013
INFOGRAPHIC: Architecture Education Today

Each year when Design Intelligence publishes "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools," we try to look beyond the rankings. At the end of the day, the report is a snapshot of the state of architecture today and, as such, is a minefield of useful information, particularly for current (or soon-to-be) architecture students. Check out the short infographic after the break to see how the profession's outlook has grown far more optimistic for architecture grads; what firms look for in recent grads (it may surprise you); and the unequal relationship of high-ranking sustainability programs vs. the prevalence of LEED certification.

The Best US Architecture Schools for 2014 are...

00:00 - 4 November, 2013
The Best US Architecture Schools for 2014 are..., Gund Hall, Harvard University. Image © Harvard University
Gund Hall, Harvard University. Image © Harvard University

It’s that time of year again: DesignIntelligence has released their 2014 rankings of the Best US Architecture Schools. Though many students and professionals are curious to know just who is number 1, we encourage you to forget the rankings and consider the  survey’s invaluable insight on the current state of architecture and architectural education.

Hundreds of design educators and professionals participated in the 2014 survey to identify the profession’s biggest challenges, as well as just how design education is evolving to reflect those challenges and which schools are really producing students best equipped for the profession today.

Out of all the data, two Universities stood out. 

Read more to find out which two Universities are best preparing students in 2014, after the break…

An Exclusive Interview with Ian Harris, Director of 'Archiculture'

01:00 - 28 April, 2013
© Arbuckle Industries
© Arbuckle Industries

Architects and students worldwide are highly anticipating the Monday premiere of Archiculture - a documentary that offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of five architecture students finishing their final design projects at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. The film, directed and produced by two architect-turned-filmmakers Ian Harris and David Krantz of Arbuckle Industries, features exclusive interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators to help create a crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology.

Eager to learn more, we sat down with director Ian Harris for an exclusive interview. Read the interview and share your thoughts after the break.