Architecture and Architectural Education: Change, Ethics and Liberal Education
Architecture is: About people and places Meeting utilitarian needs Inescapable art The design of space Structures that make space Free thought and ideas History and cultural heritage Student definitions from the first day of class in "An Introduction to Architecture" My thoughts on architecture and architectural education are propelled these days by two intersecting threads: 1) That of architecture as a cultural production; and 2) That of architecture's essentially ethical condition. This of course begs the questions: What, then, is meant by architecture as a cultural production? and: What is the nature of that ethical condition? Also, for me, 3) Architectural education shares the larger objectives of a liberal education. An assertion which also raises a following question: What does that mean to you? The path begins with a consideration of the Change and Unchanging circumstances within which we find ourselves.
This is a proceedings from 106th Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2018, University of Illinois-Urbana/ Champaign in January 2000. Posted with permission.