3rd International Architectural Education Summit

3rd International Architectural Education Summit
New Directions in Architecture Education
Aedes Network Campus Berlin, The Metropolitan Laboratory
September 12th – September 14th 2013
IAES Berlin has generously been made possible by the Cassiopeia Foundation.
ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory is delighted to present the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit (IAES) from 12th to 14th September 2013 in Berlin. The summit, jointly conceptualised and organised with UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles and IE School of Architecture, Madrid, will provide a platform for exploring approaches to address new directions in architecture education. The upcoming summit broadens and deepens the continuous ANCB debate, which started with its inaugural symposium ‘Educating the Global Architect’ in 2009. The 3rd IAES in Berlin will focus on the acute issues at the intersection of three thematic panels: ‘The Role of Alternative Architecture Education Platforms’, ‘Interdisciplinary Strategies in Architecture Education’ and ‘Collaboration between Architecture Education and Non-Academic Partners’. The summit is dedicated to fostering a constructive dialogue between leading academics, practitioners, policy makers and industry representatives concerned with ideas to take architecture education forward.
Ensuring intensive, thought-provoking and multi-layered discussions, the participants of the summit are: Elena Agudio, Artistic Leader, AoN_Platform for Neuroscience and Art, Berlin; Eugene Asse, Founder, MARCH, Moscow; Jhono Bennett,Co-Founder, 1:1 – Agency of Engagement, Johannesburg; Matthias Böttger, Founder and Director, raumtaktik – office from a better future, Berlin; Neelkanth Chhaya,Dean, Faculty of Architecture, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad; Beatriz Colomina, Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Programme, School of Architecture, Princeton University, New Jersey; Marcos Cruz,Director, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London; Joachim Declerck, Founder and Programme Director, Architecture Workroom, Brussels; Winka Dubbeldam, Chair and Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia; Anton Falkeis, Head of Department Social Design, University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Lukas Feireiss,Visiting Professor at space&designstrategies, University of Art and Design, Linz; Christoph Gengnagel, Professor of Structural Design and Technology, University of the Arts, Berlin; Nikolaus Hirsch, Director, Städelschule, Frankfurt; Mathias Klotz, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile; Hubert Klumpner, Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich; Chris Luebkeman, Director for Global Foresight and Innovation, Arup, London/San Francisco; Winy Maas, Founder and Director, The Why Factory, Delft University of Technology, Delft; Michael Mönninger, Professor of History and Theory of the Art of Building and Space, Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig; Eric Owen Moss,Director, Southern California Institute of Architecture/ Eric Owen Moss Architects, Los Angeles; Henk Ovink,Senior Advisor and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Washington DC; Jorge Pérez Jaramillo, Director of the Municipal Planning Department, Mayor’s Office, Medellín; Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Professor and Head of Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; Wolfgang Schäffner,Chair of the History of Knowledge and Culture, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Berlin; Tatjana Schneider, Co-Author and Researcher, Spatial Agency/ Senior Lecturer, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield; Michael Speaks, Dean of the College of Design, University of Kentucky, Lexington; Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo; Sarah M. Whiting, Dean and William Ward Watkin Professor, Rice School of Architecture, Rice University, Houston; Mark Wigley, Dean, The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University, New York; Xu Weiguo, Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Background and Aims of IAES
Established in 2009, the IAES is a biannual conference devised and initiated by Professor Hitoshi Abe (Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, Los Angeles and architect, Sendai, Japan). Reflecting on the intentions of the summit, Hitoshi Abe commented:
“Recent trends towards the international standardisation of the architectural profession and the transformations taking place in architectural education as a result of the globalisation of professional activities push architecture as an ambiguous concept reflecting the variations in our field into an absolute, singular framework clearing barriers for the profession to expand while repressing ambiguity. Leading architects and educators should act to maintain a richness and variety of approach through public discussion. The IAES was established for this purpose.”
In these times of immensurate change, the IAES provides an important chance to evaluate how best to prepare the upcoming generation of architects and city-makers for current and future challenges. The first summit was held in Tokyo in 2009 and the second edition took place in 2011 in Madrid/ Segovia. Martha Thorne, IAES General Coordinator and Associate Dean of External Relations at IE School of Architecture, Madrid, organiser of the second summit, elaborated: 
The IAES initiative is a unique opportunity to bring together international colleagues for meaningful debate about architectural education for the 21st century. Participants in the summit, opinion makers who come from leading schools of architecture and also other institutions that inform the teaching of architecture, together will explore ways to make architectural education more relevant against a backdrop of globalisation, changing technology and pressing societal issues. The gathering in Berlin, two years after the Madrid summit, will deepen the debate and seek paths for real action.”
ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory
In coordinating this year’s IAES, Aedes Network Campus Berlin, as an independent, cultural education platform focusing on the future of our cities, is uniquely placed to bring together key figures from different fields to debate the critical issues surrounding our globalised urban environments, which influence architectural education.
Since its inception in 2009, ANCB has established a network of international universities and institutions for students and practitioners from diverse disciplines to come together in university design studios and public debates that combine cultural, social and technological research and extend academic debates into a public forum. The IAES presents an exciting opportunity to bring this international discussion to Berlin and to further ANCB’s critical dialogue on modes of education for the global architect.
IAES 2013
Today, the creative process in architecture requires an understanding and conceptualising of ongoing interdisciplinary challenges. In response, this 3rd IAES will look at the interdisciplinary possibilities for architecture education, including approaches from outside the mainstream, by broadening the understanding of interdisciplinarity. The summit proposes to deepen and evaluate examples of such alternative approaches in three thematic panel discussions.
Panel One: The Role of Alternative Architecture Education Platforms is driven by the fact that most universities, limited by their institutional structures, are not able to react in their curriculum or with their teaching methods to acute architectural, social and environmental demands. The panel aims at introducing, comparing and discussing the meaning of alternative architecture education platforms between the political, the economic and the cultural spheres of society for today and tomorrow.
Panel Two: Interdisciplinary Strategies in Architecture Education is concerned with the social, political, economic and environmental demands that, in their complexity, challenge the architect to rethink traditional working boundaries. It focuses on discussing values, goals and organisations of current interdisciplinary strategies, both in architecture education and in professional design processes.
Panel Three: Collaboration between Architecture Education and Non-Academic Partners, foregrounds the need for research and design strategies in architecture education to oscillate between pure theoretical approaches and actual demands and expectations. Today there are numerous examples of how architecture education platforms provide a rich condition to enter the real world. The panel discusses these issues by initially investigating specific collaborative strategies and real-life examples in respect to new models comprising educational methods and non-academic processes.
The conference will open on the evening of September 12th and continue over the next two days with a series of master position presentations followed by four panel discussions. The outcomes of the summit will be communicated as part of ANCB’s publication series later in 2013.
Please visit our homepage http://www.ancb.de to download the IAES programme. More information will follow shortly. For further queries please contact Dietmar Leyk, ANCB Research Director, dl@aedes-network-campus.de.
IAES Berlin has generously been made possible by the Cassiopeia Foundation
and received support from UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.
ANCB is supported by Zumtobel.                            
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