The future of architecture: Professional Organisations vs. Academia
Professional associations, be they of national or international competence (UIA, AIA, RIBA, ARB, NCARB, SCHOSA, ACSA, OAR etc.), constantly realise studies through which they evaluate various aspects of the profession - studies where we discover the distance between the educational system, profession and society, yet the much needed connection between the three.
In most of the studies, the architecture practice and architecture education are closely linked, and, most of the time, go hand in hand - in the communication, comprehension and the quality of the work of an architect. It is strongly recommended to radically change the way we practice, teach and communicate architecture.
Through this event we want to hear what views some of these professional associations have regarding the future of our line of work and of the architectural education.
The conference session will be followed by a round table, which will seek to relate the way professional organizations and academia visualise the future of architecture, in the hope to connect it all with our current social reality.
Alex Wright is Professor of Architecture and Head of Architecture at the University of Bath in the UK. He is currently a National Professional Representative on the Board of the ARB (Architects Registration Board). In recent years he has acted as advisor to numerous schools of architecture and has published papers on Architectural Education and Pedagogy.
Dubravko Bačić was educated at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Architecture (Dipl.-Ing.Arch.), and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MDesS). He is a practicing architect and teacher at the University of Zagreb. Since 2011, he has been on the International Relations Board of the Croatian Chamber of Architects, closely following the ACE activities in the Access to the Profession area. He has been elected to the ACE Executive Board for the 2014-15 term, in charge of the Schools program.
Șerban Țigănaș is an architect, educator and militant for the profession and partner of Dico și Țigănaș office. His academic activity exceeds 20 years at the Architecture and Urbanism Faculty of Cluj-Napoca. He has an important role for the architectural profession, being president of the Romanian Order of Architects and member of the boards of Architects Council of Europe and Union Internationale des Architectes.
The architectural profession, beyond its practic and legal determinations, is so versatile and polymorphous that every seeker ends up finding, more or less, what he was looking for. After a few decades of theory, pedagogy and professional practice I have reached a moderately uncertain position: the practice of this profession is a way of evolution. both individual and collective, yet on one condition: the practitioner must be aware of his limitations and the complexity of the chosen subject. Such as Heisenberg's theory, the way you investigate changes the research field; the architect's qualities as an intelectual subject and person of spiritual aspirations are mandatory, the gate to uncertainty lies wide open.