[design] cfp: The Education of an Architect

The Education of an Architect
3 days of debate
Barcelona, 21, 22 and 23 April 2005

Conference Committee:
Iñaki Ábalos, Luis Moreno Mansilla, Carles Muro
Conference Secretariat:
Xavier Osarte

Quaderns, in its desire to contribute to the architectural debate,
wishes to announce an International Conference on Architectural
Education, which will be held in Barcelona in April 2005.
To raise the issue of architectural education is to raise the issue of
the role of the architect in the contemporary world.

Speakers will include not only foremost figures in the architectural
academic world, but also outstanding practitioners and professionals
from other fields.

The conference aims to investigate what this role should be in the near
future, on the basis of the understanding that specific approaches to
architectural education can make a decisive contribution to this research.

Themes of the conference

The conference will be centered around three sub-themes, one for each
day of the event.

a. The specialist architect versus the general architect
The architect has traditionally been regarded as a figure acting in a
extremely broad field, “from the spoon to the city”, at the intersection
of the arts and the sciences. However, the forces at work on the
contemporary scene of the built environment seem to call for a series of
more specialized figures to deal with specific situations.
If this is the case, what would these specialties be? Once identified,
should they be taught in schools? Could the “general architect”
eventually be, paradoxically, one of the new specialists?
But is this the only alternative? In a new culture of connection, is
this opposition still valid? Are there new alternatives for redefining
and revitalizing the role of the architect?

b. Global processes versus local singularities in architectural education
The world is a global system; never before has information traveled so
quickly, with increasing numbers of professionals practicing in
different countries…
Should all students have the same education, regardless of their
context? Or should their education be linked to the climate, economy and
culture of the places where they study? Is an understanding of a
specific situation the key to the understanding of any other situation?
How can we revise the idea of context?

c. New tools and new techniques in the production of architecture
New tools are challenging traditional approaches to design. At the same
time, new construction techniques are emerging at an unprecedented pace.
But the gap between the invention of form and the invention of its
construction continues to grow.
How can this gap be bridged? Should specific techniques be taught? What
is the role of research in architectural education?

2. Call for papers

The Conference Committee is making an open call for papers that deal
with any of the three sub-themes presented above.
This call is open to students, educators and professionals in all fields
dealing with the transformation of the built environment (architecture,
landscape, urbanism, etc.), and any other individual or team interested
in the conference themes.

Abstracts with drafts or proposals for papers on one of the
above-mentioned sub-themes should be sent by 1st march 2005. The
Conference Committee will select a maximum of 2 winning abstracts and 3
special mentions per sub-theme.

The announcement of the selected abstracts will be made by 16 March 2005
on the competition website (http://quaderns.coac.net) and by e-mail to
all entrants. The authors of the winning entries will be expected to
send a complete paper of a maximum of 5,000 words by 15 April 2005.
The authors of the winning entries will be invited to present their
papers at the conference (travel and accommodation expenses will be met
by the organizers). The authors of the special mentions will receive
free conference registration. The full papers presented at the
conference and all the selected abstracts will be published in a special
issue of Quaderns that will record the preparation, development and
conclusions of the conference.

2.1 Abstract format

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should be sent by e-mail, as
an attachment, to [email protected] The text file should be
named “abstract-sub-theme-your last name.doc” (in the place of
sub-theme, please write only a, b or c, according to the subject chosen).

Please also include the following data: abstract title, your name,
title, position and school (if applicable), address for correspondence,
phone and e-mail address.

In the subject box of the e-mail, please write: “quaderns conference
abstract”. Abstracts may be accompanied by one image, in jpeg format,
not exceeding 500 KB.

Abstracts will be written in one of the following languages: Catalan,
Spanish, English or French.

2.2 Timeline

Call for papers December 2004
Deadline for the reception of abstracts 1March 2005
Announcement of selected abstracts 16 March 2005
Deadline for the reception of full papers 15 April 2005

3. Conference attendance

Fill in and submit the registration form available at
Registration form and proof of payment must be sent by fax to 34 933 175 819

Registration opens on 1 January 2005

StudentsAttendance by day90 Euro/day30 Euro/dayFull attendance180 Euro60

4. Conference Secretariat

The Education of the Architect is a project organized by Quaderns
d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme and the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya.

Contact details

Address: C/Casp 35, entsl. 1E
08010 Barcelona, Spain
Phone/Fax: 34 933 175 819
E-mail: [email protected]

Carolina Bravo

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