PennDesign: Architecture Education Goes Outside Itself - Crossing Borders, Breaking Barriers

This conference and exhibition will explore the evolution of American architecture education over the last century and a half. Highlighting the dialectic between professional formation and disciplinary innovation, the four sessions of the conference will examine the different models by which the architect's training became institutionalized within the academic setting of the school, and, at the same time, the way educators and students continuously endeavored to expand the purview of architectural knowledge and open the profession to new ideas and practices. The accompanying exhibition, drawn from Penn's rich archival collections, will present a selection of student work spanning from the Beaux-Arts to postmodernism.


Friday, February 8

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Upper Gallery
Welcome by Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor (University of Pennsylvania)
Introduction by Joan Ockman (University of Pennsylvania)

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Upper Gallery
Session 1: Disciplinary Contexts
Marie Frank (University of Massachusetts, Lowell), "Cultivating the Sense of Beauty in the Architecture Curriculum"
Reto Geiser (School of Architecture, Rice University), "‘Constancy and Change': Sigfried Giedion and the Role of History in Architectural Education"
Eric Bellin (University of Pennsylvania), "Architecture ‘in Service of Life': Matthew Nowicki, Lewis Mumford and the Question of ‘Humanism' at North Carolina State College, 1948-52
Brad Horn (The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York), "Architecture from Anything"

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Meyerson Hall B1
Keynote lecture by Michael Lewis (Williams College), "‘Facts and Things, not Words and Signs': Architectural Education in Philadelphia"

6:30-8:00 p.m.
Kroiz Gallery / Architectural Archives
Exhibition opening
"Lessons from the History of Architecture Education: Student Work from the Collections of the Architectural Archives"

Saturday, February 9

9:15-9:45 a.m.
Dean's Alley
Coffee and pastries

9:45-10 a.m.
Upper Gallery
Introduction by Daniel Barber (University of Pennsylvania)

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Upper Gallery
Session 2: Institutional Contexts
Kathryn Holliday (University of Texas, Arlington), "The AIA and the Settings for Architecture Education, 1857 and 1957"
Avigail Sachs (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), "Ready for the Future: Postwar Transformations at the University of Pennsylvania"
Anna Vallye (Philadelphia Museum of Art), "Politics of the Creative Mind: Educating Architects at MIT after 1945"
Kim Förster (ETH Zurich), "Architectural Education in Times of Crisis: Diversifying Educational Programs at the IAUS"

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lunch break

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Upper Gallery
Session 3: Social, Environmental, and Political Contexts
Andrew Chin (School of Architecture, Florida A&M University), "HBCU Architecture Education: The Met and Unmet Challenges"
Albert Narath (Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Oregon), "The Oregon Conspiracy: Architecture and Environmentalism at the University of Oregon"
Michael Carriere (Milwaukee School of Engineering), "(De)Constructing the ‘Cinderblock in the Sky': Liberalism and Alienation in Postwar Schools of Architecture"
Andrea Merrett (GSAPP, Columbia University), "Feminism in Architecture: The Women's School of Planning and Architecture"

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Upper Gallery
Session 4: Geographical Contexts
Denise Costanzo (Department of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University), "Redefining Rome's Lessons: Architects at the American Academy"
Caroline Maniaque-Benton (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais/Université Paris-Est), "French Connections: Learning from Penn"
Martino Stierli (Institute of Art History, University of Zurich), "Travel as a Form of Knowledge: Venturi/Scott Brown and the Learning from Las Vegas Research Studio"
Roberto Damiani (Department of Architettura, University "G. D'Annunzio" Pescara, Italy), "On Project and City: Design as Research in Colin Rowe and Oswald Mathias Ungers Teaching at Cornell, 1968-78"

5:30-6:00 p.m.
Upper Gallery
Closing remarks moderated by David Leatherbarrow (University of Pennsylvania)

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dean's Alley

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Tags: Design

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