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Sustainable Environments and the Importance of Socially Integrated Communities

  Author: Evangelos Limpantoudis, LEED AP Lately everyone seems to be talking about the significance of sustainable living, the necessity for reducing our average carbon footprint, the importance of recycling, reusing, retrofitting, weatherizing, greening, and purchasing products made of recycled materials… (Notice they did not say do not buy as much, just buy different, but […]

Interview with Percy Griffin

Percy Griffin is an Architect in New York and a Professor at the School of Architecture at NYIT. So, what’s your story ? I’m an architect … and I was born and raised in the state of Mississippi. I had never had a T-Square till I came to NY. My family were sharecroppers. In the […]

Instrumental Thinking

On Education: The Challenges of Instrumental Thinking Olaf Recktenwalk is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture in the University of Oklahoma. “But let me tell you a little something about your graduates. When they arrive at my office, I have to spend up to six months training them how to draft and how to letter correctly. […]

Specialization + Curriculum

Specialization + Curriculum James Forren is an M.Arch thesis student at MIT The first thing I thought of when I read “specialization” was a story I read in The New Yorker about the collapse of the Twin Towers. According to this article, a gentleman whose business it is to take down oversized structures (apartment towers, […]

Specialization in Architectural Practice and Education

Specialization in Architectural Practice and Education Stanford Anderson is a Professor of History and Architecture and the Head of the department of Architecture at MIT. Practice Unquestionably, architectural practice today requires more specialized knowledge and performance than in the past. These demands increase with the scale of projects and the range of challenging issues that […]

Expert or Anti-Expert

Expert or Anti-Expert: Is that the Question? Mark Jarzombek is an Associate Professor of the History and Architecture at MIT and the director of History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art at MIT. The modern notion of ‘an expert’ developed to a large extent in the second half of the nineteenth century in the […]

Preparing for Architectural Practice

David Fixler is a Principal of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering P.C. Preparing for Practice: 1. Specialized programs are typically both responses to the practical needs of the market and ways in which to influence design and market trends. This trend is likely to continue and to encourage greater specialization, but I believe that there […]

A Starchitect’s Wisdom on the Profession

A few years back I attended Rafael Vinoly’s Training Program, which he so kindly hosted at the RVA offices. I was part of the first group as I recall, so RV’s teaching methods were a bit untested. However, the essence of the whole seminar (which lasted about 10 weeks or so) was unbelievably enlightening. During the […]

Rick Hauser – The Practice of Architecture in the Heartland

Rick Hauser is a co-founder and principal of In.Site:Architecture, in Perry NY. To debate exclusively the role of specialization versus generalization in architecture and education marginalizes other practice paradigms that do not fit so snugly into either category. The “specialist” is still a generalist navigating the project through rough seas with a crew of even […]

Interview with Architect & Professor Anton Nelessen

Anton “Tony” Nelessen has more than 37 years of professional experience as an urban designer, professor, author and practitioner in the fields of visioning, physical planning and urban design. His firm is considered one of the foremost vision planning firms in the country. He holds a professional degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota […]