RCA tutor attacks gender bias in architectural education with female-focused reading list

Royal College of Art tutor Harriet Harriss has created a list of over 300 notable architectural texts written by women, to show universities that there are no excuses for giving students male-dominated reading lists. Harriss, who is a senior tutor in interior design and architecture at the RCA, created the Women Write Architecture list to

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Royal College of Art launches masters degrees in environmental architecture and city design

Dezeen promotion: London’s RCA has launched two new 15-month MA programmes in environmental architecture and city design starting in September 2017. The university – recently named the world’s top design school for the third year running – is now accepting applications for MA City Design and MA Environmental Architecture. The MA City Design course is aimed

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MIT named world’s top architecture school for third year

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has taken the number one spot as world’s leading architecture school for the third year running, according to new global rankings. The US institute topped the leaderboard of architecture schools in the QS University Rankings, beating the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Delft University of Technology, which placed second and third respectively. London’s Royal College of Art

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AA director Brett Steele to become dean of UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Brett Steele, director of the Architectural Association in London, has been appointed as the new head of the arts school at the University of California, Los Angeles. Steele will leave his post at the AA next year, after serving as academic leader and chief executive of the prestigious institution since 2005. As dean of the

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Peter Zellner to launch Free School of Architecture in California

US architect Peter Zellner has announced plans to open a post-graduate architecture school in Los Angeles that won’t charge tuition fees. The Free School of Architecture (FSA) is set to launch in summer 2017 with a class of 12 students and a faculty of 10 teachers, offering 12 courses over six weeks. The not-for-profit organisation More

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Herzog & de Meuron and Studio Gang on shortlist for new RCA campus

Herzog & de Meuron, Studio Gang and Diller Scofidio + Renfro are among the star-studded list of architects in the running to design a new campus for London’s Royal College of Art. Swiss architect Christian Kerez, Belgian firm Robbrecht en Daem, French office Lacaton & Vassal and London studio Serie Architects are also on the seven-strong shortlist for the RCA’s Battersea South More

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“We are all responsible for the state of architectural education in the UK”

Opinion: shocking new statistics about the mental health of architecture students in the UK should be a wake-up call for both architects and educators, says Robert Mull. Last week, a survey by UK magazine The Architects’ Journal showed that 26 per cent of architecture students had received medical help for mental health problems resulting from More

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Bartlett head calls for new models of education to protect future UK architects

The head of one of the world’s top architecture schools has called for an overhaul of architecture education and accreditation in the UK following new statistics about the high rate of mental health issues among students. Bob Sheil, director of The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, told Dezeen that architectural education and More

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Quarter of UK architecture students report mental health issues

More than a quarter of architecture students in the UK have reported mental health issues related to their studies, with workload and debt among the leading causes, according to a new survey. Twenty-six per cent of respondents to a Student Survey by British magazine The Architects’ Journal (AJ) said they were being treated or had More

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Architecture schools need to teach entrepreneurship, says Odile Decq

French architect and Confluence Institute founder Odile Decq has called for entrepreneurial skills to be taught in architecture schools to help architects navigate the “broken” global economy. Decq – who founded her own Lyon architecture school two years ago – said that architecture schools need to be doing more to support start-ups. “We have to train the students to become architectural entrepreneurs,” said More

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Studio 804 builds Kansas home designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption

Students in a design-and-build programme at the University of Kansas have completed a family dwelling intended to demonstrate a more responsible approach to house building (+ slideshow). Called the New York Street Passive House, the home is located in the city of Lawrence. It was created by Studio 804, a design-build programme affiliated with the architecture school More

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Bad UK school design is wasting £150 million each year, claims RIBA

Substandard UK schools are wasting millions, fostering bad behaviour in pupils, and causing one in five teachers to consider leaving their post, claims a new report from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Published today, the RIBA’s Better Spaces for Learning report highlights the shortcomings of the school design programme put in place by the UK government following More

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US architecture school intends to ban use of styrene in model-making

The architecture college at Washington University in St Louis has announced it plans to prohibit students from using styrene in their models, citing health risks related to the chemical that is used to make foam boards. The ban was reported in Student Life, an independent newspaper run by students at the Missouri university. The architecture More

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Colorado architecture students design rugged micro cabins for Outward Bound

Architecture students from at the University of Colorado Denver have built a series of rustic dwellings for an outdoor education school in the Rocky Mountains (+ slideshow). Participating in a design-build programme, the students designed the cabins for the Colorado Outward Bound School – one of 40 schools around the globe run by Outward Bound, the nonprofit outdoor education organisation More

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Boston architecture students complain about “unacceptable” studio space

Architecture students at Boston’s Northeastern University are petitioning for improved studio space, alleging their current working conditions are unsanitary, unsafe, cold and cramped. Their grievances were outlined in a letter published last week in the independent student newspaper, The Huntington News. The letter was addressed to university president Joseph Aoun, and was signed by the More

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RCA and MIT named as world’s top design and architecture schools for second year running

London’s Royal College of Art has been named as the top art and design school in an annual international ranking, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has retained the title of top architecture school. The RCA was judged as the world’s best art and design school out of 1,376 institutions in the sixth annual QS More

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University of Texas architecture dean leaves post over new campus gun law

The dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas has resigned over a new state law that will allow students to carry guns on campus. Frederick “Fritz” Steiner will leave the Austin university after 15 years in the role to take up the post of dean of Penn Design, the University of Pennsylvania’s architecture school. The More

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British architecture is experiencing a “dull period” says Peter Cook

Lack of experimentation and a culture of narrow-mindedness in schools has led to a dull period in British architecture, according to Archigram founder Peter Cook. Addressing an audience during a lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Cook said the last 20 years had seen a dearth of interesting architecture, and claimed that agenda is often placed above creativity. “We’re in More

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Royal College of Art appoints Adrian Lahoud as dean of architecture

The Royal College of Art has announced Adrian Lahoud will be the new dean of the school’s architecture department, replacing Alex de Rijke. Lahoud, who has already been appointed head of the RCA’s architecture programme, will take up the position of dean of the School of Architecture in January 2016. He will be charged with developing new programmes for the More

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Chipperfield and Rogers protest against “destruction” of London design school

Architects and designers including David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers, Jasper Morrison and Tom Dixon have joined a campaign against plans to move The Cass Faulty of Art, Architecture and Design and cut 19 of its courses. In an open letter published in The Observer newspaper, architects, designers and leading figures from the arts world warned that relocating the […]

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RCA rector apologises for statements about staff

Breaking news: Royal College of Art rector Paul Thompson has published an official statement apologising for previous comments about departing staff and responding to reports of changes at the RCA – including the suspension of its Design Interactions course. More to follow soon. Update: Read on for the full statement. The full statement from Paul […]

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Deborah Berke named dean of Yale School of Architecture

New York architect Deborah Berke will succeed Robert A M Stern as dean of the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut. Berke is the founder of the 65-person firm Deborah Berke Partners and has been a professor at Yale for over 20 years. She will take over from Postmodern architect Robert A M Stern as Yale’s architecture […]

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US firm announces plans to open “the Bauhaus of Africa”

MASS Design Group, a nonprofit US firm, plans to start an architecture and design training centre in Kigali, Rwanda, to help address the “dearth of professional designers” across Africa (+ movie). MASS, which has offices in Boston and Kigali, will announce its plans for the new African Design Center at the United Nations Solutions Summit on […]

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Alex de Rijke resigns as Royal College of Art’s dean of architecture

The Royal College of Art’s dean of architecture Alex de Rijke has become the latest staff member to announce their departure from the London institution. De Rijke has led the RCA’s School of Architecture for four years, but will now leave at the end of September 2015 to focus on his practice dRMM, which he founded with Sadie […]

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Nader Tehrani appointed architecture dean at The Cooper Union

Iranian-American designer Nader Tehrani has been made dean of architecture at The Cooper Union in New York, one of the most prestigious art and design universities in the United States. Tehrani, principal of the firm NADAAA, has long been a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and led its architecture department from 2010 to […]

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“The much-trumpeted separation between education and practice is a convenient invention”

Opinion: the farcical in-fighting between architectural education and practitioners – who blame each other for the industry’s failures – has to stop, says Robert Mull, dean of London’s Cass School of Architecture. There is a 1960s comedy sketch in which John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett stand in a row and explain the English class system. The […]

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Monica Ponce de Leon to replace Alejandro Zaera-Polo as architecture dean at Princeton

Monica Ponce de Leon has been named the new dean of the Princeton School of Architecture, following the sudden departure of Alejandro Zaera-Polo in October 2014. Ponce de Leon will become head of the Ivy League university’s architecture school on 1 January 2016. A pioneer of digital design and the use of robotics in fabrication, […]

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MIT named world’s top university for architecture

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the world’s best university for architecture, according to new global rankings. Although London’s Royal College of Art was named the best overall art and design school in the QS Worldwide University Rankings, MIT was singled out for its performance in architecture, where it ranked in first place. The institute scored 96.5 […]

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New architecture school aims to change “undervalued and marginalised” profession

Interview: architectural education is too expensive and too lengthy while the profession is underpaid and under-appreciated, according to the head of a new school due to open in London later this year. Dezeen spoke to London School of Architecture’s Will Hunter about his plans to overhaul the way architecture is taught. “Today British architects are undervalued as they […]

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UK architecture schools fail to equip students with skills needed for practice

News: most UK-based employers and students believe architecture graduates are not prepared for the realities of working in practice, according to an industry survey. Research undertaken by RIBA Appointments – the recruitment arm of the Royal Institute of British Architects – has found that 80 per cent of employers and 75 per cent of students think that architectural education puts theory […]
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Aaron Betsky named dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

News: critic and curator Aaron Betsky has been appointed head of the design school founded by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Betsky, formerly director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, was appointed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation – responsible for funding the school, as well as the maintenance of Lloyd Wright’s archive and the Taliesin […]
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