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president’s message


by kim tanzer

public health experts, sociologists, and psychologists are already found in some offices. How will architects work to participate in such rich collaborative environments? How will we learn to understand and speak each other’s specialized languages in order to fully value such diverse expertise?

Pascale Vonier, Editor Editorial Offices 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006, USA Tel: 202.785.2324; fax: 202.628.0448 Website: ACSA Board of Directors, 2007–2008 Kim Tanzer, RA, President Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, Vice President Theodore C. Landsmark, M.Ev.D., JD, PhD, Past President Carmina Sanchez-del-Valle, D.Arch, RA, Secretary Graham Livesey, Treasurer Patricia Kucker, EC Director Stephen White, AIA, NE Director Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA, SE Director Russell Rudzinski, SW Director Loraine D. Fowlow, W Director Keelan Kaiser, AIA, WC Director George Baird, Canadian Director Tony Vanky, Associate AIA, Student Director Michael J. Monti, PhD, Executive Director ACSA Mission Statement To advance architectural education through support of member schools, their faculty, and students. This support involves: • Serving by encouraging dialogue among the diverse areas of discipline; • Facilitating teaching, research, scholarly and creative works, through intra/interdisciplinary activity; • Articulating the critical issues forming the context of architectural education • Fostering public awareness of architectural education and issues of importance This advancement shall be implemented through five primary means: advocacy, annual program activities, liaison with collateral organizations, dissemination of information and response to the needs of member schools in order to enhance the quality of life in a global society.



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The presidents of the five collateral organizations responsible for the quality of architectural education in the United States (AIA, AIAS, NAAB, NCARB and ACSA) met in May and discussed this question in preparation for the 2008 Accreditation Review Conference (ARC). The observations that follow emerged partly in response to our 2025 prognostications.

Practice will be global In fact, it already is. Many firms, large and small, send digital files around the world 24/7, to have work done faster, more efficiently, and often, cheaper. What are the implications of this practice for intern architects? For quality control? For licensing? How does global practice impact the quality of the local communities in which architecture is ultimately built? Practice will be highly interdisciplinary Large firms already include interior design, urban planning, and landscape architecture along with emerging services such as branding. Doing such work responsibly requires expertise in a number of disciplines—even beyond those mentioned above. Anthropologists,

Teams often will be assembled for specific projects using a consultancy model. As has happened in many other fields, freelance work will become far more common. While such consultancy often occurs as a result of economic downturns and outsourcing, it offers flexibility for firms and for individuals. How will individuals learn the business skills they need to stay competitive? How will environmental design knowledge shift its shape as a result of one-off projects? How will individuals promote their specific expertise in a fast-paced culture, essentially branding their skills? Design will not be limited to the scale of buildings. Design is, to borrow a phrase from the fashion world, the new black. Everything is being considered a design problem, from corporate identity to kitchenware to national policy. How will architects contribute to, if not lead, this phenomenon? How are schools of architecture preparing today’s students to join this practice?

Design is the foundation of our method of inquiry—we must understand it better, improve it, and disseminate it effectively to our students, within the academy, and throughout society. Architecture and other environmental design disciplines have a significant head (PRESIDENT’S COLUMN continued on page 4)

ACSA News September 2007  

ACSA News, published monthly during the academic year (September through May), serves the essential function of exchanging timely informatio...

ACSA News September 2007  

ACSA News, published monthly during the academic year (September through May), serves the essential function of exchanging timely informatio...