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Learn Now; Use later. Joshua Caulfield IOM Joshua Caulfield is the AIAS Executive Director.

“Non scholae, sed vitae discimus” is a Latin phrase which translates as, “We do not learn for school, but for life.” I am confident that many of you reading this article will think this obvious, even as you cram for a test or skip a non-required homework assignment because you know it will never come up as an exam or affect your grade.

and other classes actually teach you critical thinking, decision making, communication and presentation skills, and much more. These will serve you outside the classroom throughout your time on the planet.

While many of the things you learn have a practical and relatively immediate application, they also As students there is so very much to accomplish shape how you are capable of interacting in the in such a limited span of time. Academic world beyond architecture. demands of assignments, studio, critiques, and reading are complicated by the administrivia of The AIAS is preparing now to attend and life such as paying bills, getting a haircut, laundry, represent students of architecture across completing forms, and selecting classes for the country at the National Architectural future semesters. The desire for a social life then Accreditation Board (NAAB) Accreditation adds another layer of phone calls, texts, emails Review Conference in 2013. The task and even in-person gatherings. force that is planning and supporting your representatives must look beyond the simple This must by default create an unseen but ever needs of finding a job and ensuring that present weight of the “things to do”. structural design is being taught in every school. They cannot get bogged down in This pressure doesn’t go away after school. political issues such as whether every faculty Professionals, just as students, must meet member is a licensed architect, the process of deadlines, attend meetings, and complete tenure, or the cost of materials. trainings in new techniques and technologies. They must look at the education of the next So it is that we often forget that the things we generation of architects not as it relates to school, do are FOR LIFE. We learn, work, sleep, enjoy but as it relates to the preparation of tomorrow’s other’s company, travel to other parts of the leaders for LIFE. world, and experience new events and things not to check them off some imaginary list, but Watch the AIAS website for more information because these activities enhance our LIFE. on this important event, how your team is preparing for it on your behalf, and how you I encourage you to consider that the education can get involved. you are receiving, while certainly focused on the profession of architecture, prepares you And most importantly, keep learning, because for so much more. Design, studio, structures it’s YOUR LIFE! C

Crit: Journal of the AIAS Fall 2011  

Crit, a celebration of student work in the field of architecture (ISSN 0277 6863), is published by the American Institute of Architecture St...

Crit: Journal of the AIAS Fall 2011  

Crit, a celebration of student work in the field of architecture (ISSN 0277 6863), is published by the American Institute of Architecture St...

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