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STUDENT ASSEMBLY:
ENGAGING THE NEXT
GENERATION OF
ARCHITECTS
DAVID PISCUSKAS, FAIA

For the licensed professions, advanced
education tends be distilled into a tidy
- and mostly accurate - single objective. Medicine: to provide a full and
productive life of personal health and
wellness. Law: the provision of justice
in agreements and disputes. Education:
to provide the learning essential to a
functioning democracy.
As I was grinding through the final
months of an M.Arch program in a
sleep-shunned trance some 35 years ago,
I could trust only the sense of purpose
that impelled me to pursue architecture:
namely, that I would be trained to realize a well-designed building that would
last for generations. Then, the enduring
constitution of a building seemed to be
assured, but now, having had the opportunity to assess that generation of buildings, we are rightly compelled to revise
our approach to architectural education.
Is my M.Arch degree from 1982 still
relevant? Yes - and maybe. What about
the density of technological progress
combined with the empowerment and
diversity of globalization: discernible at
that time? Perhaps not - or maybe so.
Aside from accredited licensure, where
do we find our trust and confidence in
the medical attention and legal advice
we so regularly require?
In gathering ideas germane to our
initiatives this year at AIA New York
and the Center for Architecture, the thematic content of "Architects: Assembly
Required" engages interrelated activities
some of us believe essential to the vital-

ity of our profession: personal and public
interaction; advocacy and activism;
diversity and inclusiveness; and design
distinction thoughtfully conceived and
constructed, as well as productively and
enduringly utilized.
These ideas take on added salience
as we consider the future of our profession, seen through the way we structure
professional education. Are we and
our successors as well assembled as we
could be to engage the present-day and
sure-to-come challenges? Even as our
active membership prepares content for
presentation and consumption at the
Center intended to stimulate collaboration and support continuing education
and professional growth, we should
examine its relevance. Are we connecting with our youngest members? Do we
understand the aspirations of our young
people and what they seek in architecture and its allied disciplines?
At AIANY we regularly recognize
the immediacy of the academy in our
annual Deans' Roundtable. Originated
in 2006 by City College of New York
professor and 2014 AIANY President
Lance Brown, FAIA, this forum brings
the leaders of local design and architecture schools to the Center to engage in
a vigorous dialogue about the expectations of their students and their respective pedagogies and programs. The most
recent such roundtable took place within
a week of the presidential election. The
concerns expressed, and the schisms and
prospective dislocations projected that

Center for Architecture

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

evening, portended a unique alignment between design students and
their schools and many members of our
profession. In particular, as many educators noted, the reciprocal respect - in
word, deed, and action - that connects
our education with our profession appeared threatened as both a core value of
architecture and as a connective tissue of
society.
For these reasons and others, this
edition of Oculus offers a look at some of
the programs and pedagogies influencing architectural education. We trust
you'll agree that our inquiry is timely as
we examine how we, as architects, are
assembled not only in the service of our
profession, but of our civil society. Enjoy.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow

Letter from the President
Letter from the Editor
At the Center
One Block Over
Opener
Golden Flash Forward
A Fast-Tracked Path to Practice
Prototyping the Future
Academic Expectations
Prairie Schooled
Excerpt: When Ivory Towers Were Black
In Print
54-Year Watch
Letter from the Executive Director
Index to Advertisers
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Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - cover1
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Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Letter from the President
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Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Letter from the Editor
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - At the Center
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 17
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 18
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - One Block Over
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 20
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Opener
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Golden Flash Forward
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 23
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 24
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 25
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - A Fast-Tracked Path to Practice
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 27
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 28
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 29
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Prototyping the Future
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 31
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 32
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 33
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Academic Expectations
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 35
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Prairie Schooled
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 37
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Excerpt: When Ivory Towers Were Black
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 39
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - In Print
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 41
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 42
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - 54-Year Watch
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Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Letter from the Executive Director
Oculus - Spring 2017 Educating the Architects of Tomorrow - Index to Advertisers
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