The practice of architecture and design is, more than ever, global. As competition increases in both developed and developing nations, American firms aggressively market abroad; foreign architects compete successfully for prestigious commissions within the United States, and the creation of regional entities such as the European Union has removed long-standing barriers to practice in large multi-national regions. Global modes of practice force designers to confront the tension between cosmopolitan trends that transcend national boundaries and identities; and the need to recognize local contexts with differing cultural norms, environmental challenges, and issues of contrasting equity between rich and poor nations.
In the context of its International Conference in Madrid, Spain, ACSA invites all Deans to meet, learn from each other, and propose alternative strategies to better prepare our students to achieve their professional and personal goals in the continuum between local and global modes of practice.
Sessions will include presentations that will provide context and encourage participation from all members of the audience. Topics include:
- Strategies for in-depth cultural immersion and understanding, as opposed to replicating home experiences abroad.
- “Babel” classrooms: understanding each other’s cultural and experiential contributions to the increasingly multicultural studio.
- Technology enhanced international experiences: virtual studios, etc.
- Combining curricular offerings with local practicums or internships: opportunities and challenges
- The pedagogy of International help: intentional and unintentional consequences of addressing real problems in real communities
- Legal and protocolary challenges: Exchanges, Joint Degrees, dual degrees, etc.
- Architecture Fundamentals in the 21st Century