As the profession of architecture confronts profound questioning of its values, architecture schools are being asked to produce a “pipeline” of diverse students to mitigate complex structural conditions that really require reparative responses. Consequently, we need to expand the infrastructural framing and discourse of “pipelines.” To do so, educators need to both address the diverse pathways into and out of our classrooms and strengthen our commitment to expanding routes into teaching and academic leadership.
Given this generation’s desire to make impactful change in the world, why aren’t we attracting more students into architecture? New visiting positions and fellowships are opening schools to a wider array of disciplinary interests, but are we creating opportunities for these young educators to advance into long-term teaching? Who among our students see themselves as future pedagogues? What new alliances do we need to build to enlarge our framework for confronting difficult problems within our discipline? What new delivery systems might expand the reach out of institutions?
The 2022 Administrator’s Conference–”Pathways”–will devote itself to these pressing questions tied to the ACSA’s core values of advancing equity, social justice, and climate action. Keynotes, plenaries, and workshops will focus attention on creating educational environments in which those who want to “change the world” can see themselves doing so through architecture and urban design as professionals and educators.