The Education Committee leads ACSA’s efforts to improve the effectiveness of architectural education through best practices. The committee oversees and recommends, as necessary, actions to cultivate and disseminate these best practices.
access to higher education (including demographic diversity)
relationship of architectural education to higher education
preprofessional or nonaccredited architectural education
2020-2021 Education Committee
Power Dynamics and Racial Equity. The Education Committee is charged with examining the experiences and reflections of architecture students and faculty with respect to power dynamics and racial equity in program-level governance, curriculum decisions, policies and procedures, and how faculty and students perceive these dynamics influence success in the academic context. This work will involve collecting quantitative and qualitative data from students and faculty and comparatively analyzing these data between and among racial groups, with a particular emphasis on the experiences and reflections of Black and indigenous students and faculty members. This work should identify barriers as well as models that equitably include voices of Black and indigenous students and faculty of color in architecture’s academic contexts.
Online events in collaboration with AIAS and NOMA that foreground research questions related to the charge;
Collection of qualitative and quantitative data from students and faculty related to the charge;
Publish draft report on data collection to support long-term term development of guides for equity in architectural education.
Create final report that consolidates outcomes of events and research findings.
Summary of Previous Relevant Work
In 2018-19, the ACSA Education Committee completed a review of how pedagogy has been addressed within the field of architecture over the past twenty years. This work included an assessment of ACSA activities as well as those of other organizations that support architectural education. This work identified a need for more development of the practice of teaching and learning in architecture.
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Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of over 200 member schools in several categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada, candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Through these schools, over 5,000 architecture faculty are represented. In addition, over 300 supporting members composed of architecture firms, product associations and individuals add to the breadth of interest and support of ACSA goals.
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