2009 Southeast Fall Conference

October 8-10, 2009 | Savannah, Georgia
Host School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Co-chairs:  Matthew Dudzik & Alexis Gregory


ARCHITECTURE is a thing of art, a phenomenon of the emotions, lying outside questions of construction and beyond them. The purpose of construction is TO MAKE THINGS HOLD TOGETHER; of architecture TO MOVE US.”     Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture

Architecture continually struggles with the duality of episteme and techne as expressed through the requirements of reliability and inspiration. These are all ensconced in the three principles laid out in the Vitruvian Triad of firmness, commodity and delight; but how do we, as architects and educators, instill all of these equally into our students? The ever consistent dialogue between the profession and academe raises the question of how to balance the art and the technical in architectural education.

As the SCAD Department of Architecture approaches it’s 20th anniversary, the goal of the 2009 Southeast Regional conference is to create a dialogue for the sharing of thoughts and ideas through papers and projects that address the questions raised by the theme of "Architecture is a Thing of Art" that will focus on the areas of knowledge, craft, art and pedagogy. How can we, as designers, artists and educators, use our capacity for teaching, research, and service to create built form and space that serves both the body and mind? What creative gestures qualify both as Art and Architecture? How can we as educators defend aesthetics when challenged by function? The organizers encourage participation from scholars and practitioners from various fields relating to the questions raised by the theme of "Architecture is a Thing of Art" in order to encourage an open dialogue and discussion