ACSA organizes a number of task forces and committees to advise the board of directors and implement ACSA policies and programs. ACSA’s Conditions & Procedures Task Force was charged with advising the ACSA board of directors on issues related to the National Architectural Accrediting Board’s accreditation policies, as set out in the Conditions and Procedures documents.
What Is the ARC? The October 2008 NAAB Accreditation Review Conference (ARC) is the profession’s opportunity to revise and reaffirm the minimum standards for professional education of architects. The ARC will involve the revision and reaffirmation of the NAAB Conditions and Procedures for Accreditation documents through a deliberative process involving the four collaterals that directly support NAAB as well as other interest groups.
ACSA has done three things to date to prepare for the ARC.
(1) ACSA Topic Groups
(2) Core Values in Architectural Education
(3) NAAB Resource Groups
(1) Topic Groups. In November 2006 the ACSA board of directors identified 10 topic areas under which to organize work groups. Eight of these have produced a final report as of October 1, 2007 (see the links at the top of this page), after working throughout the spring and summer to develop critiques of NAAB Conditions and Procedures. The reports include recommendations for short and long term changes to NAAB accreditation standards and architectural education generally.
Each group has an invited leader and a board liaison, who work together to guide the group’s work. The list of groups is below.
Architecture as a Discipline (leader: Kendra Schank Smith, Ryerson U.)
Community Responsibility & Society (Marilys Nepomechie, Florida International U.)
Global Change (Kim Tanzer)
Integrated Practice/Comprehensive Design (Renee Cheng, U. of Minnesota)
Interiors (Brian Kernaghan, Rhode Island School of Design; Anders Nereim, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Internship (Kenneth Schwartz)
Leadership (Graham Livesey) (organized in October 2007)
Preservation and Adaptive Reuse (Ted Landsmark)
Sustainability (Walter Grondzik)
Urban Design (George Baird)
NAAB Procedures (as of November 27 this topic group is being formed to identify issues with the NAAB Procedures)
Opportunities for feedback on the first eight reports occurred at:
at ACSA Fall Conferences
at the Administrators Conference, November 1-3
and we continue to seek member feedback through our ACSAccred blog
(2) Core Values. At its November 2006 meeting, the ACSA board began a discussion of core values that underlie architectural education. Through the next few months the board refined these values to a statement–intended for discussion–about these values. The topic groups responded to this statement in their October 2007 reports, and the ACSA board would like to continue discussion of these cross-cutting values.
Graduates of professional architecture programs should be able to:
I. Design technical and creative aspects of building projects in appropriate media
Communicate graphically in a range of media
Integrate knowledge of design theory and history
Create building designs with well integrated systems
Incorporate life safety systems
II. Lead interdisciplinary design projects ethically, collaboratively, and responsibly
Know social, professional responsibilities
Understand business of building
Collaborate and negotiate with clients and consultants in design process
Create building designs with well integrated systems
Able to assess work quality
III. Be active stewards of the environment
Understand people, place, context
Integrate disparate needs of client, community, society
IV. Think and act critically
Have a firm grounding in liberal arts
Be broadly educated
Have lifelong inquisitiveness
Be able to assess evidence
Moreover, students of professional architecture programs should have the opportunity to:
V. Work in a nurturing, engaging, safe environment
(3) NAAB Resource Groups. The ACSA has nominated, at NAAB’s request, 15 people to serve on resource groups organized by NAAB. Each group will be composed of representatives from ACSA, AIA, AIAS, and NCARB, and will be charged with recommending to the NAAB key issues for discussion at the ARC. The groups are beginning their work this fall. The group areas are: The Future of Architecture Education; Regulatory Issues; Accreditation Issues; and Student Learning Criteria & Related Conditions & Procedures.
Stan Allen, Princeton University
George Baird, University of Toronto
Marleen Davis, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Loraine Fowlow, University of Toronto
Keelan Kaiser, Judson College
Sabir Khan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ted Landsmark, Boston Architectural College
David Leatherbarrow, University of Pennsylvania
Marilys Nepomechie, Florida International University
Wendy Ornelas, Kansas State University
Carmina Sanchez, Hampton University
Stephen Schreiber, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ken Schwartz, University of Virginia
Kim Tanzer, University of Florida
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