Architectural Education has always been under great scrutiny; there is not a single advancement in other disciplines, an invention of some kind or a technological breakthrough that has not somehow affected the content or the methodology of architectural studies. This fluidity has extended architects’ activities and their theoretical discourse in a way that today, it is extremely difficult to come up with a single definition of what an architect is.
In the meantime, the evolving importance of cities to modern societies has led the architects in an endless quest to better understand the urban phenomena and map the cities’ complexity. In this context, architectural study programs will never seize to undergo continuous transformations just like the cities -their main corpus of investigation- have had in the past decades.
In addition, a newly inaugurated online learning community challenges the limits of the traditional educational models. The courses we are planning now involve online educational practices that extend the physical time and space limits of the classroom. Most importantly, our understanding of the learning process has shifted from an instruction based model to a more open environment of human interaction where both the instructor and the students participate in a mutual exchange of information and personalized views of the world.
This educational framework opens up the gates to even more scenarios of interaction between architects and communities. If the first are mainly involved in the planning of cities, then how do they relate to the latter? Can the architectural education promote a new model of interaction and exchange between architects and the people? The undergoing transformation involves two different but equally important itineraries: from the emancipated student to the reflective practitioner and from the unwary crowd to the enmeshed participants.
This is a personal diary of architectural education research. In the past few years I have collected numerous articles, web pages, papers, reports and related information that by now it has become impossible ot manage. Through this blog I hope I can organize this material and provide you with a map of my readings. There are a lot of personal favorites here and individuals whose work has been extremely inspiring to me. I take this opportunity to thank all the people who upload their research findings making it possible for me to retrieve all this valuable information and make my own connections.
A few words about me.
I was born in Thessaloniki and studied Architecture at the “Sapienza” University of Rome. I later received my diploma in Architecture in 2002 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I have been working as a freelancer ever since my graduation. In 2012 I received a postgraduate degree from the Postgraduate Programme “Architecture – Space -Design” of the National Technical University of Athens. I am currently a PhD candidate of NTUA researching Architectural Education where I also lecture as a teaching assistant. I have also taught the courses of Technical Studies II and III at the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly in 2010 an 2013 and I am currently TECHNE Unit leader at the AMC’s MArch program of the University of Portsmouth where I teach the Technical Studies Component. My research work has been published in online scientific journals and presented in international conferences.
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