ASAE08 - ”THE POSITIVE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE”

This year’s ASAE takes place on September 5th and 6th, consisting of lectures and symposium at the
School of Architecture, Lund University. The objective of the symposium is to assemble deans and
professors of the leading architectural educations in Europe, America and other parts of the world.
The contemporary schools of architecture need an ambitious education to meet current market conditions and match the knowledge and culture that exist today.

The symposium will be structured around a number of relevant themes; Teaching vs. Quality, Organizations vs. Possibilities of education, Economy driven planning vs. Qualitative programs, Demanding students vs. Unprepared teachers and Practical experimental teaching vs. Conventional theoretic systems.

Sixteen representatives from sixteen different schools of architecture are invited: Professor Sir Peter
Cook, London. Professor Bijan Youssefzadeh, Arlington, Texas - Professor Lars Lerup, Rice University, Houston. Professor Eric Moss, SCI-ARC, LA - Professor Thom Mayne, UCLA - Professor
Neil Denari, UCLA, LA. Professor Wolf Prix, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Wien – Professor
Will Alsop, Berlin. Professor Mark Wigley, Columbia University, New York – Professor William J.
McDonald, Pratt Institute, New York. Professor Christine Hawley, Bartlett, London – Professor
Brett Steele, Architectural Association, London. Professor Odile Decq, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture,
Paris – Professor Wytze Patijn, Delft University of Technology/Architecture, Delft. Professor Sven
Felding, Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole, Copenhagen - Professor Abelardo Gonzalez, Lunds Universitet/ Arkitektur, Lund.
Moderator will be Professor Morten Lund.

Through lectures and discussions the participants of ASAE08 will try to cover the following questions:
• Why is the positive school of architecture needed?
• Where does it aim?
• Which kinds of teachers are necessary for such a special higher education?
• What advantages does it provide?
• What difficulties may confront it: administrative systems, economy, lack of capable teachers, lack of objectives, and lack of policies?
• Which type of architects does each school want to obtain: designer, administrative, researcher, academics, practicing architects?
• Is a school with a very strong profile positive?
• What needs does such an education have, an education activity characterized by the interaction between theory and practice?
• What academic requirements should be included?
• What pragmatic requirements should such an education be placed on?
• How are the educational objectives created and communicated?
• Is it possible to eliminate the considerable scepticism from various conservative directions
in architectural education and research that tend to characterize Sweden today?

Succeeding is essential for adequately developing in the ground education creative program, which is
essential for research of this kind. As well as achieving an effective interaction between input, output
and feedback that is needed to link such type of education to the market (e.g. to society generally) and to successful financing strategies, and at the same time provide a truly meaningful content.

Professor Sir Peter Cook,
Guest Professor at the School of Architecture, Lund University

Professor Abelardo Gonzalez
Chairman of the Educational Board at the School of Architecture,
Lund University


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