Archive for June/2011

30
Jun

Martha Thorne, Associate Dean of External Relations at IE School of Architecture IE University, talks to architect, UCLA Professor and Pritzker Prize Winner, Thom Mayne about the next challenges for architectural Education at the lecture of the International Architectural Education Summit 2011. The Summit was held at IE University and organized by IE School of Architecture and UCLA.

30
Jun

Del 30 de junio al 2 de julio, IE University organiza Algomad 2011, un seminario de herramientas digitales para la arquitectura e ingeniería.  ALGOMAD 2011 está pensado como un encuentro de profesores, estudiantes y profesionales de la arquitectura y la construcción que compartan la idea de que los medios digitales son “algo más que un instrumento” en la medida en que abren nuevos caminos de exploración para la experimentación formal. El seminario incluye cursos básicos y avanzados de Grashopper y Generative Components y unos talleres de Processing y Rhinoscript. 

En la edición de 2011, ALGOMAD plantea el aprendizaje mediante la aplicación de estas técnicas a los campos de la Fabricación Digital y el Análisis Generativo. Esto es posible gracias a la colaboración de IE University, que pone a disposición su laboratorio de fabricación digital NuDL. La estructura de ALGOMAD se basa en dos días de talleres intensivos en los que se introducirán los métodos y programas más avanzados disponibles en la actualidad por tutores expertos. El último día se destinará al trabajo individual o en grupo con la asistencia de los tutores y con acceso a las herramientas de fabricación digital de IE University. 

El seminario se desarrollará en Madrid los días 30 y 1 de julio, mientras que la sesión del sábado 2 de julio se hará en el campus de Segovia.

30
Jun

International Architectural Education Summit 2011. Outcomes 

(Spanish Version Below)

Symposium 1: Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Reality, Opportunity or the Erosion of Architecture 

Odile Decq, Director General at Ecole Special d’Atchitecture in Paris explained that Architecture is no longer a closed discipline but must be much more opened to other disciplines. It is through inter-trans disciplinary collaboration that architects can redefine themselves in today’s complex environment. Today’s architect must be more engaged and embrace diversity. It is through cross-disciplinary collaboration that new creativity can be found.  Architects must push back the limits and search outside, explore through the unknown.  It is in this way that a richer and productive end can be found and we can create possibilities for the unknown future. It is important to provide unpredictability and joyful disorder at schools.

                Hitoshi Abe questioned how interdisciplinary collaboration is possible. He explained how in the United States the studio centered structure of traditional architectural degree programs is based on the accreditation system. This model works well for a standard degree programs based on a semester.  However it is hard to incorporate research or collaboration with companies that have a very different rhythm of working than the semester/quarter system schools. At UCLA, currently they offer two programs that run in different rhythms. One, the more traditional fast professional degree and two, a research based institution. Gregg Lynn’s Supra Studio based on the second model focused on developing processes and ideas for Disney Imaginarium, the collaborative cooperation of this Supra studio.

                Donna Robertson, dean at the School of Architecture of Illinois Institute of Technology, explained how at her school they now offer different Masters Degrees: Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture and most recently Master of Integrated Building Delivery which provides the student with the tools for management, fundamentals of economics of buildings, client relationship and entrepreneurship for the sake of a better community, to allow the architect to initiate projects rather than just executing them. Architecture must be broadened and architects must be empowered to be able to respond to the complexity of life.

                Javier Quintana explained how geographical borders are becoming blurred in architecture schools and increasingly collaborations are seen between different schools. However these exchanges of ideas and partnerships are still between architecture schools and within our own profession rather than across different disciplines. According to a recent data, students studying Architecture at a Masters level only represents 1 % of Masters Degrees studied in all fields. Business and Education hold the top positions with over 20% of student population. This data then questions how can architecture be more present in the other fields. How can we architects make a jump to the other world. His suggestion was in favor of the discipline of architecture permeating into other fields,  not just other fields into architecture. Read more…

30
Jun

Deans from the top schools of architecture met on 24-26 June 2011 at IE University to debate innovation in architectural education. At the IAES Summit 2011, IE University had the chance to interview a few of them on the next challenges for the schools and their students.

Participated to this video: Hitoshi Abe (UCLA); Javier Quintana (IE School of Architecture); Thom Mayne (Prizker Winner + UCLA); Donna Robertson (IIT); Mark Wigley (Columbia); Odile Decq (Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture); Hans Jurgen Comerell (ANCB); Peter Cook (Bartlett); Neelkanth Chhaya (CEPT); and Rob Gregory (Architectural Review)

30
Jun

Según revela el I Informe “Los perfiles universitarios más demandados por las empresas en España”,  de IE University y Kreab Gavin Anderson  

Según el I Informe “Los perfiles universitarios más demandados por las empresas en España”, elaborado por el IE University  y la consultora de comunicación Kreab Gavin Anderson, las empresas valoran la proactividad, autoexigencia, capacidad de trabajo y de sacrificio, movilidad geográfica y automotivación, como las cinco aptitudes que más deben mejorar los recién titulados. Sin embargo, aptitudes como la puntualidad, sinceridad, capacidad de aprendizaje y movilidad funcional están superadas por los universitarios que se incorporan a las empresas. 

El estudio revela que el 71% de las empresas encuestadas prefiere un titulado (grado/licenciatura) con una educación interdisciplinar porque aprende más rápido. “Las empresas valoran más la formación en soft skills que la técnica – conocimientos de hard skills – les importa más formar a personas que a técnicos”, afirma Francisco Mata, coordinador del informe y decano de estudios de grado de IE University. Read more…

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