School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne – Richard Blythe
Operating according to an experimental studio model, with a particular focus on technology as applied to landscapes, cities and objects, the Australian school – also based in Ho Chi Minh City and Barcelona – teaches that architecture is the result of a dialogue between multiple strongly expressed opinions, and that it must be guided by designers.
University of Waterloo School of Architecture at Cambridge, Ontario – Eric Haldenby, Lorenzo Pignatti
The relocation of the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture to Cambridge, Ontario, has produced an extraordinary bond between school and city. Its long-time former director and the director of the Waterloo Rome Programme give their account of one of the most innovative universities in Canada.
Escuela de arquitectura, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – Emilio De la Cerda
The oldest School of Architecture in Chile is rising to the new challenge of improving the relationship between the discipline and the city, after experiencing two golden decades that produced prominent architects such as Radic, Aravena, Puga and Irarrázaval.
Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidade de São Paulo – Maria Angela Faggin Pereira Leite, Ricardo Azevedo Marques
By combining urban planning with architectural design, the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in São Paulo aims to shape interdisciplinary professionals able to tackle the requirements of architecture, urbanism and design. In its educational programme, practice and theory are not considered alternatively, but as the necessary building blocks of good training.
Faculty of Architecture, University of Tokyo – Manabu Chiba
Offering wide-ranging professional training which goes beyond traditional design fields is the strength of the teaching in this faculty – part of a university federation that includes a total of ten faculties, as well as graduate schools and research institutes. It is a vision that has led to a focus on the various problems presented by land use, and to an emphasis on computational and parametric design.
The Harvard University Graduate School of Design, GSD – Mohsen Mostafavi
The Dean of one of the most prestigious schools of architecture in the United States tells Domus about his institution’s awareness of the important role it needs to play on a worldwide level and about its quest to increase the value of design imagination and design excellence.
Rhode Island School of Design – Rosanne Somerson
Founded in 1877 to educate the public about the importance of art and design, and linked from the beginning to the region’s quality manufacturing, the Rhode Island School of Design today combines a hands-on practical approach with the study of the humanities, and considers unreached aims not as failure, but as an ulterior chance for students to reformulate their response.
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