Project Context is an alternative, probing review of architecture education in 2011.

Project Context is an alternative, probing review of architectural education Project Context challenges assumptions in arch education, long overdue Project Context has been directed by graduates but aided by practitioners from every edge Project Context shamelessly acknowledges an aporetic approach Project Context sits amongst a survey, a proposition, an experiment, a motive force & a community ethic Project Context visited 22 schools of architecture in May, June & July 2011 Project Context is uncensored and independent Project Context has been indirectly funded by the Department for Work and Pensions

Who is Project Context?

What does Project Context do?

Where is Project Context?

an earlier description …

A general introduction

In 2011, the future for architects in the UK and Ireland is in a state of flux and uncertainty. You only need to look at the Building Futures’ report The Future for Architects, the WhatNow? project or ZAP’s upcoming righteous rant about student fees to sense the anxiety in the architecture industry. In a profession which requires a minimum of seven years training to qualify, it seems only fitting to ask  how are the next generation of architects being future-proofed? Goodness knows the last few generations were not backward compatible!

→ Should schools of architecture cut their student admissions?
→ Has the construction industry’s fawning over CAD ‘drawing
efficiency’ eff ectively strangled the craft & art of the student
hand-made drawing?
→ What if we dissolve schools of architecture?
→ Have students too heavy a reliance on their final drawings?

These are a taste of the questions that Project Context seeks answers for. Project Context is an alternative, probing review of architecture education in 2011. Directed by Seán McAlister and Max Gane, [part 2 architecture graduates, twice removed], Project Context challenges
assumptions in architectural education, asking questions about the link between institutional training and the architectural profession.


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