J. Irwin Miller Symposium

"Learning/Doing/Thinking: Educating Architects in the 21st Century"

Event Time

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 6:30pm to Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:30pm


Hastings Hall, Paul Rudolph Building See map
180 York St.
New Haven, CT 06511

This symposium, convened by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, brings together scholars, educators, architects, and administrators to evaluate inherited models, discuss current trends, and speculate about future challenges of architectural education. Acknowledging that architectural education exists at the crossroads of disciplinary, technological, and social changes, the symposium will explore questions in a manner that is historical, theoretical, and critical in nature: What are the major historical models and formats of educational methods? How have disciplinary shifts changed architectural education at various historical moments? What is the ideal balance between critical thinking and learning essential skills and information for practice?


Fertile institutional settings will be explored along with pioneering educators and their methods. Special attention will be paid to alternative platforms and settings for architectural education, as well as key paradigm changes in how architecture is thought about, taught, and practiced. While the main focus will be on contemporary and 20th century developments, 19th century foundations will also be addressed.



Thursday, April 14, 6:30 PM
Robert A.M. Stern
Pedagogy and Place: Celebrating 100 Years of Architecture at Yale

Friday, April 15, 9:30 AM
Pier Vittorio Aureli, Rania Ghosn, Bradley Horn, Robert Somol, Mabel Wilson, Liam Young

Friday, April 15, 1:45 PM
Barry Bergdoll, Anya Bokov, Kim Foerster, Nikolaus Hirsch, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Antoine Picon, Alan Plattus, Surry Schlabs, Lara Shrijver, Martino Stierli

Friday, April 15, 6:30 PM
Keynote Address
Brendan Gill Lecture
Anthony Vidler
Architecture in an Expanded Field

Saturday, April 16, 9:30 AM
Tom Avermaete, Daniel Barber, Eve Blau, Marta Caldeira, Anna Dyson, Pekka Heikkinen, Mark Jarzombek, Edward Mitchell

Saturday, April 16, 2:00 PM
Michelle Addington, Amale Andraos, Deborah Berke, Monica Ponce de Leon, Mohsen Mostafavi, Hashim Sarkis, Brett Steele