Implementing Architecture
Cornell and the Education of Architects

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Implementing Architecture
Cornell and the Education of Architects

It is widely perceived today that there is an intrinsic tension between freedom of ideas in architectural education and the pragmatics of negotiation in the building process. Architecture remains one of the few professions that still allow dreams, but all designs, banal or avant-garde, must endure constraints of reality and seemingly unbearable compromises when put to realization. To their credit, architecture schools largely privilege abstract thinking in the design studio. This discrepancy between the education of architects and the practice of architecture produces an obscure yet revealing dynamic between the two realms, and it is this disjunction that enables the distance necessary to stretch and expand the boundaries of the architectural vocation.

This issue of a+u revisits Cornells architecture program as a critique on the education of the architect. Alluding to new directions in thinking about the profession and its educational needs, Mohsen Mostafavi, Cornells new dean, convened a symposium titled The Project Architect: Implementing Design. Presented in this issue are the excerpts from the symposiums seven presentations. Immersed in the daily travails of the projects from conception to completion, these project architects bring a very different perspective to how the buildings can be seen and unveil the internal dynamics of the firms they represent. An interview with Dean Mostafavi contextualizes and elaborates on the connection between the symposium and education in broader terms. Essays by Werner Goehner and Val Warke recall Cornells struggles with pedagogy in its institutional history. Cornell has represented a certain orthodox in architectural education since the days of Colin Rowe and O.M. Ungers. The school may yet renew its leadership through the changes it is embarking upon.
Angela Pang

Interview with Mohsen Mostafavi
Education in Process: New Directions at Cornell
Interviewer: Seng Kuan, Angela Pang

Michael Arad / Handel Architects LLP
World Trade Center Site Memorial

Ascan Mergenthaler Herzog & de Meuron
The de Young Museum pageview

Silvia Kuhle Morphosis
Caltrans District 7 Headquarters pageview

Essay: Phenomenal Transparencies and Palpable Tensions:
Architecture at Cornell in the 1970s
Val K. Warke

Charles Renfro Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Blur Building pageview

Blaine Brownell NBBJ

Essay: On O.M. Ungers
Werner Goehner

Derek Sola Gehry Partners, LLP
The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciencesat the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joshua Prince-Ramus OMANY
Seattle Central Library

The Project Architect: Implementing Design Panel Discussion:
Distance, Collaboration, Obfuscation

Essay: The Project Architect: Restructuring Practice
Mason White

Alumni Recollection: Go West
Arthur Gensler

Alumni Recollection: Zeal of Colin Rowe
Mui Ho

Series: New Relationship between Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Part 4
Gross.Max.: Landscape Architecture and the Complex Nature of the Public Realm
Lucy Bullivant