Ethics and excellence are main values and goals an architect should pursue in their professional development. At least, this is the motto of the professors at the A+A Chair of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Buenos Aires: Álvaro Arrese and Alberto Álvarez.
The chair was part of the first different, diverse academic disciplines that arrived to the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, with the return to democracy in Argentina on the early 1980s. The A+A fellows believe that an architect must be fully aware of the limitations inherent in the environment they work in. They emphasize that these limitations should not be considered obstacles but rather opportunities to enhance creativity and maximize the qualities of whatever is being created.
Organized in a vertical manner, the chair attempts to integrate every practical or theoretical exercise suggested to the students across many levels of study, from the freshmen in Architecture I, to Urban Design in the last year of a six year long degree. A focused contextualization is the way that the chair considers the best to propose to the architecture students, with a special emphasis on location, climate and most importantly, the culture prevailing in the place and user interpretation.
To review history surely gives us feedback for the present, and both fellows agree that excellency is the main goal and that this tradition of the Buenos Aires’ School of Architecture can’t be lost.
What do you believe is the best way to teach architecture? Should the architectural education system be reviewed in general?
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