APEC 611 Studies in Contemporary Practice

Taking a moderate, albeit speculative approach, this course focuses on the manifold internal and external contexts that inform architectural practice and education. These include the history and development of the profession and education practices, the role of technology, the impact of litigation and contemporary culture; economic drivers and wealth creation; management practices; the social underpinnings of architectural education and practice; and the various criteria pursuant to the mantle of professional practitioner. The course concludes with a significant case studies component, where those firms that exhibit a particular typology of practice are analyzed in light of the issues addressed over the course of the term.