Architectural design education raises periodic concern amongst practitioners, commentators and even academics. Katherine Shonfield (AJ 15.7.99) carefully undermines much of the content of architectural courses and defines design as a skill requiring simplification and clarification of information. In the same issue, Professor Brian Edwards laments that sustainability is not central in all schools of architecture, while Professor Peter Jacob bemoans the lack of understanding among certain practitioners of architectural education today.
Design and its context are the core topics in all architectural courses, with varying degrees of success (as seen usually in the end-of-year exhibitions). There does seem to be a lack of real debate about standards, content, relevance, teaching methods, creativity and context.
Readers and commentators may be interested, though, in the forthcoming conference on design education to be held in Glasgow on 17-18 September, at which such central topics will be addressed.
For further information contact: Catriona Kerr, rias, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1, tel 0131 229 7545, or fax 0131 228 2188.
Ian Appleton, Edinburgh