Anthony Burke, Associate Professor and Head of School, Architecture at UTS, writes the Editorial for the Nov-Dec 2011 Issue of Architecture Bulletin:

At the Institute’s National Conference this year, I recall Sean Godsell as he sat next to Juhani Pallasmaa on stage, saying that the education of an architect should involve taking up an axe, walking into the bush, cutting down a tree and building a shelter. The rush of tweets that followed (at least the ones I saw) were along the lines of ‘wtf!’, and for me highlighted the two separate ideas of the architect that existed in the room at the time. One, the Godsell position, the hands-on bushman’s version of the poetics of space and landscape, and the other, a discursive space of collective action and agency. Call them a belief in the individual creator, or the networked architect.

Schools of architecture are based on an implicit and sometimes explicit position on the future of the discipline, a polemic that schools wear on their sleeve as they vie for student enrolments and seek to stay competitive. Achieving vocational readiness for future-proof graduates, a design cache and research expertise is a balance that each school uniquely strikes.

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Read the full Editorial: Architecture Bulletin Editorial Nov Dec 2011

Architecture Bulletin is the journal of the Australian Institute of Architects, published six times a year, continuously since 1944.