The death of aesthetics in architectural education? Possibilities for contemporary pedagogy
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The importance of aesthetics within architecture has a long history. Although evidence suggests that the term was not brought into the place of architectural writing until 17351, the place of aesthetics can be identified across architectural theory and philosophy since the time of Vitruvius. Developing an aesthetic sensibility was seen as crucial for an architect and the study of architecture was understood through the three Vitruvian lenses (utlitas, firmitas, venustas) one of which, venustas, is directly associated with aesthetics. This paper responds to the current and ongoing discussions between architects, architectural educators and architectural students on the role of aesthetics in architectural education and professional practice today. It was initially inspired by questions raised at the 2017 and 2018 annual conferences of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH 2017 and 2018) about the role of architectural history in architectural design and practice today, and in line... with this, questions about place of aesthetics in architectural education. This paper considers the place of aesthetics in architectural education and provides a detailed overview of the key pedagogical interventions undertaken in one architectural studies programme which might serve as a guide for educators interested in maintaining the place of aesthetics in contemporary architectural education. It suggests that aesthetics can continue to play a key role in the architectural curriculum whilst a focus on design problem-solving and achieving the contemporary educational requirements of accreditation is maintained.
Keywords:Aesthetics / Architectural education / Future skills of employment / Criteria for accreditation / Pedagogical interventions
Source:SAJ : Serbian architectural journal, 2019, 11, 3, 553-570
- Belgrade : University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture