AASA participation in the 2022 ACSA Teachers Summit at Pratte Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn, New York
Friday, 29 July 2022
The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia is delighted to report that Dr Liz Brogden, a representative of the AASA Climate Action Committee, attended the ACSA Teachers Summit: Summit for Climate Agency on 7-8 July 2022, at Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn, New York.
The Pratt Institute School of Architecture hosted the two-day event as a follow-up to the 2021 ACSA/EAAE Teacher's Conference Curriculum for Climate Agency. The event was grounded on the premise that climate change requires architects to engage with the natural sciences. A series of roundtable discussions and workshops broadly responded to the provocation of how architects might bring field research and design together through education. As such, experimental architectural approaches, including ideas of observation, hypothesis, testing, and analysis, were foregrounded throughout the conference and in the final exhibition event Experimental Landings.
A report prepared by Dr Brogden summarises observations and learnings from the 2022 ACSA Teachers Summit, which focused on how climate agency is fostered in architecture education by "teaching the design experiment".
A copy of the report can be viewed here.
Author: Dr Liz Brogden
AASA Climate Action Committee Members: Associate Professor Philip Oldfield (UNSW), Professor Naomi Stead (RMIT University), Professor Chris Knapp (Bond university) and Associate Professor Dagmar Reinhardt (University of Sydney).
Climate Literacy and Action in Architectural Education - Australasian Perspectives Project Report is now available!
Friday, 4 March 2022
Climate Literacy and Action in Architecture Education - Australasian Perspectives Project Report is a summary of the results of a survey conducted in 2021 across all architecture schools in Australia and New Zealand. The survey was undertaken as part of a broader project that aimed to understand curricula and engagement with climate change in architecture education. Additionally, the project sought to examine current knowledge, values, and beliefs about climate change among staff and students in architecture schools. The project was funded and supported by the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA) and the Australian Institute of Architects
You can access the report here
The report was prepared by Dr Liz Brogden, University of Queensland and assisted by the AASA Climate Action Group - Professor Chris Knapp, Bond University; Associate Professor Philip Oldfield, UNSW; Associate Professor Dagmar Reinhardt, University of Sydney; Professor Naomi Stead, Monash University and Dr Naima Iftikhar, Queensland University of Technology and Ms Charlotte Kessler, Queensland University of Technology.
Climate Literacy and Action in Architectural Education Survey - Seeking Your Participation Now!
Thursday, 30 September 2021
In 2019 a group of UK recipients of the Stirling Prize launched the Architects Declare with a commitment to addressing the climate and biodiversity emergency. The link to the declaration can be found here. In response to this global movement, the Climate Action Working Group was established in late 2019 led by Professor Chris Knapp (Bond University), Associate Professor Philip Oldfield (UNSW Sydney), Professor Naomi Stead (Monash University) and Associate Professor Dagmar Reinhardt (University of Sydney) with an aim to prepare students and architects for climate change challenges. A preliminary study on climate action in architectural education was conducted at this time. In early 2021, the AASA commissioned Dr Liz Brogden and Dr Naima Iftikhar from QUT to conduct a pilot study exploring three major areas relating to climate action. They were: (1) Values and Beliefs; (2) University activity; and (3) What is Needed? This pilot study was completed in mid-2021.
An overview of this initiative can be viewed here.
Following the completion of the study, Dr Liz Brogden and Dr Naima Iftikhar are currently working on Stage Two of the Project, Climate Literacy and Action in Architectural Education Survey. The survey can be found here.
The AASA strongly encourage members/academics/students/practitioners to undertake the survey. The closing date is 12 October 2021.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact:
Dr Liz Brogden, Queensland University of Technology
+61 7 3138 8163
// on behalf of the research team
Professor Chris Knapp, Bond University
Associate Professor Philip Oldfield, UNSW
Associate Professor Dagmar Reinhardt, University of Sydney
Professor Naomi Stead, Monash University
Dr Naima Iftikhar, Queensland University of Technology