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Terms of Engagement: Roundtables on Architectural Education
January 22, 2008, Volume 54, No. 18


Untitled, a digital drawing, by Andrew Ruggles, 2nd year Architecture Design Studio (David Ruy, instructor). See the other architecture students’ designs: www.design.upenn.edu/workworkwork/

The goals of the Penn Compact, which President Amy Gutmann announced three years ago to galvanize the mission of the University of Pennsylvania, focus on the integration of knowledge across disciplines and on engagement, both locally and globally. These goals strike a chord in architecture, long active in integrating across fields to create new knowledge, skills and modes of practice with which to engage the challenges of society.

Terms of Engagement: Roundtables on Architectural Education, Thursday, January 24, 1–7 p.m., Meyerson Galleries in Meyerson Hall; convened by Detlef Mertins, chair, department of architecture, PennDesign.

Terms of Engagement: Roundtables on Architectural Education uses the topics of integration, innovation and engagement to take the pulse of architectural education today. It brings together leading figures within the field and from the sciences and humanities, engineering, business and allied design arts. It asks, how are schools evolving the expertise of our discipline both in depth and breadth, how are they educating for innovation and collaboration, forging new links both within the academy and with the larger world of practice, industry, and development; and how are they educating for new kinds of social and environmental activism and entrepreneurialism.

Integrate: Educating to Evolve Design Expertise and Modes of Practice. Roundtable 1: 1–2:45 p.m.

Innovate: Educating for Innovation in Design. Roundtable 2: 3–4:45 p.m. 

Engage: Educating for alternative models of social engagement. Roundtable 3 : 5–7 p.m.

For further information, contact Kristine Allouchery, (215) 898-5728.

Work Work Work from the Architecture Studios at PennDesign, exhibition and open house, January 21–31, Meyerson Galleries, Meyerson Hall. Opening Reception: January 24, 7–9 p.m., music by DJ Rollie Fingaz and DJ M-ski. Exhibition coordinated by Detlef Mertins, Nadine Kashlan and Kristine Allouchery.


Almanac - January 22, 2008, Volume 54, No. 18