In September 2013 I was honoured to be invited as a speaker at the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit in Berlin:
Conceptualised and organised by UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles; ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin; IE School of Architecture, Madrid in collaboration with the Cassiopeia Foundation, Düsseldorf. The summit provided a platform for exploring approaches to address new directions in architecture education.
It broadened and deepened the continuous ANCB debate, which started with its inaugural symposium ‘Educating the Global Architect’ in 2009. The 3rd IAES in Berlin focused on the acute issues at the intersection of three thematic panels: ‘The Role of Alternative Architecture Education Platforms’, ‘Interdisciplinary Strategies in Architecture Education’ and ‘Collaboration between Architecture Education and Non-Academic Partners’.
The summit was dedicated to fostering a constructive dialogue between leading academics, practitioners, policy makers and industry representatives concerned with ideas to take architecture education forward.
* taken from http://www.ancb.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=9708635#.U9er2PmSx8E
I was asked to speak about my work and the role of architecture in education nature of Architectural teaching and research in South Africa:
If you cannot see the video, you can watch it here:
Understandably the topics I put forward around emergent design, socio-technical processes and civil based engagement were not on the main agenda, with the large debates discussing robotics in architecture, funding models through research and a large interest in Eastern Asian Urbanism and Architecture.
The highlight of the conference was my opportunity to present alongside those who I had studied for so long, most notably Tatjana Schneider, who’s amazing work with Jeremy Till through the Spatial Agency has guided so much of my research.
It was quite difficult to be comfortable at such an event as the youngest person there (as well as the only African) but on a whole those that I did connect with were very welcoming and open to discussion.