Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America
Joan Ockman, ed. with Rebecca Williamson research editor
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012
This large volume with contributions of individual authors was published on the occasion of the Centennial Anniversary of the ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) in the US. The emergence of current architectural teaching out of the Beaux Arts tradition is in many ways responsible for shaping our current attitudes towards the relationship between architecture and preservation. The preservation of modern architecture in turn is directly tied in to the teaching of modern architecture but also faces dilemmas rooted in the theories and ideas of the 19th Century Arts and Crafts movement. Understanding these often conflicting ideas are the basis for formulating a comprehensive and contemporary theory. Ockman’s book is not only an impressive piece in content and volume but also allows us to place the teaching of preservation in the larger context of architectural education of the last hundred years.