Meet the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE)

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Meet the delegates of the inaugural conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE), which convened at Nottingham Trent University from 3 to 5 April 2013. The AAE is a new organisation with which I am honoured to have been involved since its first meeting. I’m continuing to work with on the development of Charrette, the association’s forthcoming journal, the first issue of which will present articles developed from papers presented at the conference.

The aims of the AAE are fivefold:

  • To develop, support and represent communities of practice and learning in architectural education in the U.K. and Ireland.
  • To encourage research and scholarship of teaching and learning in architectural education through critical and reflective discourse.
  • To foster inclusive dialogues between the aae community, students and employers, and educational and professional bodies.
  • To promote the value, richness, quality, and diversity inherent in architectural education.
  • To operate with principles of inclusivity, transparency, and sustainability.

The AAE has been inspired in many ways by the success of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), which has over the last decade sought to promote, support develop and disseminate high-quality research in architectural history, theory, culture, design and urbanism. As architectural educators, it is clear that we have to continuously develop and promote the work that we do, and a professional association such as the AAE is of fundamental importance in both encouraging and celebrating excellence.

The tireless and spirited conference organisers, Victoria Farrow and Marisela Mendoza are standing in the centre foreground. A few steps behind them is Thomas Dutton of Miami University, Ohio, one of three invited keynote speakers (alongside Reinier de Graaf of OMA and Peter Cook), about whose work I’ll write more in a future post.

Edit: and yes, I’m in that photo. If it weren’t for my bouffant hair style you might miss me.

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