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INTBAU World Congress
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London, 18-19 February 2015

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CHRISTINE FRANCK — CENTRE FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH IN TRADITIONAL
ARCHITECTURE (CARTA), UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER; INTBAU USA

The Congress’ session on education began with Christine Franck (CARTA at the University of Colorado Denver), who gave an overview of the current architectural education system in the USA. Christine suggested some changes and improvements that could be made, and also cited positive examples of the changes already taking place.

Christine G.H. Franck is a designer, educator, and author. Her design work ranges from award-winning residential design to preservation, landscape and decorative projects. In 2002 HRH The Prince of Wales awarded her with the first and only Public Service Award of The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment for her outstanding contribution to the study of architecture and design. Her design work has garnered prizes as diverse as a Palladio Award for new residential construction and the John Staub and Historic Fort Worth awards for preservation.
Christine G. H. Franck currently serves as the first Director of the new Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning, where she also maintains her design practice.

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Summary Notes

  • There are many problems that begin with the training of architects
  • In USA there is a Architectural Registration Examination in each state
  • 3 years as intern common
  • Ever more obstacles are being created although the intention is to streamline
  • To practice today you have to have a degree – not so in the past
  • Training costs 30000 dollars/year for seven years leaving nearly 500000 dollars of debt at the end
  • 40000 dollars starting salary
  • Five accrediting boards work together and NAAB, the most germane, determines degrees accreditation
  • But few courses have anything to do with materials, construction
  • Critical skills and social skills are taught but roof pitches not so much
  • Balance has shifted too far to scholarship and theory
  • By avoiding practical matters students pass
  • Dominance of modernism is at such a degree
  • Only one school in the USA deals with tradition
  • Now changing for the better
  • Increase over last 40 years in traditional thinking
  • 1989 start of classicism at Notre Dame
  • 1991 ICCA first summer school. Now important. 4000 paying members. Now chapters around the USA.
  • At Miami, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberg is principle
  • Prince’s Foundation still active in the USA
  • American College of the Building Arts
  • INTBAU chapter
  • Now CARTA in Denver  to focu son  traditional and classical architecture
  • Architecture, Urbanism, landscape architecture
  • 1250 students produced by Notre Dame, but architecture is dominated still by an anti-human agenda
  • We are against urban sprawl and for beauty
  • In history we have example of how to build well
  • Are we close to the tipping point?
  • Education is the route forward