In 2007 an ad-hoc committee established by three faculty members developed a new seminar to design the first College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) publication of architecture student work. In discussion with the eighteen students involved in this pilot publication (AD2 - Architecture + Design + Discourse - due out in fall 2007), it has become clear that this is a component of the Architecture Department’s commitment to education, building a historical record of student work, and outreach that must be continued. The benefits of making this an annual publication touch the students involved in the process, the general student population of the Architecture Department, and CAED.
The annual creation of a publication promotes active discussions about the strengths of the polytechnic education, discussions particularly timely today as the Architecture Department promotes a learning environment that is at the intersection of theory and practice, art and science. The composition of a publication is an opportunity to reflect on particular strengths within our curriculum, such as design, sustainability and cross-disciplinary methodology. In addition, as this is a student-led publication it brings together a cross-section of students and creates an opportunity for them to reflect on their education at this institution and at this time. Beyond those involved in the making of the publication it will have an impact on the department through the creation of a historical repository of students’ work.
The annual publication will be accompanied by an exhibition to mark the start of the new academic year: a time to create momentum, as well as a marker of the identity of the school at that moment in time. This publication and exhibition will uniquely reflect work of all student levels, a needed collective to capture the cohesion and diversity of this large Architecture Department. Annual publication of the student work in conjunction with the exhibition and accompanying web gallery will only be accomplished through your commitment and generous support. Donors supporting this project will receive a complementary copy of the publication and an invitation to the exhibition.