FIRST TRANSNATIONAL MEETING AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LONDON
On 13 December 2019, we met in London at the Royal College of Art for our first two-day Transnational Meeting. The partners restated the objectives and methodological approach of Architecture’s Afterlife together with the research timeline. The project aims to study why on average, 40% of European Architecture graduates migrate to sectors other than architecture. The Architecture’s Afterlife survey and interviews will allow us to understand the quantitative and qualitative aspect of this migration and also to collect important data including dropout rates by school and country, or professional choices by gender. We had a preliminary conversation on the findings from a survey entitled “Architectural Education: A Progression Inquiry” which was launched in January 2018 and provided initial data for developing Architecture’s Afterlife. The layout and content of the Architecture’s Afterlife website was also discussed including the philosophy of the study, a descriptive bibliography, reports of the Multiplier and Transnational Meetings, the findings from the 2018 survey and the link to the Architecture’s Afterlife survey.
First transnational meeting minutes
SECOND TRANSNATIONAL MEETING AT THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE IN ZAGREB
On 27 February 2020, we met at the University of Zagreb for our second two-day Transnational Meeting. We discussed the Architecture’s Afterlife website, the questions to be included in the survey, and the various ways to disseminate the study. The University of Zagreb presented the preview of the website with its intentionally informal and friendly interface, a dynamic placement of information and its use of one typeface in serif and sans-serif which emphasizes the “afterlife” of architecture. The University of Antwerp and the Catholic University of Leuven presented some findings from the survey entitled “Architectural Education: A Progression Inquiry” conducted by the partners in 2018. Included in this early survey, the open-ended question “Which were the most important skills you have learned in your architectural education?” is central to the Architecture’s Afterlife study. Its answers were analyzed and categorized with the intention to reformulate a new multiple-choice question in the Architecture’s Afterlife survey. A first categorization of the skills mentioned in the answers included: creativity, research, endurance, teamwork, architectural thinking, and ability to doubt. Significantly, only half of the skills developed by architects during their school years are related to the discipline of architecture, while the other half are social or emotional skills. Although the professional qualifications for architects laid down by the European Commission (Directive 2005/36/EC) do not include social skills as learning outcomes, there is an “emotional intelligence” that the schools of architecture in Europe clearly teach and architects understand as essential. The Architecture’s Afterlife study intends to acknowledge and analyze in depth these skills to understand their role in today’s architecture practices and interdisciplinary value.
Second transnational meeting minutes
On 17 September 2020, the partners met online to discuss the progress of Architecture’s Afterlife and, in particular, the organization of the Inception Meeting scheduled for early October. This meeting will include the members of the External Advisory Board and an audience of practitioners and scholars of pedagogy in architectural education. We decided that the meeting will start with the introduction of the partners and the External Advisory Board, it will continue with the presentation of the project and end in a collective discussion. Due to the on-line format, the meeting will last 2 hours and 30 minutes. We discussed the list of guests and the invitation procedure. The survey was viewed by the partners and decisions regarding the languages to include were made. Finally, the partners discussed the involvement of the External Advisory Board and a list of its members was defined.