ACE General Assembly 1/17 - SPECIAL SESSION 6 May 2017
Piazza Manfredo Fanti, 47, 00185 Roma, Italy


The Symposium took place all day on the 6th May 2017 and was dedicated to the relationship of architectural education and the practise of architecture. How do we educate our young professionals and for what do we prepare them? If the very nature of architectural practice is rapidly changing, how should adapt to the "ne^w reality"? What is the future of profession and what can contemporary practising architects and educators do to influence the future development of the discipline? What does ever-expanding globalisation mean for the relevance, resilience, responsibility and role of architects?

Distinguished and renowned speakers from the world of academia and the profession shared their views on the ways we teach and practice architecture today, as well as suggest paths to take us to the future.


  1. Examine tendencies that illustrate different models and ideas of progressive architectural education, that are vital in responding to the ever changing needs of society. Examples and legislation will help to highlight the problems.

  2. Touch on the relationship between Green and Business. How can the architect can be initiator and advocate for responsible practice

  3. Internationalisation – what it means in theory and what it means in practice and how are the universities and the profession coping?

  4. How is technology shaping education? How is technology shaping the profession?

  5. Do we need to recreate the Ideal Architect? Will he/she coordinate? Innovate? Lead or follow? What are the market forces that are influencing us, negatively or positively? Can technology help us go back to a different form of public participation and urban democracy?

  6. Will constraint reignite creativity and bring with it a new social conscience?





Luciano Lazzari


Session 1
Integrated Strategies

Matteo Robiglio

Is there a Global Education?

Presentation - Video

Johan De Walsche


Presentation - Video

Catherine Jacquot

Les stratégies intégrés 

Presentation - Video (only in French)


Jane Duncan

A Socially Inclusive Education?

Presentation - Video

Session 2
ReRegulating the Profession

Margaret O'Flanagan

EU Legislation - education, training, mobility and international recognition

Presentation - Video

Tarald Lundevall

Education and Profession: "A Wicked" relationship

Presentation - Video


Jordi Ludevid i Anglada

What kind of future? For what kind of profession?

Presentation - Video


Saverio Mecca

Formazione, professione e ricerca, una visone sistemica

Video (only in Italian)

Session 3
The Global Architect?

Roger Riewe

The Global Architect? The Glocal Architect!

Presentation - Video

Nuno Soares

Asian Urban Lab: A comparative study


Tomohiko Yamanashi

Next Generation Buildings

Presentation - Video

Conclusion Karl Otto Ellefsen


Presentation - Video

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