Wednesday, 22 July 2009


ASAE is an annual two-day seminar at the School of Architecture, Lund University. It celebrates the beginning of the academic year. The aim is to keep an annual ongoing discussion about international education programs and architectural education strategies. ASAE promotes encounters between different schools of architecture in Europe, America and other countries, taking into consideration the objectives of the School of Architecture in Lund: Architectural Design, Experiment and Construction.

ASAE is meant to be a public event and the ambition is to also engage local and international architects, teachers, students, politicians etc. in an open discussion about architecture and design.

The first ASAE was held in the autumn of 2003 and has since then become an ongoing autumn semester event at Lund University.

The aim of ASAE is:
- To present and compare different architectural education programs.
- To analyse different education programs, with the object of improving the level at LTH-A.
- To develop ideas that could become contra-punctual processes in which several sources could participate, interact and overlay. In this way we will continually generate new architectural attitudes and new impulses.
- To discuss how ideas, concepts and dreams may be realised as constructed artefacts.
- To investigate how concepts, which may be obscure or apparently unrealisable, can be developed into a real building, with the conceptual ideas carried through to the final architectural proposal.
- To discuss how to solve economic and political problems that endanger the level of architectural education and that may result in future professional work in architectural practice, research, and education suffering.

ASAE08 – The Positive School of Architecture
The discussion of the ASAE08 focused on how architectural education, through the different conditions of the schools represented, could be performed in a positive environment. Different strategies of openness, accessibility, collaboration and quality are to be taken into consideration to further develop the systems of architectural education.

ASAE07 – Creative Research
The symposium of 2007 focused on architectural research based on practical experiments. The aim of the symposium was to conceptualise the need of practically oriented research appropriate to the current market conditions and to the climate of knowledge, as it presently exists, considering digital techniques as the essential tools for design.

ASAE06 – Architects of Clarity
With the subtitle “Definitive Architecture – Articulated with Clarity”, the symposium discussed the architect’s role as a leader of an office or a teacher for young future architects. The subject provided many different outcomes that on one hand gave a fantastic voyage for the listeners but on the other hand made it very difficult to conclude.

ASAE05 – Architecture Education vs. Practice
The topic for ASAE05 was “Contemporary architectural academic and practice based discourse vs. the need for updated educational strategies”. The need of Swedish architectural education to evolve towards the Bologna model, as well as questions of how we can create an academic environment that adjusts itself after changing demands and methods where the most discussed themes during the symposium.

ASAE04 – Architectural Investigation
The theme of 2004’s ASAE was the concept of Architectural Investigation as a shared platform between the education and the profession. The profession offers the focus and determination that help the schools transform their experiments into the realizable, and the education proposes working methods that open for new ideas. Yet – it is often a difficult task to enhance these kinds of open investigations into built architecture. The qualities of the vibrant conceptual models are often lost when translated into build-able blueprints.
ASAE03 - Experiment & Excellence
The symposium discussed two main concepts in the architecture education: “Experiment & Excellence” as a common ground for the overall topic of the different architecture schools education program.

The different topics discussed throughout each year’s ASAE have every year been taken into account for changes in our curriculum at the School of Architecture in Lund.

Guest Professors and Practicing Architects at ASAE since 2003 are:
Professor Emeritus and practicing architect Sir Peter Cook, London. Professors & practicing architects Marcos Cruz & Marjan Colletti, the Bartlett and marcosandmarjan, London. Practicing architect John Cramer, Tower 151, Zagreb. Professor and practicing architect Odile Decq, Odile Decq Benoit Cornette Architectes Urbanistes, Dean of “Ecole Spéciale”, Paris. Professor and practicing architect Hernan Diaz Alonso, Xefirotarch and SCI-Arc, LA and Columbia University, NY. Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Professor Halina Dunin, School of Architecture, Oslo. Professor and practicing architect Kathryn Findlay, Ushida/Findlay, Tokyo and University of Dundee, UK. Professor and practicing architect David Garcia, Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts and David Garcia Studio, Copenhagen. Professor and practicing architect Itsuko Hasegawa, Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier, Tokyo. Professor and practicing architect Christine Hawley, Dean of Bartlett School of Architecture, London. Professor and practicing architect Thomas Hellquist, School of Architecture, Lund. Professor Simon Herron, the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. “Arkitektur” Magazine Editor and architect Olof Hultin, Stockholm. Professor and practicing architect Helle Juul, Juul & Frost Architect Office, Copenhagen. Professor and practicing architect Sulan Kolatan, KOL/MAC LLC, NY. Practicing architect Gunilla Kronvall, Town planning Office, Malmö. Professor Lars Lerup, Dean of Rice School of Architecture, Houston. Professor and practicing architect CJ Lim, The Bartlett and Studio 8 Architects, London. Professor and practicing architect Morten Lund, Copenhagen. Professor and practicing architect Christer Malmström, Malmström & Edström, Gothenburg and LTH, Lund. Professor and practicing architect William Mac Donald, KOL/MAC LLC and Graduate Chair of Pratt Institute, NY. Professor Marcos Novak, UCSB, University of California, St.Barbara. Professor and practicing architect Ricardo de Ostos, the AA and NaJa & deOstos, London. Professor and practicing architect Florencia Pita, Fpmod and SCI-Arc, LA. Professor and practicing architect Hani Rashid, Asymptote, NY. Landscape architect Tina Sarap, Alnarp. Professor Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Practicing architect Mette Thomsen, Research Center Director, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. Professor and practicing architect Svein Tønsager, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. Practicing architect Eva Wang, Architect Studio, Shanghai. Professor and practicing architect Gert Wingårdh, Wingårdhs, Gothenburg. Professor and practicing architect Bijan Youssefzadeh, University of Arlington and Metropolis Architects, Arlington, Texas.

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