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Pedagogy and Place: Celebrating 100 Years of Architectural Education at Yale


  • Paul Rudolph Hall 180 York Street New Haven, CT 06511 (map)

The Yale School of Architecture (YSoA) is celebrating its centennial and the tenure of outgoing Dean Robert A.M. Stern with the exhibition "Pedagogy and Place: Celebrating 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale" that just opened inside Rudolph Hall.

Although the show's subtitle makes it clear that the exhibition marks a major milestone at the YSoA and celebrates the achievements of its students, faculty and leadership, the title "Pedagogy and Place" shifts the emphasis to the spaces of learning, be they at Yale or at other schools around the world. In fact the exhibition is split into two halves: "100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale" and "The Architecture of Architecture Schools," with the former focusing on the school's history and ouput and the latter presenting analyses of more than thirty schools of architecture outside of New Haven. I was particularly interested in the analyses (see "Spaces for Learning," a 2013 feature where I looked at ten schools of architecture and their buildings, including Paul Rudolph's 1963 masterpiece at Yale), which presents photographs, drawings and histories that were assembled by students of Stern's Pedagogy and Place seminar.

An important point made by Stern and Stamp during a media tour of "Pedagogy and Place" last week was that all leaders of the YSoA have maintained practices during their tenures. This fact reinforces the importance of architectural practice as well as the notion that practicing architects should give back to young and aspiring architects through education. Further, many of the former chairmen and deans remained active at the school as adjunct faculty after they stepped down, something Stern will do come June 2016 when Deborah Berke takes over as the first woman to lead the YSoA.—world-architects


In an effort to pinpoint the interrelationship between the physical settings of architectural education and the pedagogy itself, Pedagogy and Place presents the development of Yale’s program over the last hundred years through a presentation of representative alumni work set against a background of the succession of buildings designed to house the School. An auxiliary installation depicting more than 20 other architecture schools and their buildings from around the world further illuminates the various relationships between the spaces that provide the setting for disciplinary training and the various modes of that training which have evolved over the last two centuries.

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