As part of an initiative to create a new school of architecture, the University of Saskatchewan has invited PSU School of Architecture director Clive Knights to speak at “Design Thinking and Teaching,” March 17 and 18, one of three symposia on the myriad benefits that a school of architecture can bring to a university and its community. In addition to the symposium on design thinking and teaching, the symposia focus on material and technical innovation, and environment, culture and community engagement. Knights and the other presenters will be discussing the ways in which design thinking offers unique interdisciplinary learning, investigation, creation and research opportunities that are distinct from most others within a university environment and provide a rich educational experience.
Clive Knights, Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at Portland State University, will make a presentation titled "The Communicative Act of Making Architecture." In rehearsing the question "What is an education in architecture?" he will make a case for architecture's vital contribution to culture, through acts of interpretation that gather community around projections of the "good life," and how this ethical challenge has been framed in the birth, formation and pedagogy of a new school of architecture at Portland State University.
Joining him on the panel at the symposium are Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray and Leslie Van Duzer. Ray is an architect and the current Director of Bowling Green State University’s School of Art. Ray has won several international design awards and has participated in numerous art and architecture competitions in the United States and Europe. She has also curated 11 exhibitions and given more than 50 invited lectures on art and architecture. Leslie Van Duzer has been Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia since 2010. She is currently developing the groundwork for a new mixed-use, tall wood tower at UBC.
More information about the symposia and the University of Saskatchewan’s initiative to start a school of architecture is available here: http://archusask.ca/