Flying home from a few days in Boston for the centennial ACSA Annual Meeting offers a chance to reflect on architecture and education. Boston is where Holly and I started studying architecture (at the Boston Architectural Center) and it’s clear that the city itself remains one of the most influential components of our intellectual formation. How so?
[image: Public Alley 430]
[image: the Boston Architectural Center, by Ashley, Myer and Assoc., 1963-66.]
my dissertation advisor – my model of a mentor – sitting with her dissertation advisor – still one of the most innovative historians and educators in our field – while listening to a talk by one of the ACSA conference’s honorees – himself a theorist and teacher of extraordinary importance – illustrated how important mentorship and collegiality are in the processes of education. And just as important as our work as educators is the web of relationships formed between students. Spending time with friends from the BAC, McGill and Columbia – some of whom I’ve known for 25 years – reiterates what we knew as undergraduates, that the friendships formed in studios, classrooms, libraries and concert halls has as large an impact on our intellectual growth as anything spoken by a teacher or printed in a book. Fostering and sustaining that kind of environment is an essential task for us as educators.
[image: Elie Haddad, Assistant Dean, School of Architecture & Design, Lebanese American University, and 1988 graduate of the BAC]