The aae 2017 conference

Architecture Connects: Strategies for the co-production of architectural knowledge

Hosted by Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, Oxford, UK in collaboration with the association of architectural educators, aae2017 is an International Peer Reviewed Conference on ‘strategies for the co-production of architectural knowledge’ which ran from 6 to 9 September 2017.

The conference expanded the communities of practice in architectural education that were established by previous aae conferences by developing the lively discourse that took place around the themes of social engagement, live projects and design research. The conference was organised in collaboration with Live Projects Network, designbuild Xchange, SEED Network, Centre for Public Interest Design, Design Corps, and db Exchange – international networks who share these concerns. These connections extended the aae community and promoted the quality, relevance and diversity present in this area of contemporary architectural education.

The overall theme “Architecture Connects” enabled exploration of ways to create positive dialogue and collaboration between architectural educators, students, practitioners, researchers, educational bodies, local communities and other disciplines. By viewing architectural education as a linchpin between universities and society, the conference mission was to improve communication and contribute new knowledge that is of mutual benefit to all parties.

The aae

The association of architectural educators (aae) aims are:

  • To develop, support and represent communities of practice and learning in architectural education in the U.K. and Ireland.
  • To foster inclusive dialogues between the aae community, students and employers, and educational and professional bodies.
  • To encourage research and scholarship of teaching and learning in architectural education through critical and reflective discourse.
  • To promote the value, richness, quality, and diversity inherent in architectural education.

“I really welcome the formation of aae. Architectural education has lingered for too long as a set of received practices, and it is important to have bottom-up moments like aae which open the processes up to critical and constructive discourse.”

Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London