School/Work: Architectural Conversations between Pedagogy and Practice
‘School/Work: Architectural Conversations between Pedagogy and Practice’ is a new exhibition focusing on the relationship between the theoretical world of university and the applied world of practice and making in architecture, opening on 17 March at the Cass Bank Gallery at Central House.
The exhibition features the work of five award-winning architects who teach at the school: Assemble, Caruso St John, Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, Feilden Fowles Architects and Takero Shimazaki Architects. School/Work presents architectural models, drawings, photography and archival material exploring how studio culture meets academia.
The Cass is known for its “grounded-in-reality” attitude to teaching architecture, which is a direct influence of the many architects tutoring at the school. Each of the exhibiting practices leads an undergraduate studio or postgraduate unit, with their skills as professional architects translating into the diverse teaching and research approaches that contribute to The Cass’s unique character.
As part of the curatorial process, the architects were asked four questions about their attitudes towards teaching, life in practise and experiences at the school. These interviews will be shown alongside their own professional work in order to convey the exchanges between pedagogy and practice.
The featured projects in School/Work are:
- Granby Winter Garden, Liverpool, England, 2016 by Assemble (Lead Unit 15: Creative Industry, Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA 2)
- Veemgebouw Strijp S, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2007- on going, by Caruso St John (Lead Unit 12: Park and Pavilion, Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA 2)
- Broadway Academy by Cottrell & Vermeulen (Lead Studio 4: Making Space, BA Architecture)
- Feilden Fowles Studio, London, England, 2016 by Feilden Fowles Architects (Lead Studio 11: Educating Hackney, BA Architecture)
- Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema, London, England, by Takero Shimazaki Architects (Lead Unit 8: Midland Cities I – Leicester, Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA 2)
The exhibition is curated by Rita Adamo, a former architecture student at The Cass who recently curated the Invisible Architecture exhibition at Museo Carlo Bilotto in Rome, Italy.
Adamo said of School/Work, “Each generation of architects is aware of their predecessors; at The Cass the interaction between the generations invigorates both the established architect’s work and the learning journey of the up-and-coming architects. The collection of selected works in this show will reveal this dialogue between tutors and students, demonstrating how highly these successful practices value their teaching.”
Exhibitor Takero Shimazaki said of School/Work: “Teaching, researching and discussions with students mean that you keep re-studying architecture. This inevitably has an important impact on what a practice can pursue. The dialogue with students shapes their projects and also gives us more focus on how the practice can influence wider society, architecture, landscape, cities and the built environment. It’s an inspiring cycle.”
School/Work runs from the 17 -27 March 2017 at the Cass Bank Gallery, Central House, with a Private View on 16 March.
Image: Community Centre, Elephant and Castle by Chris Barnes (Unit 12)