The symposium will gather architectural practitioners, educators, curators and theorists of architecture to reflect on the changing political, economic and cultural ‘landscapes’ of architectural practice. During the symposium, we will address such questions: How can design practice be read ‘from within’? How do the modes of judgement arise from within a collective practice, in the ecology of relationships among disciplines, in their controversies through which the scope, rights, and obligations of a practice are discussed and challenged? How are the new political and economic climates affecting the shifting epistemological modalities and the cultural geographies of design practice today? Conversely, how are practitioners engaging with, rethinking and reshaping these climates? What are the research and pedagogical avenues that can guide architectural practitioners in further explorations of design? How can we ignite new possibilities for designers to be present in the world that is constantly changing?
This dialogue on the ‘ecology’ of architectural practice could help us undo the rigid boundaries of the socio-professional strata of architects as a group and could offer new tactics for producing relevant ways of addressing the current challenges in practice.