Costanzo presents paper at architecture conference

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Denise Costanzo, assistant professor of architecture at Penn State's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, recently was invited to present a paper titled "Redefining Rome's Lessons: Architects at the American Academy" at Architecture Education Goes Outside Itself: Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries.

The symposium was held on Feb. 8 and 9 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia. This meeting, organized by Penn's doctorate program in architecture, brought together new research on the history of design education, with insights by 16 international scholars.

Presenters included education experts from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; the School of Architecture, Rice University; The City College of New York; University of Texas, Arlington; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the Philadelphia Museum; ETH Zurich; School of Architecture, Florida A&M University; Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Oregon; Milwaukee School of Engineering; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University; Department of Architecture, Penn State; École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais; Université Paris-EstInstitute of Art History, University of Zurich; and Department of Architettura, University "G. D'Annunzio" Pescara, Italy.

The keynote lecture was by Michael Lewis of Williams College and was titled, "‘Facts and Things, not Words and Signs’: Architectural Education in Philadelphia.” An exhibition opening was held at Kroiz Gallery/Architectural Archives, "Lessons from the History of Architecture Education: Student Work from the Collections of the Architectural Archives.”

Held at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, this conference and exhibition was held to explore the evolution of American architecture education over the last century and a half. Highlighting the dialectic between professional formation and disciplinary innovation, the four sessions of the conference examined the different models by which the architect's training became institutionalized within the academic setting of the school, and, at the same time, the way educators and students continuously endeavored to expand the purview of architectural knowledge and open the profession to new ideas and practices. The accompanying exhibition, drawn from Penn's rich archival collections, presents a selection of student work spanning from the Beaux-Arts to postmodernism. It runs through March 8.

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