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Wed 06.08.2016

The Education of the Architect: Incorporating Social Science


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

Where: At The Center   

Please join us for the second installment in our three-part series on the collaboration between architecture and social science. 

The education panel will focus on how architecture is taught, what topics are covered, which ones are not, and how this informs architectural practice. We will take a deeper look at which areas are receiving the most focus and which areas are missing in the current model of architectural education.

The panel speakers will compare the education models and curricula of architecture and social science and explore how the methods and tools from each discipline can inform and advance the built environment.


Caitlin Cahill, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban Geography & Politics, Pratt Institute
Scott Francisco, Founder and Director of Pilot Projects Design Collective
Emily Moss, Director of Architectural Design BFA and Urban Design BS, Parsons School of Design
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Founder, Normal Architecture Office; Co-Founder, School of Missing Studies

Moderator: Fauzia Khanani, Assoc. AIA, Principal and Founder, Foz Design

Caitlin Cahill, PhD is an Associate Professor of Urban Geography & Politics, Pratt Institute, and coordinator of the Social Justice/Social Practice Minor. A community-based urban & youth studies scholar, Cahill engages in participatory action research with young people investigating questions of global urban restructuring and the production of inequalities in the areas of gentrification, immigration, education and zero tolerance policing. Cahill is committed to co-creating collective spaces for dialogue, creativity, knowledge production, critical research, action, and reflection. Currently, Cahill works with the Bushwick Action Research Collective and the Public Science Project here in New York City. In Salt Lake City, Cahill co-founded the Mestizo Arts & Activism Collective, an intergenerational social justice think tank. Cahill is an editor of Metropolitics, and on the boards of Community Development, Children's Geographies and Children, Youth & Environments. Cahill received her doctorate in Environmental Psychology with a concentration in Public Policy and Urban Studies from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Scott Francisco, Founder and Director of Pilot Projects Design Collective, is a hands-on designer, strategist, and cultural theorist in New York City with a focus on infrastructure and culture in organizations and cities. Francisco's architecture, construction and consulting background have led to the high value he places on engaging people, culture and craftsmanship in the design process - particularly in the midst of today's overemphasis on efficiency and quantification. Francisco teaches at Kean University's School of Public Architecture, and at Stanford in New York and speaks regularly on workplace design and strategy, organizational culture, and sustainability. He holds architecture degrees from the University of Toronto and MIT.

Emily Moss is an architect, educator, and dedicated native New Yorker. She is the Director of the BFA in Architectural Design and the BS in Urban Design at Parsons School of Design. Current projects in her professional practice include a health clinic on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, an office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and a Brooklyn brownstone renovation, as well as pro bono work with the urban farming initiative, Project EATS. The work with Project EATS was presented at last year's Cumulus Conference in Milan. She is a founding member of REAL, a research group dedicated to enhancing public school education through design. She has a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor's degree from Yale.

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss is an architect educated at Harvard University and Belgrade University. He recently collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron architects and is the founder of Normal Architecture Office as well as co-founder of School of Missing Studies, network for cultural and urban research. His recent book Almost Architecture, published by Merz & Solitude and kuda.nao explores the roles of architecture vis-à-vis democratic processes, abrupt political changes and architectural appearance of post-communist ideologies. He is an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art_Architecture at Temple University and lectures at Harvard GSD and at Penn School of Design. He is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, University of London with a dissertation on the positive spatial aspects of Balkanization. He exhibited and lectured about his work at the universities and museums in Western Europe, North America and Japan and he published internationally.

Fauzia Khanani, Assoc. AIA, is Principal and Founder of Foz Design, a multi-disciplinary architecture+design studio established in 2011. The firm’s work includes custom residential, commercial office, and public spaces spanning from New York to California. Khanani holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley as well as an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in sociology and held a prior career in the field of public health. She has prior architectural experience in affordable housing, multi-family housing and public schools in addition to all of her custom residential work. The firm completed its first commercial office project, The Bloc, in 2015 which was awarded the International Facility Management Association NYC Chapter Awards for Excellence in Design & Construction of a New Facility (under 75,000 SF) and was also nominated for the inaugural NYCxDesign Awards.

Organized by: AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee

Price: Free for AIA members and Students with valid ID; $10 for non-members



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