NCARB Moderates Panel on Connecting Education and Practice at AIA National Convention

Connecting Education and Practice

18 May 2012

Washington, DC—Highlighting the energy and innovation that occurs when practitioners, educators, and students come together on projects funded through the NCARB Grant program, NCARB Assistant Director, Communications, Rachel Kros, AIA, NCARB moderated an interactive panel discussion on connecting education and practice during the 2012 AIA National Convention. Three panelists, representing the student, educator, and practitioner perspectives, illustrated projects that shifted the traditional learning environment from the studio to the community. NCARB Grants provide support for innovative initiatives that integrate practice and education in the academy.

Robin Abrams, Ph.D., AIA, ASLA, head of the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University, highlighted the importance of giving students exposure to the latest professional practices. Aaron Locke, LEED GA, commented from the student perspective: “the access to practitioners with years of experience in the field took the fiction out of the design process and provided real answers to real issues.” Daniel Bailey, AIA, President of Penza Bailey Architects, Inc. said, “payback to practitioners was also substantial,” emphasizing how these collaborations gave architects in his and other firms the opportunity to mentor students, to benefit from the students’ creativity, and to pay it forward by passing on their years of experience to emerging professionals.

The panel discussion sparked a great deal of dialogue with the audience, with questions ranging from how to find the appropriate level of integration, to how to prepare students to engage with practitioners, to how these projects can help prepare the students of today to meet the practice needs of tomorrow. 

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