The Necessity for Drawing in the Education of the Architect

The Necessity for Drawing in the Education of the Architect: A Lecture by Christine G. H. Franck

CARTA’s Director, Christine G. H. Franck, considers the role of hand drawing in the development of design thinking at the recent conference on the “Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design” held at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Click on the link above of the picture below to watch the lecture, starting at about 21 minutes into the session.

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New Traditional Architecture and Urbanism: A Lecture by Christine G. H. Franck

New Traditional Architecture and Urbanism: A Lecture by Christine G. H. Franck

CARTA’s Director, Christine G. H. Franck, joined the College of Architecture and Planning in October 0f 2013 to establish and develop CARTA. Among her first activities in early 2014 was to deliver a lecture exploring contemporary classical and traditional architecture and urbanism in a lecture sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Rocky Mountain Chapter and held at the College. We are pleased to share her lecture here. Click on the link above to watch the lecture and view pictures from the event.

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Director Franck lectures at the College of Architecture and Planning.

 

Rule and Invention in Classical Architecture: A Lecture by Thomas Gordon Smith

Rule and Invention in Classical Architecture: A Lecture by Thomas Gordon Smith, Architect and Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame

CARTA was honored to help bring Thomas Gordon Smith to lecture in Denver, for The 2nd Clinton Family Fund Lecture, organized by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Rocky Mountain Chapter and CARTA. At this event, Bruce and Martha Clinton had an opportunity to meet the inaugural class of The Clinton Scholars, students at CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning interested in the mission of CARTA and supported in their efforts with scholarships from The Clinton Family Fund. CARTA’s mission is to advance the interdisciplinary study and practice of traditional architecture, building craft, landscape architecture and urban design through spirited debate, rigorous education and transformative research so we may improve the built environment and people’s quality of life. Click on the link above to watch CARTA’s third lecture with architect, professor, and former Chairman of the Department of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame.

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Dean and CARTA Faculty Director Mark Gelernter, PhD, (second from left) visits with guest lecturer Professor and Architect Thomas Gordon Smith (right), and CAP alumna Samantha White (MArch 2014) (left), and guest.

On the Nature of Tradition and Innovation: A Lecture by Robert Adam

On the Nature of Tradition and Innovation: A Lecture by Robert Adam

CARTA has brought some of the world’s leading figures in design and education to Denver to further our mission of advancing the interdisciplinary study and practice of traditional architecture, building craft, landscape architecture and urban design through spirited debate, rigorous education and transformative research so we may improve the built environment and people’s quality of life. Click on the link above to watch CARTA’s second lecture with architect Robert Adam and to see pictures of his visit.

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Architect Robert Adam reviews student work in Lecturer Cameron Kruger’s design studio.

The Architecture of Community: A Lecture by Léon Krier

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We are pleased to begin sharing videos of the lectures CARTA has organized at the College of Architecture and Planning. CARTA has brought some of the world’s leading figures in architecture, urban design, and academia to Denver to further our mission of advancing the interdisciplinary study and practice of traditional architecture, building craft, urban design and landscape architecture through spirited debate, rigorous education and transformative research so we may improve the built environment and people’s quality of life. Click on the link above to watch CARTA’s inaugural lecture with Léon Krier and to see pictures of his visit.

Dean and CARTA Faculty Council Director Mark Gelernter, PhD visits with Architect Léon Krier
Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning and CARTA Faculty Council Director Mark Gelernter visits with Architect Léon Krier.

Making Room for Traditional Architecture

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Dean Mark Gelernter, PhD with Professor and Architect Robert Adam and CARTA Director, Christine G. H. Franck at Robert Adam’s lecture at CU Denver.

In 2012, Dr. Mark Gelernter, Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, authored an editorial opinion for Clem Labine’s Traditional Building Magazine regarding the growing interest in and some of the common reactions to incorporating traditional design methods and principles in modern architectural education.

With a lifetime of experience in design and higher education, his insights help one to consider how we can best teach the next generation of designers. We are proud to share his original essay here:

By Dr. Mark Gelernter

This spring, one of our graduate architecture design studios led by my colleague Professor Keith Loftin explored traditional design languages for a project in one of Denver’s most revered historic districts. Guest reviewers responded warmly to the work, noting the natural fit of a traditional building design in a traditional street. But as the reviewers tried to offer helpful comments to the students, several warning phrases popped up in the conversations. Paraphrased, they included:

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From Homemaking to Placemaking

We’re delighted to re-blog Hugh Kavanaugh’s experience on the inaugural European Summer School in Classical Architecture sponsored by the International Network of Traditional Building, Architecture, and Urbanism and the Ax:son Johnson Foundation. Home and place are indeed critical issues today in architecture, urban design, landscape, and planning.

Scrawling from the wreckage

“Architecture that doesn’t respect the past is not respecting the present, because it is not respecting peoples’ primary need from architecture, which is to build a long standing home.” – Roger Scruton

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I have a lot of baggage in regards to architecture. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be an architect. But when I finally got the chance to study architecture, I failed… dropping out in my third year of study. What I was being taught in college had no bearing whatsoever on what I considered to be architecture, so I turned my back on my studies and instead worked in archaeology over the past 20 years as a surveyor.

However in more recent years I began to become interested in architecture again. This came about mainly by being offered more work carrying out historical building surveys and by discovering INTBAU.

Although my interest in…

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