August 13 2013

Enhancing Creativity: Ethics and Excellence are the Ways of Architecture

Ethics and excellence are main values and goals an architect should pursue in their professional development. At least, this is the motto of the professors at the A+A Chair of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Buenos Aires: Álvaro Arrese and Alberto Álvarez.

To reconcile the social utility of architecture with its contemporary and vanguardist production is considered by these professors to be the starting point for teaching architecture.

Workshop in progress

The chair was part of the first different, diverse academic disciplines that arrived to the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, with the return to democracy in Argentina on the early 1980s. The A+A fellows believe that an architect must be fully aware of the limitations inherent in the environment they work in. They emphasize that these limitations should not be considered obstacles but rather opportunities to enhance creativity and maximize the qualities of whatever is being created.


Exercice with Technical University of Vienna

Organized in a vertical manner, the chair attempts to integrate every practical or theoretical exercise suggested to the students across many levels of study, from the freshmen in Architecture I, to Urban Design in the last year of a six year long degree. A focused contextualization is the way that the chair considers the best to propose to the architecture students, with a special emphasis on location, climate and most importantly, the culture prevailing in the place and user interpretation.

To review history surely gives us feedback for the present, and both fellows agree that excellency is the main goal and that this tradition of the Buenos Aires’ School of Architecture can’t be lost.

What do you believe is the best way to teach architecture? Should the architectural education system be reviewed in general?

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Luis Lozano-Paredes

Luis Lozano-Paredes is currently a student seeking a Diploma of Architecture and Urban Planning at Belgrano University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in Colombia in 1987, he grew between the cities of Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, and then moved to Argentina in 2006. There, he finished the Common Basic Cycle of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires before pursuing studies in Landscape Design at the same Institution. Inspired by the Urban Transformation of Bogotá in the past decades, his interests evolved from Landscape Architecture to his current passion; Urban Planning, Policy Making, and Sustainable Development. He plans to continue his studies in Urban Planning and Sustainability in Canada, Chile, or the U.S.; but for the moment he currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center of Metropolitan Transport Studies of the University of Buenos Aires and is a Member of the Observatory of Urban Sustainability at Belgrano University. Luis’ main interests lay within the study of Smart Cities, Urban Sustainable Development, and Social Architecture in Latin America.

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2 Responses to “Enhancing Creativity: Ethics and Excellence are the Ways of Architecture”

  1. media4online Says:

    Architecture is ultimately about people – designed by, for & with human beings in mind. It can therefore never be separated from the values of ethics and excellence. Thanks for a great article.

  2. Luis Says:

    Thank you for you comments.

    Ultimately is Architectural education the one in need of renovation. The inclusion of ethics and excellence are a must.

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