Provincial and Outdated?

A Brief Discussion on the Globalization of Architectural Education

Authors

  • Karl Otto Ellefsen Oslo School of Architecture and Design

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Keywords:

identity of a school

Abstract

What happens to a school when education is an international commodity and teachers are recruited globally? Bringing in their own luggage and agendas and asking, “Why not do something else?” The school does not fall apart. Modern management keeps it running smoothly. In terms of educational institutions, a good reputation seems to sustain. Elaborated strategies define potential new roles for the school in the world. Does culture beat strategy, is there a ghost in the machine that cannot be removed? Or is the school transforming into something found anywhere in the world, and mostly mediocre? A few years ago, a known figure in the EAAE system stated that: “There is no such thing as a global curriculum in architecture”, believing that schools gave priority to and took care of their own identities. Was this a false statement? Discussing the relationship between school and society, is the concept of belonging still valid and possible to pursue? If so, what measures are relevant?

How to Cite

Ellefsen, K. O. (2020). Provincial and Outdated? A Brief Discussion on the Globalization of Architectural Education. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 3(1), 338–349. Retrieved from https://publishings.eaae.be/index.php/annual_conference/article/view/72

Published

2020-12-29

Author Biography

Karl Otto Ellefsen, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Karl Otto Ellefsen was a professor at The Norwegian University of Technology until 1995 and is professor in architecture and urbanism at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). He was heading the school as Rector from 2001 – 2015. Ellefsen has taught architecture and urbanism in universities since 1984, and has headed doctoral programs and given PhD supervision since the beginning of the 1990`s. He is currently a chaired professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Karl Otto Ellefsen was the president of EAAE from 2013 to 2017.