Collaboration with Bryan Norwood, University of Michigan
Globalizing Professional Practice
Pedagogical Project, Begun 2019


The conceptual persona of the well-educated professional architect is itself a global, historical construct and must be interrogated as such. Too often, however, courses addressing the professional practice of architecture actively undercut historical consciousness and global awareness by naturalizing the constraints and limitations of the contemporary, private-practice professional order. By positioning historical thought as a key aspect of the content of professional practice courses, historians can work to denaturalize the profession’s contemporary order by revealing how it has changed over time. And, further, we can suggest that the way architecture is practiced (and, in fact, its own criteria of evaluation for education into the professional order) is open for radical redesign. History, in this case, does not merely function to reveal other worlds, but also to reveal the contingency of architecture’s current conditions. With a rewrite of NAAB criteria underway in 2019 and the globalization of those criteria through the 2008 Canberra Accord on Architectural Education in mind, we aim to expand the question of how global architectural history situates itself in professional pedagogy. We are planning a workshop to discuss and imagine pedagogies for globalizing professional practice.

Office Manager Moritz Kahn and staff of Albert Kahn Associates en route to Moscow, 1929.