November 3, 2005
New York architect Rafael Viñoly
has developed a 14-week training course for architecture students
and young practitioners. He is teaching it from his office.
The course, which began in September with two-hour weekly
sessions, attracted 53 applicants worldwide. Viñoly
hand-picked the 19 participants, who range from students enrolled
in architecture schools to architects starting their own practice,
based on the quality of their portfolio and applications.
The participants are not employed by Viñoly and do
not pay a fee for the course.
Why would an architect, with a busy schedule and projects
around the globe, take on such a course? There is a
need to address the questions of people coming into the workforce,
to offer a pragmatic set of techniques that can be explained
and taught, says Viñoly.
The course covers topics including strategic thinking, getting
and executing projects, the design process, recognizing architectural
ideas, self-criticism, time management, defining an ideological
base, and positioning a practice. The program is an opportunity
for Viñoly, who has taught at Yale and other schools,
to teach within the setting of his office rather than in university
studios that seem far removed from practice. Frances Gretes,
director of new business for Rafael Viñoly Architects,
observed, He learns a lot when he teaches. He has really
articulated a lot of his philosophy (in the course).
Viñoly expects to conduct the program annually. More
information on the course is available at the web site www.rvatr.com
to learn more.