The School: Profession and Vocation

Kenneth Frampton 

While I am aware that architectural education may need restructuring in order to bring it into line with the societal needs of the next century, I feel that in the case of the ETSAM a certain discretion is in order. The record of the Madrid school has been exceptional. By world standards, it has succeeded in educating a large number of architects of high caliber. Spanish architectural production still remains one of the finest building cultures in the world today and while this has no doubt been due in part to the way in which the Spanish profession has been organized and to the general cultural level of Spanish clients it is also surely due to the caliber of Spanish architectural education. While architectural education and practice are different undertakings, there is also a particularly close and fertile correspondence between them in Spain...[+]

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