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Academic leaders from around the world gather in San Diego for the First Global Architecture & Design Summit


Global Summit at NSAD

In March 2010, architecture and design educators from nine countries and 14 institutions of higher education gathered in San Diego for the first Global Architecture & Design Summit. NewSchool of Architecture and Design, with the assistance of Kendall College, hosted the three-day gathering, which was an opportunity for sharing international best practices, methodologies and sustainable techniques among eminent practicing architects and designers and faculty members in the Laureate International Universities network.

Among the attendees and participants were plenary speakers Gordon Chong, FAIA, of San Francisco, former national president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), founder of Chong Partners Architecture and 2005 Benjamin Latrobe Fellow for Architecture Research; Marvin Malecha, FAIA, dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, outgoing president of AIA and Topaz Medallion winner for Architecture Education; and Andrea Rutledge, CAE, executive director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board in Washington, D.C. Participants engaged in discussions on interdisciplinary curricula and evidence-based design, trends in architectural education and practice and the Canberra Accord.

“Hosting an event of this nature is an important part of facilitating the mission and vision of NewSchool of Architecture and Design,” said Dr. Steve Altman, president of NSAD. “As one of the only design schools in the U.S. that belongs to an expansive international network of institutions with design and architecture programs, we have a unique opportunity to both learn and shape the future of architecture and design education on a global scale.”

Among the summit outcomes were commitments made by 30 delegates representing institutions across Europe, Mexico, Brazil, South and Central America to pursue collaborative programming opportunities with NSAD. These outcomes include:

  • Introduction of a Certificate Program in the design of sustainable cities from NewSchool of Architecture and Design. The program, which includes courses in environmental sustainability, urban ecology, digital design applications and a comprehensive design project, will allow students to earn a certificate without leaving their home countries. The final design project will be critiqued by a global jury of architecture educators from around the world.  
  • Launch of a one-year (two-semester equivalent) degree completion program from NSAD. During this program, international students will spend their fourth year of study at the San Diego campus. Students may also qualify to work in the United States for up to one year after graduation.  
  • Announcement of three summer programs:
      • Architecture Exploration: See and Do. During this two-week program, students who are early in their architecture studies will explore architecturally significant landmarks in San Diego and Los Angeles.
      • The Southern California Architecture Experience (SoCaL-E><). Over an intensive four-week period, students are immersed in English or Spanish instruction around the historically progressive and avant-garde architecture of Southern California, while meetings with leading architecture firms and practitioners.
      • Culture and Architecture Tour International. This five-week summer immersion program will expose students to cultural and architectural influences firsthand while traveling through San Diego as well as Rome, Copenhagen, or one of the many architecturally rich cities in Greece.

The first exchanges and collaborative programs are expected to begin during summer 2010. To learn more about NewSchool please visit their website at