ERIC Number: ED332597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Congruence between Industry Demand and Professional School Response in Architecture.
This study sought insight into the congruence between knowledge, skills and attitudes required by architecture practitioners and the benefits of professional school education. Twenty-four senior architects from Los Angeles architecture firms and 11 professional school deans and faculty members from the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California were interviewed over a 2-month period. Findings indicated uneven congruence between faculty and practioner opinions. Successful practitioners in architecture pointed to the importance of knowledge, skill and work attitude while faculty were adamant that knowledge of field was all that mattered. Faculty felt that formal education contributed more to professional effectiveness than work or life experience. Practicing architects on the other hand saw the benefit of knowledge, skill and work attitudes combined with work experience as the major contributor to professional effectiveness. Professional school faculty, despite their apparent indifference to job skills, interpersonal skills, and work attitudes as important competencies, perceived the professional school as the place to develop general job skills and interpersonal skills, while practicing architects felt that such competencies could be developed in schools, on the job, and in other life experiences. Includes 12 references. (LPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of California Los Angeles; University of Southern California
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, (Chicago, IL, April 1991).