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No. 10

PRACTICE SESSION NO. 10 OPEN CALL FOR WORKSHOPS

Practice Sessions seeks proposals for workshops to take place at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in February 2022.

Over the past five years, Practice Sessions at the University of Michigan has asked some of the world’s foremost architectural educators and practitioners to show us how practice and the academy can transform and improve each other. Practice Session No. 10 (scheduled for February 18-21, 2022) will bring together the next generation of leaders with a commitment to design practice and teaching. We seek proposals from those who aspire to rethink the business of architecture and the classroom. We are looking for proposals that reflect this moment’s cultural, social, and/or political landscape and will give preference to those that imbricate design with the fight for equity and justice.

About Practice Sessions 

Practice Sessions is part of the University of Michigan’s “Third Century Initiative,” which funds experimental pedagogies in a bid to change how teaching and learning happen within the bounds of the institution. Since 2015, nine significant architectural practices have been invited to Taubman College to run a practice session. Each session centers on an immersive four-day design charette that culminates in a juried review and exhibition. These sessions are not workshops in the conventional sense. Invited practices are not selected to repeat a known and routinized working method in collaboration with students. Instead, invitees are called to work in an experimental mode, where they think of design not only as the artifact produced, but also as the conditions of that production: the design of the session topic, the design of the work space where the session is held, the design of the way the session itself occupies the institution of Taubman College, and the design of the thing(s) produced by the practice session.

About Session No. 10

Practice Session No. 10 will take place February 18th-22nd in Ann Arbor, MI at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. If in-person workshops are not possible due to COVID-19 the session will be postponed. Selected workshop leaders will receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and a $2,000 honorarium. Workshops will be supported with a $500 stipend for materials or other miscellaneous expenses.

The Session will take place over a 4-day weekend (Friday to Monday), with approximately 20 contact hours with students during that period. It will include a student workshop, a recorded interview with the program organizers, and a concluding public event with invited guests. Up to 4 workshops will be funded.

Eligibility

This call is open to individuals or collaborations. Applicants should have a graduate degree in architecture, some experience (even if limited or new) in both teaching and practice, and be committed to a prospective career that in some way spans both practice and the academy. Proposals that define practice and teaching broadly will be considered, but potential impact in both arenas will be a priority.

Proposal Materials

Submit the following materials via email to practicesessions@umich.edu by Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 11:59pm:

  • A 1-page workshop proposal that addresses the following questions:
    • What is the central theme or question of the workshop?
    • How would students spend their time and what would they learn?
    • What design artifacts would be produced? 
  • Work samples
    • This can be a PDF portfolio, a website, or other format - choose a format that allows us to get to know you and your work.
  • Abbreviated CV or Biographical narrative
  • The name and contact information for one reference. 
    • References with experience in both practice and the academy are preferred.

Key Dates

  • 11/14/2021: Proposals due
  • 11/30/2021: Selected proposals announced
  • 2/18/2022 - 2/21/22: Practice Session No. 10

 

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