In the broad field of Architecture there tends to be a huge gap between the licensed architect and the fresh innovative minds of the recent graduates. The Archemy lecture was a part of our initiative to express why the bridging of this gap is important and what the possibilities are, all in relation to how we are doing it.
We want to be involved with the surrounding creative community and have increasingly been partnering with some of the neighboring studios and working with young students from the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), an established arts and design school located in our studios vicinity. As part of our affiliation with the school’s architecture department, we were invited to give a lecture about J.Neal studios as part of the Brown Bag lecture series.
The students were mostly architecture students, and freshman that were still undecided, that were all keen on becoming a licensed architect. For most of the lecture, we focused on what these students had as options, whether they wanted to take on the rigorous task of obtaining a license, or perhaps putting that on hold to work for a more conceptual based practice, or for themselves, immediately after they graduate. While the former option gives you credibility, there is a lesser scope of personal expression. In the latter however, there tends to be a greater opportunity for creativity to unleash itself. This very need for expression coupled with the precision taught and practiced in the schools, will help generate and formulate innovative ideas this field needs.