This structure the "Free World", this global conversation between the students is now turning into an academic structure, which is not a single institution or a single pedagogy, it's not the AA, it's not an institution that has an investment in being exclusive or an investment in being powerful. It's a representation of a much, much more organic sense of architectural education where individual institutions work within a series of live projects situations across the globe.
It specifically relates to work that we have been doing within the European refugee crisis. If one is thinking about education as somehow itinerant and stateless and without borders, this is a situation which is stateless without borders. And that's a very powerful conversation about architectural education at the moment.
So, our students are working within refugee crisis in Greece, in Turkey, In Northern Sweden and Calais and he the question I keep getting asked Is "I'm an architecture student. I've been volunteering in the refugee camps for a year and a half. I don't want to go back to formal architectural education, there's nothing there for me. I want to know how the skills and the vitality and the motives that I've learnt in the refugee camps can become part of architectural education?" That's the question we're trying to answer.
So, we talked about care, we talked about our responsibilities as architects to do things that we care for. And we are now setting up educational structures that place you, as students, you, as architects, in the situation where you can't avoid the responsibility to be careful.
The Global Practice Program, the latest chapter has academic institutional partners in many countries and in the next year has live project classrooms in Turkey, in Northern Greece, France and in other places including prisons. So, architectural education has left the building. Architectural education is now something which can be cheaper, can be less codified, and can be something that one does as a seamless part of one's everyday life. It's very exciting.
So that is the end of my brief and highly personal "derive" through architectural education. I hope you will see that architectural education is in flux and is changing radically. It's evolving, it's becoming itinerant, it's becoming agitated in a way that is really exciting. We are seeing again a moment of change as profound as those key moments I described earlier. A change driven by another period that is inherently brutal and careless that requires the architectural community to be careful and extra responsible. So please don't worry Eugene, architectural education is very much alive and I am confident that MARCH will play a major part in its future
So, thank you and good luck MARCH on your 5th birthday.