COD And Lifelong Learning by Marlene Imirzian, FAIA


An article in Connection Magazine’s Edification issue published in December, 2016 highlighted thoughts from a selection of active COD members on the relationship between COD and life-long learning. The magazine’s space limitations wouldn’t allow for the full text of each contributor so we’re presenting them here in their totality.

Knowledge acquired by study of systems, products, assemblies, and research is one of the most enduring and important aspects of architectural practice. The Committee on Design provides unique in-depth analysis of projects through conferences at which buildings and sites are visited and evaluated to provide learning opportunities for students, professionals, and those interested in the profession. Project design teams provide on-site reviews of the project, often with lectures that explain in detail the systems and tradeoffs made in design. COD attendees have the opportunity for behind-the-scenes tours and to ask questions of the design team. One of the key aspects is that each conference focuses on a theme and multiple projects relating to that theme are visited. Lectures from experts provide education at the highest level of national and international thinking related to the conference topic. Recently a conference in Berlin, Germany brought together professionals from Germany to discuss city planning, regeneration of neglected portions of the city, and innovative approaches to multi-family housing.

The COD article appears on pages 28-31.


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