Beaux-arts and back Again.
dummy icon In 1881, the architect and scholar Leopold Eidlitz wrote that in order to prepare for professional life, the student of architecture must “master the mathematical and scientific branches taught in modern polytechnic schools, make himself proficient in drawing, attend an academy of architecture, and then become, in succession, a good carpenter, mason, stonecutter, painter, sculptor, and decorator.” But as human life is too short for all this, Eidlitz concluded, one must reduce the question: “Shall the pupil of architecture be educated in some mechanical workshop, in an art studio, or a polytechnical school?”Given that this debate has dogged architecture education for over 100 years, we asked Marc J. Neveu, associate professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, to delve into it with two thoughtful leaders of the profession: David Hacin and Nader Tehrani. Neveu interviewed the two late last year at Tehrani’s office.

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