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Practice : Winter 2009
A recap of the May meeting in Cincinnati updated the larger Savannah group on how schools such as the BAC and Cincinnati were working on shared curriculum integration at introductory levels, and interdisciplinary collaboration in advanced courses. Differences between the disciplines were presented as involving: • The history and evolving "maturity" of the disciplines nationally and on individual campuses • Conceptual vs. tangible foci of curricula • Differing technical requirements • Form vs. Space • Comparative scale John Weigand's (Miami University) analytical paper on curricular overlaps was summarized: interior design is not a subset of architecture, in that it "owns" a distinctive territory and body of knowledge; about of the disciplines' knowledge overlap under current accreditor standards; the study of human behavior and technical requirements diverge at advanced levels of study; and there is a need to offer advanced or specialized knowledge and research in problems related specifically to the uses of interior spaces. There was extensive discussion of program and curricular sharing on various campuses, with extensive discussion of how Auburn University has evolved three parallel, distinctive, but overlapping programs in architecture, interior design, and interior architecture. Kansas State's new five-year first-professional Master's programs in architecture and interior design, with no intermediary Bachelor's program offered, were discussed as a new model of professional education directly out of high school. Current trends in accreditation were presented by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NA AB oversees architecture) Representative Christine Theodoropoulis, Head of the University of Oregon Architecture program; the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA oversees interior design) Representative John Weigand, Chair School of Fine Arts and Interior Design, Miami University, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and National Conference of Architectural Registration Boards by new ACSA President Marleen Davis FAIA of the University of Tennessee, and by me, as a previous ACSA President. Rumors that NCARB is currently pressing for the creation of a new Interior Architecture licensure track were dispelled as now unfounded, although some NCARB research had been conducted into this possibility and tabled. There was intensive discussion within small group discussions of design curriculum development generally, administrative support for innovative PRACTICE 26