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Educating Design Leaders: The Need for Leadership Education in Schools of Architecture and Proposed Approaches to Meet the Need

There is a gap in architectural education when preparing future architects for leadership roles.

Published onOct 24, 2019
Educating Design Leaders: The Need for Leadership Education in Schools of Architecture and Proposed Approaches to Meet the Need
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Abstract

There is a gap in architectural education when preparing future architects for leadership roles. To meet the needs of integrated design processes that frequently situate architects in leadership roles within interdisciplinary teams, more structured, comprehensive, and robust leadership education is needed. Fortunately, experiential leadership education can be effectively integrated into the dominant project-based structure of architectural education using an iterative approach including strategic instruction, structured feedback, and reflection. Specific gaps in leadership education are identified including: student awareness of current leadership education, competence leading in multiple roles, goal setting and management as a leadership skill, judgement and decision-making, and knowledge of contemporary leadership theory. Strategies and curricula are proposed to support educators seeking to increase the effectiveness of leadership education in their classrooms, studios, and schools of architecture.

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