Is architectural education bankrupt? After experiencing over the years how recent graduates think and perform, I tend to think so. What they are programmed to do (and not do) after they have finished their studies is alarming. A number of professionals and observant persons believe that there is something deeply wrong with architecture education today. And that we should take action leading to its complete restructuring. Yet practicalities remain vague, whereas interested students and young architects wish to learn very specific knowledge that will make them into a better person and practitioner.

Breaking the mold where global architecture education is controlled by a handful of people in the wealthiest nations, sitting in the most prestigious institutions, I wanted this project to be as inclusive and universal as possible. I reached out to individuals around the world who share my concerns about the ability of present-day architectural education to prepare architects in creating a human environment. While the proposals vary in details, they share a fundamental humanity largely absent from what we teach students today. This series of essays will hopefully provide a catalyst for universal reform.