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Cascieri 19: Aart Oxenaar

Educating Architects for a Transforming City

The Boston Architectural College was pleased to present Cascieri 19: Educating Architects for a Transforming City, with guest lecturer, Dr. Aart Oxenaar, Director of the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam School of the Arts on the evening of March 31.  More than 200 people, including special and public guests, students, faculty and staff, attended the lecture in Cascieri Hall. 

Educating Architects for a Transforming City explored the concurrent education model and the ways in which it exemplifies the notion of a 'Porous Academy' by facilitating constant exchange between School and City. Aart discussed the century-old relationship between the Academy of Architecture and the City of Amsterdam, as well as the importance of the concurrent education model in building and supporting the network that has made successful collaboration possible. He shared insight on how this exchange is evidence of the ability and necessity of architecture schools to remain open to the changing demands of society, while simultaneously maintaining the essence of the craft of architecture within a variety of contexts. 

Dr. Aart Oxenaar studied art history and archeology at the University of Amsterdam. With the support of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, he has conducted research into the work of P.J.H. Cuypers. He has worked for the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam as a writer and exhibition maker, and was the Founding Coordinator of the Centre for Architecture and Urbanism in Tilburg. Since 1998 he has been Director of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. He is active as an advisor in the field of architecture and planning, as a member of the IJburg Quality Team and chairperson of the Committee for Building Quality and Monuments in Amsterdam and serves on the Advisory Board for Spatial Quality in Haarlem. In addition to his work as an architectural historian, with a focus on the nineteenth century, he has published on contemporary architecture in the Netherlands. In 2010 he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam with an extensive publication on the architect Pierre Cuypers, celebrated designer of the Central Station and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, entitled P.J.H. Cuypers en het gotisch rationalisme (NAi Publishers, Rotterdam).

The Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities was established to honor Dean Archangelo Cascieri for over sixty years of service, honoring the spirit of volunteerism. Past Cascieri Lecturers include: 2010 Anne Hawley; 2009 Steve Badanes; 2008 Christy MacLear; 2007 Janet Marie Smith; 2006 Paolo Soleri; 2005 Dr. Herbert Benson; 2004 Andrew Cuomo; 2003 Tina Packer; 2002 The Honorable Richard Swett FAIA; 2001 Jorge Silvetti FAIA; 2000 Jill Medvedow; 1999 The Honorable Michael S. Dukakis; 1998 Norman Leventhal; 1997 Robert Brown; 1996 Robert Campbell FAIA and Peter Vanderwarker; 1995 Christopher Lydon; 1994 Moshe Safdie FAIA; and 1993 H. Morse Payne FAIA Emeritus.