The Architecture Council supports the dual education system with its differing and established approaches to becoming an architect: one through an academic high school and university, the other normally via an apprenticeship as draughtsman, a professional high school qualification and a university of applied sciences.
The Architecture Council emphasises autonomy in teaching and research at universities. In consultation with professional associations, it is also striving to raise the complementary profiles of the two types of university.
The Architecture Council supports the high-quality and generalist nature of architectural training.
The Architecture Council defines guidelines for disciplinary quality management through peers and peer reviews.
To a great extent, architectural research uses methods drawn from other disciplines, such as research in scientific fields or the humanities. This has hampered recognition of architecture as an autonomous discipline based on recognised principles and distinguished by progress in knowledge and practice.
The Architecture Council is of the opinion that there is little sense in differentiating between basic research and applied research, or in the way they are carried out either at universities or at universities of applied sciences. The Council supports research activities and cooperation between universities across the board.
The Architecture Council recognises the EAAE Charter on Architectural Research as a broadly based policy paper on architectural research.
The Architecture Council seeks to answer the question of specific research in the core area of the discipline itself with the use of methods that employ architectural design and construction as a source for delivering new knowledge (research through architecture or research through/by design).
Through its members, the Architecture Council is engaged in defining instruments for validating the results of research in cooperation with other universities and national bodies (the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation, the Swiss National Science Foundation) and international bodies.
Practice / Continuing Education
As well as monitoring teaching and research, the Architecture Council also considers the points where the practice of architecture and working in the construction industry meet. The Council is aware of the difference between training for a profession and actually practicing it.
Many university lecturers and staff members work on the various lifecycles of buildings and infrastructure, and they are also involved in professional and political bodies. Through this involvement, and their structures, projects, competitions and studies, they make a substantial and broad contribution to the culture of building, both in Switzerland and in an international context. They ensure that the relationship between theory and practice is maintained as a living tradition of lifelong learning.
The Architecture Council supports efforts to ensure a discrete place in the Federal government’s message on culture for 2016-2019 for the culture of building/space.
It is important that this culture of building continues to be developed with due regard for decisive factors such as living environment, energy and mobility.
National and international planning and building processes
The schools of architecture that belong to the Architecture Council monitor trends in national and international planning and building processes, and urban and land-use planning; these provide topics and arguments for training and continuing education, as well as for research at their universities. Every new development has to meet the high standards of training in Switzerland. This high quality must be maintained and further developed against the background of future building production.
Connections / PR / Contacts
The Architecture Council advocates close links between teaching, research and practice. In a constantly changing professional environment, the Architecture Council maintains close ties with professional associations and the world of politics. The most important partners in the environment of the construction industry need to be defined, and firm links established. The Architecture Council plans to actively communicate its aims and tasks by visiting national political organisations, public and private institutions, associations and the media. These include the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, the National Council’s Committee for Culture, the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Schweizerischer Baumeisterverband (the Swiss builders’ association), the Verband Schweizerischer Generalunternehmer (the Swiss association of general contractors), Bauen Schweiz (the Swiss national construction organisation), the Schweizerische Zentralstelle für Baurationalisierung (the Swiss centre for rationalisation in building) and various media, etc.
The national network is supplemented by international contacts.