Carlos E. Betancourt Llambías, AIA, Dean
Design and Architecture are about Passion. Technology may rapidly change and impact our everyday challenges, but it cannot disengage from our commitment, mission and intentions to create and envision solutions with up to date positive impact and long term significance.
In a globalized world confronted with apparent homogeneous interconnected challenges, designers must seek for richer processes capable of reconfiguring and addressing the heterogenous nature- human, natural, cultural, political, and economic-of contemporary global flows.
As academics, we must endow our students with practical, logical and intellectual tools to manage our present and future demands. Education is a seamless process between academia and practice. It is the tool for reformulating paradigms that will enable designers to rethink, via innovation and exploration, the practice of design and architecture.
ArqPoli, our School of Architecture, is an experimental laboratory where students search for analytical and innovative solutions. The five year Bachelor of Architecture program is nourished by a number of laboratories- Conservation Lab, Materials Lab, Computer’s Lab, Digital Fabrication Lab, Urban and Housing Lab, Ceramics Lab, and Photography Lab- that reinforce specific areas of specialization. This structure organizes our program into a constellation of relevant fields: interdisciplinary design, technology, theory and history, conservation, and professional practice, that broaden the student’s design competencies needed in today’s professional realm. Additionally, study abroad programs and competition studios engage students with new and foreign realities while encouraging collaborative approaches.
ArqPoli students and faculty continuously seek to enrich and renew the realms of design and architecture. This allows for the creation of new and exciting programs. The Interior Architecture Program will be launched in the Spring of 2013, while the Masters Degree in Conservation and Urbanism, and the Graphic Design and Industrial Design certificate programs are under development.
After 17 years since its inauguration, our school faces the expansion and rehabilitation of its existing facilities. I strongly believe that ArqPoli, ‘the New School of Architecture”, is committed to forge and expand relevant design practices capable of transforming their relevance within our complex built realm.