Austin Poe

by Austin Poe

Project Manager

Mind the Gap: The Need to Bridge the Professional & Academic Divide

  • MAY 04, 2017
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In an article featured in Metropolis Magazine, M+A Project Manager Austin Poe discusses how we can bridge the professional and academic divide in architecture.

Too often, academia operates only in “digital architecture.” The academic time-frame is elastic with self-imposed deadlines that have little consequence. In architectural education, the goal is to become a problem solver, to think outside of the box—but what is the result? The bulk of knowledge and hard work is (arguably) thrown in the trash at the end of the academic calendar.

The architecture profession largely operates in the “built world” with a fixed calendar. It functions in the present with a focus on budgets and billable time within a reduced schedule. While time is limited, the impact from our decisions are not. What gets drawn (most of the time) gets built. What gets built impacts the way in which the world lives, works, and plays. With the profession’s nose to the grindstone, who is really managing the course of our future?

To read Austin's thoughts on how we can bridge this divide, view the full article here.

Source:"Mind the Gap: The Need to Bridge the Professional & Academic Divide" by Metropolis Magazine

Austin Poe

by Austin Poe

Project Manager

Austin has a doctorate of architecture degree from the University of Hawaii and offers a widespread experience across different markets. When he's not at the M+A office, you can find him golfing, boating or watching the buckeyes.