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Free School of Architecture moving locations

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Los Angeles–based architect and educator Peter Zellner recently announced that his controversial Free School of Architecture (FSA) would be moving locations. The school’s inaugural class has grown from an original number of 12 to 38 when FSA's board of directors are added to the mix, the number jumps to 70. As a result, FSA is moving out of the Architecture + Design Museum in L.A.’s Arts District and into The Container Yard, a collaborative arts space located almost directly across the street. We have to wonder if Zellner is learning from the original rogue schoolmaster, Peter Eisenman, as we are hearing that Zellner is dating Peter’s daughter. Eisenman started the famous Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in 1967, and would be a perfect instigator for the fledgling FSA.

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Free School of Architecture changes locations

Los Angeles-based architect and educator Peter Zellner has announced that the Free School of Architecture (FSA) would be moving locations. According to a press release from FSA, the school’s inaugural cohort has grown from an original estimate of 20 to more than 70 and as a result, FSA will now hold courses in The Container Yard (TCY), a 60,000-square foot collaborative arts space in Los Angeles’s Arts District neighborhood. FSA was originally scheduled to operate out of the Architecture + Design Museum. In announcing the move, Ash Chan, owner of TCY said, “[TCY] has always represented freedom of creativity and the pursuit of curiosity and knowledge—The opportunity to contribute to the evolution of accessible academia is such an honor.” Zellner added, “We hope [FSA] can contribute to TCY's spirit of public engagement and collaboration. TCY’s substantial indoor and outdoor spaces will allow us to experiment with class, lecture, and workshop setups, creating a model of education that is literally and conceptually open." The move comes as FSA gears up for its inaugural session on June 1st. The school will host an opening symposium titled “FREE” that day, focusing on the “state and future of architectural education.” According to the release, the symposium will explore new forms of education and pedagogy, discuss disciplinary and vocational issues, and address the socio-economics of education, post-digital, and post-studio education. For more information, see the FSA website.
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Los Angeles’s A+D Museum to host Free School of Architecture

The Architecture and Design Museum (A+D) in Los Angeles has announced it will host the Free School of Architecture (FSA) during its inaugural session this summer. The tuition-free architecture school launches June 1 and runs through July 15th, 2017, catering to a cohort of 36 students accepted to the school from across the world. The six-week session will feature free courses on a variety of architectural topics taught by ten unpaid lecturers. The school also aims to launch with an inaugural symposium at the museum on the first day of classes. The convocation—dubbed “FREE”—will focus on the current and future states of architectural education and aims to delve into “new forms of education and pedagogy, disciplinary [and] vocational conversations, the socio-economics of education and post-digital and post-studio education.” FSA also plans to publish an online and print journal titled FSAONE. In a statement, founder Peter Zellner said: "We are very grateful for the museum's spirit of collaboration. In particular, I am especially honored by A+D Executive Director Dora Epstein-Jones's vision, generous support and advocacy for the Free School of Architecture." The partnership is not new for A+D, an institution with deep ties to architectural public education. Epstein-Jones—a founding member of the FSA Advisory Board—explained in a statement that the partnership would bolster A+D’s role in the architectural community: “We are pleased to offer classes and spaces in our galleries to this endeavor, and to be a true center for architectural discourse in our city. Education is our ethical mission at the A+D Museum." FSA was started by Zellner following a thought-provoking debate between Zellner and Southern California Institute of Architecture faculty Todd Gannon via The Architect’s Newspaper. See here for Zellner’s original editorial, Architectural education is broken—here’s how to fix it, and here for Gannon’s response: Of prophets and professionals: a response to Peter Zellner. For more information, visit the FSA website.