While the Yale School of Architecture is one of the leading architectural education programs in the country, it is—probably to the surprise of many—much younger than similar programs at universities with whom it shares top billing. MIT, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard, in that order, began to teach architecture in the latter part of the 19th Century. Yale did not offer an architecture degree until 1916. Pedagogy and Place: Celebrating 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale, looks back on the evolution of Yale’s unique approach, beginning with an early Beaux-Arts influence to mid-century leadership under Paul Rudolph (who acted as both architect and client for his Art and Architecture Building at Yale). Documentation for the exhibit, which is on view until May 8, was collected over the course of two years of current Dean Robert A.M. Stern’s seminar “Pedagogy and Place.”
As the Yale School of Architecture celebrates its centennial, it also prepares to welcome its first new dean in nearly twenty years when Deborah Berke succeeds Stern this summer.