“Training the Architect”: Modern Architectural Education Experiences






Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


In 1937, Walter Gropius wrote “Training the Architect” for his presentation as Chairman of the Department of Architecture of Harvard University. It reinvented his experience in the Bauhaus, between 1919 and 1928, and became the pedagogical program for the new Modern paradigm of an architectural education. At that moment, the Beaux–Arts system was being revaluated and the American schools of architecture intended to approach the university through a scientific and technological curriculum.

How to Cite

Moniz, G. C. (2013). “Training the Architect”: Modern Architectural Education Experiences. Docomomo Journal, (49), 10–15. https://doi.org/10.52200/49.A.DZZ54XNF




Author Biography

Gonçalo Canto Moniz, University of Coimbra

Graduated in Architecture at the Department of Architecture of Faculty of Sciences and Technology of University of Coimbra where he is a senior lecturer and editor of e|d|arq. PhD in Architecture at the University of Coimbra in 2011, with the thesis “Modern Architectural Education”. Researcher and member of the Executive Board of the Centre for Social Studies. He has been researching and publishing about modern architecture in Portugal, namely about high school buildings and architectural education.


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