Bob Allies will chair the new faculty of architecture in Rome

The faculty will relaunch for the 2022/23 academic year, after a 25-year hiatus, with Allies as president.

Other founding faculty members are architects Denise Bennetts, co-founder of Bennetts Associates, Níall McLaughlin of Níall McLaughlin Architects, Tim Bell, Principal at Bell Phillips Architects, Marco Iuliano, Architecture Reader at the University of Liverpool and the art historian MaryAnne Stevens.

The British School at Rome is an interdisciplinary research centre. The new faculty, which will not offer teaching, will rub shoulders with the current Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters and the Faculty of Fine Arts.

The allies described the faculty as “a means of re-emphasizing architecture, of recognizing the importance of architecture as a fundamental aspect of contemporary culture and the importance that history will always have for our culture as a source of knowledge and experience”. . And that’s what Rome brings.

News of the relaunch coincides with the school’s call for applications from early-career Commonwealth architects for its annual three-month Rome Fellowship in Architecture, as well as its three-month Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship for architectural historians and architects who studied in the UK or are British nationals.

The British School at Rome was founded in 1901 with architecture as one of its main disciplines alongside archeology and fine art. He moved into his Edward Lutyens-designed house in the city in 1916.

The original Faculty of Architecture was established in 1912 but, according to Allies, it closed in the 1990s following the withdrawal of Royal Commission architecture funding for the 1851 Exhibition and became a part of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

“Over time I think that’s proven to be a problem for architecture because it means it’s underrepresented,” Allies said, adding that architects had always been important to the school in as a “bridge between artists and scholars”.

The first movement to reinstate architecture “in a stronger way” came when Eric Parry was a member of the school’s council, he says, with new faculty members then pushing to reform the architecture faculty.

“Putting architecture under fine art was a bit of a misnomer,” said Allies, who joined the council three years ago. “Yes, of course art is important for architecture, but architecture is now really at the heart of the huge global issues of sustainability, climate change, urban growth and urban development, so see Rome Stock Exchange as an artistic thing is completely wrong in a sense. .

‘Even more important than the architecture of Rome is the analogy it provides with urban settlements; in other words, its extraordinary story of a city that continues to build, change and evolve. Therefore, it will always be a fascinating place for people interested in cities to study.

Unpaid members of the new faculty will generally hold their positions for a period of five years, although Allies says one person will resign each year with the appointment of a new member.

The primary role of faculty members is to select and support the Roman Architecture Scholar and the Giles Worsley Rome Scholar. The deadline for submitting applications for these two residences for the 2022/23 academic year is July 29.

The new faculty hopes to reinstate the Rome Architecture Scholarship as a nine-month residency – its duration was reduced following the earlier withdrawal of funding – and explore the creation of new scholarships.

Allies said: ‘One thing that is really close to my heart is that we are attracting many, many more architects from the Commonwealth, because it seems to me that it is the Commonwealth countries that are now really facing these big questions. about their cities and their environments. ‘

He himself attended the school on a nine-month scholarship from Rome in 1981/82 and said the residency gave him the opportunity to meet and travel to Italy with people from other disciplines.

“It’s a wonderful exchange between different people with different skills and knowledge,” he said. “It’s an amazing place.”

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