Harriet Harriss to speak about architecture education at Dezeen Day

Harriet Harriss to speak about architecture education at Dezeen Day

Harriet Harriss, dean of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York, will speak about the future of design education at Dezeen Day on 30 October.

Harriss, who recently became the second female dean of the school, will discuss pioneering new models of design education, an issue that she focuses on in her writing, teaching and research.

She will also present her views on gender inequality in architecture, and discuss how to widen participation to ensure the industry reflects the diversity of the society it seeks to serve.

The education panel at Dezeen Day will discuss whether design and architecture schools have become divorced from the real world, and explore how to transform it.

The other panelists are Zaha Hadid Architects principal Patrik Schumacher, designer Stacie Woolsey, who has created her own masters course, and Neil Pinder, a secondary-school design teacher from London.

Harriet Harriss to speak about architecture education at Dezeen Day
Harriet Harriss has joined the speakers at Dezeen Day

Harriss, who judged the inaugural Dezeen Awards in 2018, studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University.

Before moving to New York City, she led the post-graduate research programme in architecture at the Royal College of Art in London.

Her books include Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education and the British Tradition, and A Gendered Profession, which explores gender imbalance in the architecture profession.

Dezeen Day is an international architecture, interiors and design conference that will be held at BFI Southbank, on the bank of the Thames in central London, on Wednesday 30 October.

The conference will address key topics including future cities, the circular economy and running a successful design business.

Read about all the speakers announced so far and see the full schedule for the day.

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The illustration is by Rima Sabina Aouf.