THE FREE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE IS NOT A SCHOOL.
The Free School of Architecture is a participant-led six week event committed to the free exploration and exchange of ideas in and around the expanded field of architecture, freed from traditional pedagogical and professional frameworks. Focused on and determined through peer-to-peer learning, participant directed programming and an ever changing network of affiliations and collaborations, the aim of the Free School of Architecture is to facilitate a dialogue between peers worldwide who share in the pursuit of architecture, and to expand and support a space for free thought where this architecture can happen.
The Free School of Architecture was founded in 2016 in Los Angeles by architect and educator Peter Zellner. The inaugural meeting of 30-odd participants over the summer of 2017 was a moment of pause, an opportunity to take stock and allow the time and space for conversations removed from the structures that typically dictate architectural discourse. Following this, it became apparent that what was required was not an educational institution, with its pedagogical hierarchies, curriculum, and qualifications. Instead the Free School of Architecture is an occasion that convenes, and is convened by, a body of participants who share in a desire to experiment in what architecture is, and with what it could be.
The Free School of Architecture is run by and exists through FSA, supported by the FSA advisors. FSA is the body of participants who attend and engage in the Free School of Architecture each year, and who continue to evolve and enact the Free School of Architecture’s multiplicity of values and attentions through to the next.