Who Should Judge in a Architecture Studio Competition?

TitleWho Should Judge in a Architecture Studio Competition?
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published03/1997
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsarchitecture , Conflict of Interest
AbstractThe Architecture School at Z University holds an annual contest to determine the top individual project work by a student in a senior year studio course. The winner competes in an intercollegiate competition whose prize is a prestigious, and generous, fellowship for the purpose of traveling abroad to observe great architectural works first hand. Senior individual project work in studio courses is a big part of the architecture school's curriculum, in which students usually invest large amounts of time, energy, emotion and ego. Prize winning senior studio project work tends to reflect quite favorably upon the supervising faculty member --in the same way that teachers of prize winning musicians or painters have their reputations thereby enhanced. Architecture School faculty judge the contest, however, no faculty member is allowed to be a judge of his or her own student's work. Jane, a senior student, who wants to enter her project in the contest doesn't think that faculty who teach senior studio courses should be involved in the judging at all. She communicates this view to the Dean of the Architecture School, who raises the issue at a faculty meeting. One faculty member says that, in his opinion, Jane is concerned because she thinks several faculty members don't like her personally. Another faculty member says he doubts this is the case, but that, in his opinion, even if some faculty members don't like Jane, they wouldn't allow this to affect their decisions as judges. Assume that the issue of whether to exclude Architecture School faculty who teach senior studio courses from judging in the contest comes to a vote at the faculty meeting, and that you are a faculty member in the Architecture School. How do you vote, and why?
NotesCase from the March 6, 1997 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1997.
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