Architect Zellner to set up free urban design course

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  (L-R) LAXART's Josie Freedman, architect Peter Zellner and Ben Spector attend the House Of Campari presentation of Kara Tanaka's Dissolver At LAXART on September 20, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Campari)

US architect Peter Zellner has announced plans to open a post-graduate architecture school in Los Angeles that won’t charge tuition fees.

The Free School of Architecture (FSA) is set to launch in summer 2017 with a class of 12 students and a faculty of 10 teachers, offering 12 courses over six weeks.

The not-for-profit organisation will be tuition- and salary-free. It will “explore the edges of architectural education” according to the website.


However, it will not be accredited nor offer professional degrees, and students will not receive grades nor produce designs and written pieces.

“Students and teachers will be no longer forced into their usual roles and ideas can be literally exchanged for free,” said Zellner (pictured centre), who founded LA-based studio Zellner and Company and has taught at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture.

The architect has been critical of the teaching of the profession and has called formore sharing of creative and technical information and more challenges to orthodox thought patterns.

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