"Regionalism has many advantages as a conceptual framework for designeducation, not the least of which is its empasis on process over style. Re-gionalism requires that architecture reflect its time, place and culture andthat it link the past, the present, and perhaps the future. In terms of educa-tion, therefore, regionalest approach must consider a broadly based human-ism as part of his/her professionalism.The paper discusses definitions of regionalism, contrasting Kenneth Framp-ton's ideas on "critical regionalism" with Thomas Schumacher's notion that*regional differences, like certain ethnic traits, are perhaps best left aloneto percolate up through the structure of more universal values. "The workof architects such as Goifrey Bawa, Luis Barragan, Hassan Fathy, Tadeo Andoand Sedat Hakk; Eldem is discussed to elucidate differing approaches to re-gionalism based on the interaction of contemporary issues and timelessqualities drawn from local culture.The paper outlines the skills specific to a regionalist approach. These in-dude the ability to "read" and analyze vernacular landscapes, urban formsand building typologies and the understanding of technological choices basedupon climate, material availability, and the economics and skill of the laborforce. A skill of a different kind is the ability to "read" culture, particular-ly as it is manifest in built form and to develop a cross-cultural viewpointthat recognizes that even wthin one country there may be distinct sub-cultures, despite commonalities. The work of Edward Said, Edward T. Hall,J.B. Jackson adn Christopher Alexander illuminates this point of view.As a case study in education, the paper outlines the teaching of regionalismat the University of Maryland School of Architecture, where regionalism Isthe conceptual basis for a graduate degree concentration in Design for Deel-oping Countries. Finally , the paper places the study of regionalism In the more general context of architectural education and suggests that regionalistvalues should bcome part of the sensibilities of students and practicing ar-chitects."