"It's very inefficient. And it's very undisciplined... f they taught medicine this way, we'd all be dying.-Laurence Booth, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) "I know people who were devastated by this experience and really never recovered. "--Donald Hack!, FAJA the jury sometimes becomes a 'festival' or 'bloodbath', a trauma... even the nomenclature implies that the student is defending his or her project to the jury... And to adopt that attitude with a client is disastrous. "--Charles Moore, FAIA "A humiliating and personally degrading bootcamp of a jury can be much like Drano in the eyelids for a student"--Editor of an architecture student newsletter Juries have been firmly in place for decades as the predominant method used to evaluate students' design performance. Although they may go by different names, the format of design juries is virtually the same in every architecture school in the English-speaking world and in much of Europe as well. In practice, juries are one of the primary means of establishing professional recognition among peers. To date, however, for the most part, juries have remained a "taboo topic", that sacred turf upon which one dare not walk. What's wrong with the jury system? Although it may work well for some students, the result is often chaos. Some faculty liken juries to the classic hazing rituals that young men undergo during their induction into a fraternity. Too many students leave the scene distraught, angry, and humiliated over their poor performance and loss of control at the jury. Many women and students of color--grossly underrepresented in the design professions--find the jury especially gruelling. Tragically, some practicing architects have been scarred for life by devastating jury experiences in school. To many practitioners, juries in practice remain a mystery too. Architects spend hundreds of person-hours and thousands of dollars on professional awards and competition submissions, often without the slightest clue as to how their work will be judged. When the results are in, they often feel discouraged, depressed, bitter, and abused. Design Juries on Trial: The Renaissance of the Design Studio removes the cloak of mystery that surrounds juries by exploring their rationale, their history, how designers can improve their skills, how jurors can be more effective, and how juries can be enhanced to meet their full potential. It offers design students, educators, and practitioners strategies for preparing successful submissions to juries, awards programs, and design competitions. By applying the principles outlined in Design Juries on Trial, students can more successfully make the leap from school into practice, and practitioners can develop more productive relationships with clients, co-workers, and others, creating a more favorable public image for the architectural profession. Guidelines are based on seven years of extensive research with surveys, interviews, observations, and diaries of over 900 participants. Among those interviewed were 30 award-winning architectural, landscape, and interior designers, including Peter Eisenman, Joseph Esherick, Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, Steven Izenour, E. Fay Jones, Richard Meier, Charles Moore, Cesar Pell4 and Robert Stern. Three are American Institute of Architects' Gold Medalists. The lAPS 12 presentation will include highlights of the book, focussing on excerpts from interviews with wellknown designers calling for the metamorphosis of design education and practice."