According to Kotěra and Gočár’s statutes establishing the Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Architecture, the school “provides technically prepared students an education on an artistic foundation.” It tries to maintain the idea of a “special” school of architecture that sees architectural production as an unquestioned artistic discipline. The school gives students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from technical schools the chance to further develop their talent. The focus of instruction is on work in the studio and daily contact with the professor, teaching assistants, external instructors, and invited specialists. The school offers an intellectual environment and an atmosphere of pressure and safety – pressure towards absolute engagement and the safety of being allowed to make mistakes. Conceptual and aesthetic factors are placed above universally accepted viewpoints. The goal of any task is to exhaust all possible solutions to a problem. In this way, despite the students’ different approaches, their individual results can be seen as the products of a joint effort.
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