Editor’s Statement

KATIE LAU (M.Arch I 2020) and SETH THOMPSON (M.Arch I 2020)

We students of architecture devote the majority of our time, energy, and money to the pursuit of qualification. What, in the end, makes us particularly qualified? A degree? A Yale degree? A license? And what then? Qualified to do what? At what value? In this Fold, we explore how those who are deemed qualified construct and defend pedagogies of education and profession, while those who are determined unqualified subvert traditional modes of practice. In an era of institutional distrust and broad uncertainty about the role and value of the contemporary architect, we ask, what are the boundaries—of practice, of architecture, of expertise?