Our project begins with scholarship, not the detached obscure study of postmodern theory – but study that takes the discipline of architecture, historic and present, as its subject. Architectural education today places too great an emphasis on skills training and not enough on knowledge and understanding. Unfortunately the enlightened culture of education funded in parts by philanthropy and the state, and organised for the benefit of society as a whole has been replaced by a highly competitive market in teaching and learning in which students are ‘processed’ rather than educated. It is for this reason that we established the AE Foundation in May 2011, with the aim of raising the standard of architectural discourse by repositioning architecture as an intellectual pursuit of great cultural value.