Jeremy Till had often proclaimed that ‘architecture education is deeply conservative!’
Distance Design Education Meetup 8 sought to expand Till’s claim by questioning the appropriateness of the one-to-one, Master and Apprentice model of desk crits. Numerous design education researchers (Goldschmidt, Webster, and maybe even yourself!) have recognised the shortcomings of such siloed reviews.
Yet, little has been expounded on how alternative mechanisms and pedagogical frameworks can be utilised in our formative design studios. Ping presented a concise history of architectural education from the medieval job sites, the Beaux-Arts on to the Bauhaus and ultimately to the Unit Systems of UK’s Architectural Association in questioning the relevancies of such siloed teaching practices predicated on authoritative Master and Apprentice pedagogy. He also shared some of the mechanisms and the outcomes of an alternative non-hierarchical studio pedagogy framework used in Singapore Polytechnic, that oscillates between the baggage of traditions and the precarious jobscapes of the future.
Catch the recording below and If you might have some thoughts, Zhengping Liow can be contacted on Twitter – https://twitter.com/zhengpingliow and his works can be found on https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zhengping_Liow.