12 Ways to Check your Briefs

Author: Ricardo Sosa, PhD Background Studio learning is a “signature pedagogy” of contemporary design education with origins in fine arts schools. These days there is a wide range of flavours and practices that characterise design studios, from basic foundation courses to student-led and capstone projects with industry. A critical component of all studio experiences isContinue reading “12 Ways to Check your Briefs”

Towards an ecosystem-of-learning for architectural education: random concepts as prompts and provocations

By Jolanda Morkel and Hermie Delport* This article is based on an online presentation delivered on 22 May 2020 for the Teaching Architecture Online: Methods and Outcomes seminar, organised by Curtin University and Özyeğin University, titled ‘Responsive Ecosystems for Architectural Education’ (Morkel & Delport, 2020). In this article, we propose that, rather than the on-ground-onlineContinue reading “Towards an ecosystem-of-learning for architectural education: random concepts as prompts and provocations”

The Guide to Creating Distance Design Courses is finally here!

As noted in this post, it’s been a bit quiet because time’s gone into producing the new guide for Creating Distance Design Courses, which is now available here: https://distancedesigneducation.com/creating-distance-design-courses/ It took a bit longer than expected (it started out as a blog post but ended up being a 20k word monster!), so there’s a fewContinue reading “The Guide to Creating Distance Design Courses is finally here!”

Recipe: Making the design process visible

Lawson famously noted that, in observing the design process, “…there is not a lot of action to be seen and what is there cannot be readily understood.” (Lawson, 2005 p.216). This gives us a bit of a challenge in distance design education: if it’s hard enough to ‘see’ it in a traditional setting, how doContinue reading “Recipe: Making the design process visible”

Recipe: Online final design reviews

Jolanda Morkel, Department of Architectural Technology and Interior Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South AfricaJo Berben, Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University, BelgiumSteven Feast, Architecture and Interior Architecture, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University, Australia Introduction The final design review, also known as the portfolio review or design jury, isContinue reading “Recipe: Online final design reviews”

Recipe: The live online desk crit

Architecture and design programs across the globe are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by rapidly moving learning and teaching online. Although there’s ample precedent for online theoretical learning, fewer examples of virtual and remote studios exist, specifically related to the online desk crit. The live online crits described here are conducted via webinar / webContinue reading “Recipe: The live online desk crit”

Assessment – some notes

Edited by Derek Jones and Jolanda Morkel Meetup 02 focused on assessment and in particular on what changes design educators are considering in response to current crises. You can find the live notes from the session here. If anyone from the session spots anything we’ve missed or wishes to edit anything then please let meContinue reading “Assessment – some notes”

Meetup: 02 – Assessment

The second #DistanceDesignEd Meetup was held on Tuesday 24 March on the subject of Assessment. The live note document is here and this also has a capture of the text chat. Please keep adding to this (resources, comments, ideas). We’ll post soon with a a summary on the topic. Thanks to all contributors so farContinue reading “Meetup: 02 – Assessment”

Virtual Design Studios

The design studio is a signature pedagogy in art and design education (Crowther 2013; Shulman 2005). It provides a physical, social and cultural place within which students can simulate real world practice without the associated risks and with expert practitioner and pedagogical support in the form of the studio tutor (Schön 1987; Kimbell 2011). Therefore,Continue reading “Virtual Design Studios”

Recipe: Make crisis your curriculum

If you’re a design educator who is/has been a practitioner, how many times did you have a perfect submission deadline? One you completed well in advance with no last minute panics? No last minute plotter ink running out? Hard drive packing up with that 1.1GB PS file? Never? Feel free to post in the commentsContinue reading “Recipe: Make crisis your curriculum”