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!”

From denial to acceptance: a turning point for design studio in architecture education

James Benedict Brown At the time of writing, in early May 2020, most architecture educators have passed through all five stages of the Kübler-Ross model of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, acceptance (Kübler-Ross, 1969). We spent the first two months of the year in a politically-sanctioned period of denial. When it became apparent that theContinue reading “From denial to acceptance: a turning point for design studio in architecture education”

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”

Meetup 04: What next?

The fourth #DistanceDesignEd Meetup was held on Tuesday 24 March, asking the question ‘What next?’. The live note document is here and this also has a capture of the text chat. Please keep adding to this (resources, comments, ideas). Thanks to all contributors so far and a huge thank you to everyone who took partContinue reading “Meetup 04: What next?”

The preliminary successes and drawbacks of a turn to distance design studio learning.

Dr Lorraine Marshalsey SFHEA It seems the technological campuses of tomorrow have manifested today as an essential and spontaneous response to the COVID-19 world outbreak. This article briefly discusses the current pivot from an on-campus physical design studio curriculum towards a distance learning and online delivery model in higher education.  Many universities have quickly re-focusedContinue reading “The preliminary successes and drawbacks of a turn to distance design studio learning.”

Meetup 03: Crisis Curriculum

The third meetup was held on Wednesday 8 April 2020 on the subject of Crisis Curriculum (full recording below). You can find the meeting notes here (please feel free to keep adding). And you can find the presentation with prompt questions here. As always, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the discussion.

Some academic work on Distance Design Education

There isn’t much research into distance design education and what does exist tends to be informal and/or case study based. This is slowly changing as both design and education research has matured and developed over the past few decades. The excerpts in this post are draft versions of work in progress exploring Virtual Design StudiosContinue reading “Some academic work on Distance Design Education”