Meetup 08: Framing Design Education: A Study of A Non-hierarchical Architectural Design Studio

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, littleContinue reading “Meetup 08: Framing Design Education: A Study of A Non-hierarchical Architectural Design Studio”

Meetup 07: Design thinking

Meetup 07 featured Robert O’Toole presenting Warwick University’s move to online and distance learning and, in particular, their use of a suite of online design tools in order to support student needs. The meetup notes are here and you can watch the recording below:

Meetup 06: DIAgram Model

Meetup 6 featured Kate Tregloan and her team’s work on implementing distance learning design support for architecture and design at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The presentation was based on the work presented in the article BEL+T designs a DIAgram … a relational framework for teaching online, outlining both the vision of the team as wellContinue reading “Meetup 06: DIAgram Model”

Taking care of mind and body – the Corona Semester as a challenge for the ‘leib’

A working note. By Andreas Ken Lanig. In this article I would like to discuss a few of these and reflect on particular experiences from distance learning that can be helpful in countering such deficits. I’m sure you’ve experienced this too in these strange days – Staff and students are doubly tired: First, the amountContinue reading “Taking care of mind and body – the Corona Semester as a challenge for the ‘leib’”

Designing in partnership with students at a distance

This blog was co-authored by Abbie Jackson, Anna Ward-Stancheva,  Leo Rees-Evans, Mar Reyes and Rebekah Manston, Design and Innovation students at the Open University as well as Georgy Holden and Nicole Lotz, Senior Lecturers at the Open University. On June 25th 2020, the third annual exhibition of work of OU design students was launched. Our studentsContinue reading “Designing in partnership with students at a distance”

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: One-shot video

Time and location often challenges collaboration and rich communication. We often struggle to convey the details of our work when people are not present. A short, rough video can capture what is already “on the table” without the need for extra notes. Get others close to your thoughts and progress by sharing content and thinkingContinue reading “Recipe: One-shot video”

Recipe: Quick social studio

This recipe comes from The Open University course U101: Design Thinking, where, right at the start of the course, we want students to engage with the material in an active way that will encourage them to continue. At the same time, the activity has to: introduce students to distance learning; introduce them to the subjectContinue reading “Recipe: Quick social studio”