Get Up, Stand Up

Author: Ricardo Sosa, PhD Background Perhaps you, like me, have always taught and presented at conferences in a standing position. As it turns out, how we use our bodies is as important in online interactions as it is in face-to-face situations. It took me a pandemic to fully appreciate this. This is a deceptively simpleContinue reading “Get Up, Stand Up”

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”

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: 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: 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: 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”