Special Issue and Call for Papers – Alternative Studios: Design Education Changes in 2020

Call for Papers for a Special Issue in Design and Technology Education: An International Journal titled Alternative Studios: Design Education Changes in 2020  Call for abstracts deadline: 28 February 2021 Full paper deadline: 30 April Publication: June or October 2021 (dependant on submissions) Guest Editors: Derek Jones, The Open University (UK) Nicole Lotz, The OpenContinue reading “Special Issue and Call for Papers – Alternative Studios: Design Education Changes in 2020”

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:

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”