Every design teacher whether the be in architecture, graphic design, industrial design, landscape or urban design has the dilemma of how to make their research count.
So what makes a good architecture school? Everyone seems to have an opinion about it. It’s a complex area. Some architects wonder why the graduates of architecture schools are not technically skilled or seem totally useless. A largely baseless and crude accusation that contributes nothing tot he debate. Any attempt to either consult or change […]
I know many international readers of this blog will imagine me lolling about on beaches, surfing the waves, driving across the dunes, wrestling Crocs, or drinking in the pubs. Of course when I look at the Instagram and Facebook feeds of the other architectural academics I know they are all having a great time over summer. […]
This week I discuss the need to acknowledge wicked problems in architecture. Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas? Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts, and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds? Why are they carrying elegant canes beautifully worked in silver and […]
As an architecture student I was a miserable wretch and I was treated as such by my design tutors. At my part-time architecture job I slept at nights under the dyeline machine in the back of the office I worked in. Every week when I presented my studio work at the crits it was torture. […]
Whilst we are waiting for the outcome of our federal election it is worth noting that The Abbott-Turnbull government has increased funding to a new project that measures quality in tertiary education. This initiative is called QILT: Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching. QILT is a ranking system that relies on independent data based on […]
Why architecture students and even university managers should go to design studio. I went to my Archi school reunion recently. It had a kind of 80s theme. It was great. The pitch for it went like this: If you remember the days of set squares, Rotring pens, dyeline machines, compulsory Charles Jencks text, cardboard models […]