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Episode 22: Michael Jemtrud - "I like to be able to work with a little"

James Benedict Brown

After delivering a keynote lecture at the Architecture_MPS conference in Bristol earlier this year, Professor Michael Jemtrud of McGill University's School of Architecture invited me to stop by during my recent visit to Montréal. Michael is the Founding Director of Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM), and his teaching and research at McGill's School of Architecture includes a number of collaborations in the city and province.

We talked about two projects in which Michael and his students have been deeply involved: Le Salon 1861, a co-working and community space in a deconsecrated historic church in the heart of Montréal's Little Burgundy, and Little Burgundy Narratives, an ongoing research-creation project in the same neighbourhood.

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Episode 21: ASN Sheffield - Collaborating Across Borders

James Benedict Brown

University of Sheffield Arts Tower

Five days before the UK's referendum on the country's continuing membership of the European Union, the Architecture Students Network convened a one day conference at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) Collaborating Across Borders.

Following trigger papers from Prof. Fionn Stevenson (SSoA Head), Peggy Lim (outgoing Sheffield Students' Union International Students' Officer) and Deborah Cobbett (English language instructor), the conference broke for lunch. While we browsed the SSoA end of year show, I asked student delegates for their perspectives on the internationalisation of architectural education and the upcoming referendum.

The conference programme and more info about the ASN could be found here.

Episode 20: Carole Levesque - "I thought architecture was so boring"

James Benedict Brown

Carole Levesque in her office at UQAM

In episode 20, the first of three episodes recorded in Montréal, Québec, I speak to Professor Carole Levesque at the School of Design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM).

We first heard from Carole in episode 12 of the podcast, when I met her at the 2016 AIARG Conference in Cork, Ireland. In this episode, we take more time to discuss her teaching, research, live projects and emerging project to map and represent the terrains vagues (leftover spaces) of the island of Montréal.

Episode 19: Lorraine Farrelly & Flora Samuel on Architecture at the University of Reading

James Benedict Brown

In episode 19 I take time out from the recent aae 2016 conference to talk to Professors Lorraine Farrelly and Flora Samuel about the new BSc Architecture course at the University of Reading, which opens in autumn 2016. We discuss the establishment of a research culture and teaching environment.

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Episode 18: live from day two of AAE 2016

James Benedict Brown

Episode 18 is the second of two special "live" conference podcasts from the 3rd international conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) hosted by the Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London. In this episode, I talk to some of the delegates during on the second day of this year's conference at school's temporary home at 132 and 140 Hampstead Road.

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Episode 17: live from day one of AAE 2016

James Benedict Brown

Episode 17 is the first of two special "live" conference podcasts from the 3rd international conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) hosted by the Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London,  In this episode, I talk to some of the delegates during the first full day of this year's conference at school's temporary home at 132 and 140 Hampstead Road.

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Episode 16: Radical Pedagogies, with Harriet Harriss & Daisy Froud

James Benedict Brown

Episode 16 of the Arch. Ed. Podcast talks to Dr. Harriet Harriss and Daisy Froud, co-editors of Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education and the British Tradition, published in May 2015 by RIBA Publishing. 

Featuring chapters by Mel Dodd, Sam Jacob, Alan Powers, Jack Self, Tatjana Schneider and others, Radical Pedagogies presents a debate about the future of architectural education, placing it within its unique historic tradition and raising questions as to where architecture schools should be situated, who should be teaching it and what should be included.

For a limited time only, RIBA Bookshops are offering Arch. Ed. Podcast listeners an exclusive offer: 20% off Radical Pedagogies. To claim your discount, order Radical Pedagogies from RIBA Bookshops and apply your discount code RADPEDS2016 at the checkout. The voucher expires on 1 May 2016.  It can be used once for a single transaction and excludes postage and packing.  Full terms & conditions are available at ribabookshops.com.

Episode 15: guns in the design studio

James Benedict Brown

From 1 August 2016, students will be allowed to carry concealed firearms on public college and university campuses in Texas. So how do educators at Texan schools of architecture feel about teaching students who may be armed?

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been supported in part by the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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Episode 14: live from day two of NCBDS 32

James Benedict Brown

Episode 14 is the second of two special "live" conference podcasts from the 32nd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In this episode, the conference moves to the Cal Poly campus in beautiful (and I mean beautiful) SLO.

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been supported in part by the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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Episode 13: live from day one of NCBDS 32

James Benedict Brown

Episode 13 is the first of two special "live" conference podcasts from the 32nd National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In this episode, I talk to some of the delegates during the first day of this year's conference at the Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach, California.

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been supported in part by the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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Episode 12: AIARG 2016, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Ireland

James Benedict Brown

The Arch. Ed. Podcast is back for 2016, with moments from the fifth annual conference of the All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG) at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Ireland. Featuring Professor Lesley Lokko (University of Johannesburg), Elie Harfouche (Lebanese American University), Carole Levesque (Université du Québec à Montréal), Rosina Shatarova (University of Architecture Sofia), John McLoughlin and Orla McKeever (Cork Centre for Architectural Education).

Episode 11: the interview - Professor Ashraf M. Salama

James Benedict Brown

Episode 11 of the Arch. Ed. Podcast is a conversation with Professor Ashraf M. SalamaHead of the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Prof. Salama is the author of the recently published Spatial Design Education: New Directions for Pedagogy in Architecture and Beyond (Ashgate, 2015). Calling on an unprecedented survey of recent literature and practice in architectural education, the book is - in my humble opinion - a new cornerstone in architecture pedagogy. The book regards design education as a paradigm whose evolutionary processes, underpinning theories, contents, methods, tools, are questioned and critically examined. Building on twenty five years of research and explorations into design pedagogy in architecture and urban design, this book authoritatively offers a critical analysis of a continuously evolving profession, its associated societal processes and the way in which design education reacts to their demands. Innovative teaching practices in lecture-based and introductory design courses are identified and characterised including inquiry-based, active and experiential learning. These investigations are all interwoven to elucidate a comprehensive understanding of contemporary design education in architecture and allied disciplines.

Prior to his appointment at Strathclyde in 2014, Professor Salama was the Founding Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University in Doha. He has held permanent, tenured, and visiting positions at Misr International University and Al-Azhar University in Egypt; University of Naples Federico II in Italy; King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia; and Queen's University Belfast in the United Kingdom. Having studied, worked and taught in Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East, Professor Salama brings a uniquely informed perspective to architectural education, one that asks demanding questions of the standards we set ourselves as educators.

Spatial Design Education's RRP is £75, but for a limited time, listeners of the Arch. Ed. Podcast can buy the book with a 50% discount on ashgate.com  – saving £37.50. Simply add the discount code 50BLL14N at checkout.

Episode 10: the Public School for Architecture Brussels

James Benedict Brown

What would a school of architecture look like if there was no assessment, no qualifications, and no professional validation? The Public School for Architecture Brussels (PSA-Bxl) is an experiment in open source education. It's a self-organising educational programme where the curriculum and schedule are proposed by the general public.

A few weeks ago I took up the open invitation of the PSA-Bxl to propose a short workshop about knowledge and critical reflexivity. While in Brussels, I made sure I had the chance to sit down with Thomas Guilleux, Jorg De Vries and Lars Fisher, three of the PSA-Bxl's current committee members to learn more about the institution.

Episode 9: the interview - Eamonn Canniffe

James Benedict Brown

This week sees the launch of a new format for periodic episodes of the podcast: the Arch. Ed. Podcast interview. These occasional episodes are an opportunity to talk in more depth with an individual architectural teacher about their education, practice and research, and how they came to be a teacher.

In this first one-to-one interview, I talk to Eamonn Canniffe, Principal Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, and Course Leader of the MA Architecture + Urbanism

Born in Manchester in 1960, Eamonn studied Architecture at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. He held a Rome Scholarship in the Fine Arts at the British School at Rome, before teaching alternately at the Manchester School of Architecture (1986-1998 and 2006 to date) and the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (1998-2006) - where he taught me as an undergraduate student and taught me to appreciate the importance of a good cioccolata calda when appreciating the Italian townscape.

Amongst other publications, he is the author of The Politics of the Piazza: the history and meaning of the Italian square (Ashgate, 2007) and Urban Ethic: Design in the Contemporary City, (Routledge, 2006).

 

Episode 8: the RIBA Education Forum

James Benedict Brown

Episode 8 of the Arch. Ed. Podcast comes from London with comment from this week's RIBA Education Forum. This exceptional open event included a vote by RIBA Council Members on five recommendations from the Institute's Review of Architectural Education. Looking ahead to EU's revised Professional Qualifications Directive (PQD), which becomes law in January 2016, these recommendations envision a revised framework for architectural education that permits schools of architecture greater flexibility in the structure and delivery of the course, as well as:

  • A requirement for a minimum of two years of assessed professional practical experience within a typical seven year period
  • A seven year integrated award (with the facility for universities to still award a first degree in architecture after three years)
  • Academic credits available for one year of work-based learning, with the option for students to study within a framework of four years full-time study and three years professional practical experience
  • A 300 ECTS credit programme that is compliant with the requirements of the Bologna agreement
  • Access to the register of architects and title of architect on successful completion of the integrated course

In this episode of the podcast, we hear from proponents, critics and interested observers of these recommended changes.

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Photo credit: 66 Portland Place, by Nick Garrod on Flickr.

Episode 7: meet the Architecture Students Network (ASN)

James Benedict Brown

On Saturday 21 February 2015, more than fifty students from more than twenty UK schools of architecture converged on the Manchester School of Architecture for the ASN Futures Conference, convened to discuss (amongst other things) the new RIBA Education review and the future of architectural education in UK. Episode 7 of the Arch. Ed. Podcast reports from Manchester with just some of the student perspectives on architectural education today.

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Episode 6: live from day two of NCBDS 31

James Benedict Brown

Episode 6 is the second of two special "live" conference podcasts from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston in Texas and the 31st National Conference on the Beginning Design Student. In this episode, James talks to some of the delegates and participants during the first full day of this year's conference.

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been made possible by the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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Episode 5: live from day one of NCBDS 31

James Benedict Brown

Episode 5 is the first of two special "live" conference podcasts from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston in Texas and the 31st National Conference on the Beginning Design Student. In this episode, James talks to some of the delegates and participants during the first full day of this year's conference.

This episode of the Arch. Ed. Podcast has been made possible by the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University.

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Episode 4: educating or training architects?

James Benedict Brown

Following the publication of the RIBA's 2014 Skills Survey Report (pdf here) episode four of the Arch. Ed. Podcast turns its attention to age old questions. Do practitioners believe that universities are failing to preparing students for practice? Do educators believe that practices are failing to provide sufficient on the job training for Part III students? And do bears defecate in woods?

With guests Anne Markey, Director of Phelan Architects and CASSprojects at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University; Vinesh Pomal, Architect at Levitt Bernstein and co-founder of the Architects Student Network; and Emma Curtin, Architect, Co-ordinator of the BA Architecture first year at the University of Liverpool, and chair of The Friends of London Road Fire Station in Manchester.

Episode 3: the future of architectural education

James Benedict Brown

In episode 3 of the Arch. Ed. Podcast, we revisit the November 2014 Architecture Foundation debate on the future of architectural education, with guests Peter Clegg, Senior Partner at FCBS and Professor of Architecture at the University of BathGem Barton, editor of Edge Condition and Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton; and Neil Spiller, Dean of Architecture at the University of Greenwich.

In anticipation of the long awaited RIBA Review of Architectural Education, some familiar questions were posed. Why is architectural education so long? Why does it have such a standardised structure and duration? Is our studio culture supportive or exclusive? Can design crits ever relinquish their combative and abusive reputations? And does the perennial unit system of organising the design studio into a free market of student choice continue to serve students?

Gem Barton's survey on pathways into architecture academia can be found here.

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