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- Sustaining the studio: a snapshot of academics' perceptions towards studio in 2007
Ostwald, Michael J.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, School of Architecture and Built Environment
- ‘The studio’ is considered fundamental and central to the education of architecture students and yet its meaning is expansive and ambiguous. References to ‘the studio’ date back to 1750s in France, at the Academie des Beaux-Arts and many elements of this studio are still prevalent today. In 2007, architectural academics in Australasia were asked to define the ‘studio’ and to elucidate the variety of meanings. This paper will report the results of a series of interviews and focus groups about academics’ perceptions of the studio. The paper identifies central themes on the basis of frequency and highlights the differences in practice between institutions. Physical workspace, interestingly, was linked to less than half of the studio descriptions. This percentage increased to two‐thirds when associations to teaching spaces and conceptual spaces (learning communities and virtual networks) are included. The other major link made to ‘studio’ and its meaning were to the unit of study in ‘design studio’. This paper investigates why the associated meaning of studio has evolved and blended with design studio from the 1990s to 2007. Other themes to be discussed will include teaching approaches to increase student engagement, and the impact of students’ mobility and reduced contact hours leading to the studio being a day or an event. In conclusion the paper will identify how academics in Australasia are sustaining ‘studio’ according to current demands of the university environment.
- 5th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia. AASA 2009 Sustainable Theory/Theorizing Sustainability: Proceedings from the Fifth International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia (Wellington, New Zealand 4-5 September, 2009)
- Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
- Resource Type
- conference paper