ERIC Number: ED185876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Studio Design Work in First Year Architectural Education. Advisory Centre Occasional Papers in University Education.
Claridge, Philip George Brian
A course for first-year architectural students is described. The approach concentrated on developing an understanding of the nature of design activity through exploration of the kind of thinking that may be applied in order to improve the first-year studio work. The course is based on the following premises: (1) it is possible and educationally desirable to separate a thinking process from any product that results from that process; and (2) beginning students bring with them knowledge and experience from their everyday life that provide a useful starting point for investigation of the activity of design, and it is desirable to proceed from this starting point. Studio work consistently differentiated between work relating to learning about the nature of design (process) and work where the end product of the process was the main concern. The pattern of work was: a project in which an intuitive approach towards satisfying certain design conditions was indicated; a series of projects aimed at exploring particular aspects of the process now shown to be a natural way of proceeding towards some desired future state and relating this to architectural needs; and an exercise designed to reach a satisfactory architectural expression meeting the conditions set. Projects included accommodation for architecture library in an existing space, accommodation for medical general practitioners, and an exhibition stand for solar energy hot water units. Implications of the approach for professional education are considered. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Adelaide Univ. (Australia).