Learning about Architecture: The Art of Making and Being

By Lara Mackintosh and Michael Philips.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: February 15, 2017 $US5.00

Internationally, design-build programs within architectural education have a long and successful history, and yet the teaching practices and learning outcomes embedded within these programs it still considered innovative. Such programs, while increasing in number, have yet to be integrated within mainstream architectural education, despite their broad reaching and long lasting outcomes. A key component of these programs is the critical reflection that takes as part of the design process, during construction and once the project is inhabited. This paper builds on the authors’ experiences of and within a number of design-build programs and discusses the role of critical reflection in the learning experience. A model for future design-build programs is introduced alongside a framework of architectural pedagogy being developed to support transformative experiences in architectural learning. Design-build programs provide diverse opportunities for learners and communities alike to understand each other and develop a sense of self and identity. This understanding, realised through the sharing of experience of making and being in place, challenges the beliefs and values of those involved, and has the potential to prompt, support and sustain socially and environmentally responsible architectural practices.

Keywords: Design-build, Transformative Learning, Reflective Practice

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: February 15, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 767.178KB)).

Lara Mackintosh

Director, Learning and Teaching, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Michael Philips

Sessional Staff Member, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia