29 and 30 June 2012 | London Metropolitan University
Call for Papers: Studio Culture no. 5
Studio Culture conferences are funded by the Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE), and targeted at design studio teachers of UK based Undergraduate Architecture Courses. The aim is to promote discussion and sharing of experience amongst teachers of architecture.
We invite tutors to consider issues around teaching architecture, and make invitations to host one of a series of a 1 hour workshops at the conference or to present a 40 minute paper. Deadline for submissions is 1st May 2012.
2012 is the last of five Studio Culture conferences to be funded by CEBE following its phasing out and incorporation into the Higher Education Academy by Summer 2012. Given the end of this funding, this year we aim to consider ‘the intercultural studio’ by reflecting on the interactions in studio culture. This will consider the relationships between cultures that surround architectural education, relationships between international institutions, practice, clients, other disciplines, and within the studio itself.
The conference will be held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June at London Metropolitan University, during the season of summer exhibitions in London (including non-London schools of architecture), and thus at a point where the varied products of studio methods are on show.
We invite studio teachers to present workshops around aspects of studio culture, considering the following plus related issues:
- How is a ’studio culture’ set up within a studio? How does the nationality and background of the students, tutors and visiting critics influence this?
- How can we capitalise on cultural variations to ensure that they contribute to studio teaching and learning? The role of studio teaching in providing ‘intercultural’ skills that allow students to successfully develop and express architectural proposals.
- How do we produce criticality in a post crit culture? How do we crit design? How do we do this constructively?
- How can exchanges of students, lecturing architects, academics, study trips and events promote an understanding of architecture beyond the parochial concerns of one institution or the professional scene (or ‘industry’) in one particular country? How can this perspective become a critical too?
- How can those doing research into new forms of practice and attempting to adapt the role of the architect (for example London Met’s Free Unit) interact with those who study the discipline of architecture (history, technique, language etc.)?
- How can an architecture education prepare students for moving around to find work (especially given the current financial crisis and great differences in opportunities between neighbouring countries)?
- How do the agendas underlying architectural education in different countries affect the position and status of architects in their respective countries?
- How can working or having sites for teaching projects in other countries inform teaching and practice?
- How can global challenges, e.g. financial and environmental, be addressed within teaching – especially as many countries have different standards (cultural and regulatory).
- How can architecture educators influence policy making to support a design culture (for example by increasing open competitions or supporting students more financially).
The likely programme of the conference will be:
Friday 29 June 2012, am
Introduction by Professor Robert Mull – Conjoint Dean of Faculty of Architecture an Spatial Design and Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University. Followed by a series of papers from invited speakers
Friday 29 June 2012, pm
Friday 29 June 2012, evening
Evening Reception and Keynote Lecture
Saturday 30 June 2012, am
Saturday 30 June 2012, pm
Introduction by London Met studio teachers to ASD’s Summer Show 2012
Please submit proposals for workshops and/or papers (max 500 words) and a short CV to:
Deadline for submissions is 1st May 2012.
Anne Markey, Director of ASD Projects
Jen Ng, ASD Graduate at ASD Projects
Viktor Jak and David Leech, ASD Studio 1
Nina Lundvall and James Payne, ASD Studio 5
Fran Balaam and Michael Corr, ASD Studio 9