Architectural Pedagogy - ARCH6000

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Rebecca Hobbs checkmark-circle


One of the Stage 5 optional modules, this module aims to provide students with a formal programme in teaching architectural design and communication. Students will develop a good understanding of architectural pedagogy, first through practical experience in first year undergraduate studio teaching and second through research in higher education. The focus is on teaching and learning models specific to architecture, such as studio-based tutorials and design reviews. The module is taught through a combination of lectures/seminars, tutorials, and review sessions. Teaching and assessment of this module is divided into two components: 1) theory of architectural education 2) teaching practice. For the theory component students produce an academic essay based on a topic in architectural education. Through these essays students will explore a particular area of architectural education in greater depth. Students will choose a topic in consultation with the module convenor and will develop their research over the course of the term. Feedback is provided during seminars/tutorials and formative review sessions. During the reviews students will present their research and receive feedback from a panel of critics. The lectures/seminars will introduce students to (a) educational theories and models of architectural education (b) research methodologies in education and (c) practical pedagogical methods used in studio teaching. For the practical component, stage 5 students take on the role of Teaching Assistants in autumn and spring terms under the supervision of a dedicated studio tutor and the module convenor.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 150 hours (this includes both tutorial time with the convenor/tutors and time spent by the student in the role of Teaching Assistant)
Private Study Hours: 150 hours
Total Hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Essay (Theory) (50%)
Diary and Written Reflection (Practice) (50%)
Both of the above assessed components must be passed

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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Cohen, L. M., L. (1994). Research Methods in Education. London: Routledge.
Gelernter (1988) "Reconciling Lectures and Studios." Journal of Architectural Education 41(2): 46-52.
Groat & Wang. (2002). Architectural Research Methods (Second ed.) (Chichester: Wiley)
Hejduk, J. (1988) Education of an Architect. New York City: Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, Rizzoli.
Jones, C. (1981). Design Methods – Seeds of Human Futures. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Kock, A. (2002). The Redesign of Studio Culture. A Report of the AIAS Studio Culture Force. Washington D.C: American Institute of Architecture Students
Lawson, B. (2006). How Designers think: The design process demystified. Oxford: Architectural Press
Perry, E. (1995) "Design Thinking: the studio as a laboratory of architectural design research." Architectural Research Quarterly 1(4): 16 - 21.
Scho¨n, D. A., (2003). The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action. London: Ashgate
Sheil, B. (2005). Design through Making. Chichester: Wiley.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 A knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings
2 A knowledge of the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture
3 A knowledge of how theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design
4 A critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to architectural culture,
theory and design.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 Problem solving skills, professional judgment, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances
2 Independent thought about the subject and ability to rationalise the principal directions taken
3 An ability to communicate effectively and well, using a range of communication skills.
4 An ability to formulate a research proposal with its appropriate methodology.
5 An ability to communicate and discuss cultural context topics effectively.
6 An ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice.
7 An ability to argue rationally and to draw independent conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical and critical approach to data, demonstration and argument.
8 An ability to evaluate research and a variety of types of information and evidence critically.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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