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The LSA at this year’s Association of Architectural Educators conference


The LSA is hosting ‘Archi-culture: Exploring (innovations in) Contemporary Studio Culture’ — a panel discussion at this week’s Association of Architectural Educators conference. The panel has been curated and will be chaired by Rae Whittow-Williams, Critical Practice tutor at the LSA and features Second Year Design Tutor Jessie Turnbull and LSA graduate Alexander Frehse.

The panel discussion seeks to explore the concept of contemporary design studio culture within both architectural education and practice, and reflect upon how innovations in teaching methods and technology might challenge and/ or support future models of practice.

The term ‘studio culture’ has both positive and negative connotations for architects and recent graduates; historically lauded as a place where a community of students develop and hone their own creative processes and learn to be critiqued under the watchful eye of a unit master, archi-culture has also become notorious for the high-stress competitive environment it creates, including a ‘long hours’ philosophy which breeds bad habits within the wider profession.

As increasing importance is placed on improving student wellbeing and the diversity of the profession, to what extent do the stereotypical characteristics of archi-culture apply to contemporary models of architectural education and emerging models of practice? And how can innovations in teaching methodologies and collaboration empower students and equip them with the skills they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving context of the built environment profession?

The Panel

  • Rae Whittow-Williams, Critical Practice Tutor at the London School of Architecture & Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL (Panel Chair)
  • Helen Aston, leader of BA3 at Manchester School of Architecture & PRAXXIS atelier
  • Alexander Frehse, ex- London School of Architecture student ( first cohort) & Co-Founder of Studio 8FOLD
  • Pedro Gil, Senior Lecturer at Brighton School of Architecture, Senior Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL & Director/ Founder of Studio Gil
  • Torange Khonsari, Course Leader ‘Design for Cultural Commons’ at The Cass, Co-Founder & Director of Public Work
  • Jessie Turnbull, 2nd Year Design Tutor at the LSA & Associate at MICA

The peer reviewed conference is hosted by the University of Westminster this week. Tickets for the conference can be purchased here.