Education Academy Workshop (Education Academy)

WORKSHOP by: EAAE Education Academy, PUBLISHED: June 25, 2017

4th Workshop – Why do you teach like you do? Teaching by design – Invitation for participation

‘The call for trigger papers is closed. However, as the workshop does not consist of presentations only, but primarily relies upon discussion and debate – triggered by the papers that we selected – we invite you to actively participate in the workshop, also without presenting a paper. Participation is free, but registration is required.’

Architectural education has been, and still is, a pedagogy driven by design – a creative process leading to innovation. The design studio is the backbone of the programme. Design is seen, by a growing amount of professions, as the means of dealing with complex and ill-defined problems. What values do we target when teaching by design? What does the design studio offer to the studio’s protagonists – students and teachers? Is the studio “the best way for students to learn, and not just the best way for schools to teach”*? What are the responsibilities of each of the protagonists in this context? The Bologna reform has (over)emphasized the independent student. Qualification has become a matter of collecting competences. Teaching is driven towards achieving pre-specified outcomes. The question of value is skipped. The increased emphasis on learning overrules the concerns of the educator, and targets towards a product.

Education, however, is not merely an economic activity, supplying for a need. It does not just provide courses as a commodity for students’ self-learning. Education addresses and enhances values. What is one’s teaching supposed to bring about? What is good education in architecture? What are architectural education values? Which manner of education will contribute the most in conveying these values? Why is design the best way to teach (in) architecture? Who is educating? What we value as ‘good education’ relates to context and time. Therefore, these questions are an inherent part of any discussion about architectural education, and need to be posed again.

Why do we teach? Why do we teach like we do? The coming meeting of the education academy will address the purpose of architectural design education from three perspectives.
Image: students at work in the courtyard of the Athens School of Architecture © Michalis Gatzias

 invitation and registration for participation

We are looking for trigger case studies – examples of good practice from within architectural education, in which the school takes a position or a stance. The workshop will be framed round a (small but thought-provoking) selection of such triggering papers.

Educators (and) architects are invited to send a proposal for a short presentation (10’) to trigger the discussion. Send a short description of 250 words (max) and any graphic material, if required, to Deadline: Tuesday 27 June 2017. Selections will be communicated on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

Next to the call for trigger papers, we invite each architectural educator within the community of the EAAE to join the workshop and participate in the debate. Participation is free (there are no fees), but registration is required.


Registration for the workshop can be done at or For any questions related to content of this workshop please contact For any questions related to practicalities and organization please contact For questions about the EAAE Education Academy in general, contact


2017-05-23 | Call date - CLOSED
2017-06-28 | Submission of trigger papers - CLOSED
2017-07-11 | Notifiation of selection
2017-09-20 | End of registration for participation

Organizing Committee

Riva Lava (Athens School of Architecture NTUA, host)
Oya Atalay Franck (EAAE, Education Academy)
Pnina Avidar (EAAE, Education Academy)
Johan De Walsche (EAAE, Education Academy)
Madeleine Maaskant (EAAE, Academy of Architecture)
Gunnar Parelius (EAAE, Education Academy)
Sally Stewart (EAAE, Education Academy)


October 12, 2017


Athens, Greece


NTUA School of Architecture

Education Academy