Education Academy Workshop (Education Academy)

WORKSHOP by: EAAE Education Academy. Published: June 25, 2017.

4th Workshop: Report and impression

Why do you teach like you do? Teaching by design

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


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



List of participants


Invitation for participation
EA Athens Programme

Report of the 4th Workshop


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)

Impression of the 4th Workshop


October 12, 2017


Patision st., 42, Athens, Greece


NTUA School of Architecture