Education Academy Workshop (Education Academy)

WORKSHOP by: EAAE Education Academy. Published: March 3, 2020.

Education Academy Workshop, Oslo 21.04-22.04.2021

2/5 – architectural education and research practice: resonating fields

The EAAE Education Academy invites architecture educators, students and university administrators, policy makers, research institutions and researchers, funding agencies, professional bodies and architectural practices that are committed to education in architecture and in related disciplines to discuss and deepen its position paper Principles and Practices of Architectural Education. To do so, the EAAE Education Academy launches a new series of five workshops, from autumn 2019 till autumn 2021.
This second workshop – “Resonating fields” – states that architectural research practice stands in the forefront of societal and environmental urge and demands, and invites all participants for reflection and speculation about the following three questions:
The main goal of architectural education is not to deliver scientific researchers. What then, are the rationales behind establishing close connections between research and teaching? When, and under which circumstances are close connections with research practice edifying for the student? Which skills, competences and dispositions are developed by this entanglement of research and teaching? Which qualities does the practice of research bring to the development of design learning ?
Can the design studio become a place of research in itself? When and under which conditions is the design studio a privileged site, where the inquisitive studio tutor is able to experiment in a way that cannot be done in professional practice, nor in more traditional scientific research settings? When and how does the design studio lead to the emergence of both new insights for the student, and new ideas for society and how do they manifest themselves?
Which drivers determine the research agenda of an institution? Which drivers determine the agenda of the studio assignment? Which measures can be taken to ensure that both research practice and architectural education effectively become resonating fields?


About the EAAE EA Position Paper
The position paper “Principles and Practices of Architectural Education” is intended as a reference document for all actors involved in production and care for the built and unbuilt environment. It responds to the ongoing changes within society that affect the architectural profession as well as architectural education and research.
The paper declares the principles for the development of a vibrant, internationally recognized, qualitatively outstanding and well-grounded architectural education and research, in order to lead to a well-informed professional practice. The statements of the position paper are open to discussion. As such, the paper is a source of inspiration, dialogue and exchange concerning the future curriculum and pedagogy of architectural education.
The paper contains five chapters, each focusing on one part within architectural education (AE). The first chapter, “What can architectural education do and for whom” (1) clarifies the potential societal meaning of AE graduates in the current-day world. Chapter two focuses on the “conditions under which AE can flourish” (2), hence defining the role of the design studio around which all curricula orbit.
The last three chapters clear up the interlinked connection between AE and design practice. “Teaching-through-design” (3) primarily determines teaching architecture as a practice in itself, requiring a pedagogy of playful anticipatory imagination. “Mutual learning” (4) then explains the reciprocity between practice and academia, which is to be assured by including practitioner educators and equalling professional merit to academic qualification. “Resonating fields” (5), the last chapter, clarifies to role and conceptualisation of research, that is to be understood as the common quest in which both the students and teachers are engaged in, thus defining the architectural design studios and by extension AE as a whole, as a place of research in itself.
invitation for participation and call for trigger papers

Call for trigger presentations and papers
The workshop will be framed round a limited but thought-provoking selection of position statements and presentations of practices that are able to trigger the discussion.
Educators (and) architects, but also students, policy makers, representatives of professional bodies, chambers of architects, construction industry or creative sectors, are invited to send a proposal for a short presentation (10’). Send an abstract of 250 words (max) and graphic material to before Tuesday 19 January 2021. Selection will be communicated on Tuesday 2 February 2021.

Invitation for participation
Unlike many other academic conferences and seminars, the EAAE EA workshops do not consist of paper presentations only. The workshops operate through working sessions based upon intensive debate among all participants in smaller groups. Therefore we need more voices and thoughts than paper presentations. The Education Academy aims to be a platform and think-tank where concerns and best-practices all across Europe can be shared. We thus invite each architectural educator within the community of the EAAE to join the workshop and participate in the debate, particularly also without submitting an abstract.
the outcomes of the workshop
The workshop aims to make clear statements about the potentials of the interconnection of architectural research practice and architectural education, and how to reach and/or secure them.
The more provocative and convincing papers will be selected to be part of an international publication edited by the Education Academy, collecting the more interesting outcomes of the five workshops. The authors of the selected papers will be asked to develop their abstract to a full paper.

Participation is free, but registration is obligatory. Soon we will upload the link here!
For any questions related to practicalities and organization of the workshop contact Ulrika Herlofsen ( For any questions related to registration and the content of this workshop, or the EAAE Education Academy in general, contact
Certificates of attendance are available on request.


Call re-launch: Tuesday 1 September 2020

Submissions in: Tuesday 19 January 2021

Notification of selection: Tuesday 2 February 2021

Registrations for participation open: Tuesday 1 September 2020

End of registration for participation: Tuesday 13 April 2021

Thursday 22 April
13:30 – 14:00 welcome and introduction 14:00 – 15:30 session 01
15:30 – 16:00 break
16:00 – 17:30 session 02
19:00 dinner (to be paid)
Friday 23 April
09:00 – 11:00 session 03
11:00 – 11:30 break
11:30 – 13:00 round table session wrap up
13:00 end
For updates about the workshop, please check the website


More info soon at the website

All participants are invited for a meal on the Wednesday evening, with advance reservations, and to be paid for by participants (about 40€). The AHO will provide drinks at mid-afternoon, and the mid-morning break.


Ole Gustavsen (Dean of AHO – host)

Ulrika Herlofsen (AHO – host)

EAAE Education workshop working group:   

Dag Boutsen (Faculty of Architecture – KULeuven)

Johan De Walsche (EA main coordinator – University of Antwerp)

Riva Lava (NTUA School of Architecture – Athens)

Gunnar Parelius (NTNU – Trondheim)

Mia Roth Cerina (Faculty of Architecture – University of Zagreb)

Carla Sentieri Omarrementeria (UPV València)

Sevgi Türkkan (Faculty of Architecture – Istanbul Technical University)

Pnina Avidar (Fontys – Tilburg)

Michela Barosio (Politecnico di Torino)


April 21, 2021



Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design