Education Academy Workshop (Education Academy)

WORKSHOP by: EAAE Education Academy. Published: December 1, 2021.

Principles and Practices of Architectural Education

A new series of workshops of the EAAE Education Academy

3 December 2021 – 13:30h-15:30h – online



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.

This fourth workshop of the position paper series, investigates the conditions that architectural education needs for flourishing. While the precious workshop focused on the educational qualities of architectural design practice, and pedagogies of teaching-through-design, this workshop goes deeper into the climate, conditions and principles that are required in order to make this particular pedagogical practice flourish. Teaching is mediated through teachers, and architectural education emanates from a unique dialogue between the academic world and architectural practice. Who then are the “right” teachers to secure this dialogue? Design studio is discussion-centered and responsive and can thrive both within and beyond the campus. It entails multiple pedagogical formats and transforms itself into a variety of spatial settings: lecture hall, laboratory, workshop, exhibition space. What are the requirements, qualities and impacts of each format? Failure is the rocket fuel of innovation and expanded fields of enquiry. How to ensure a safe climate that inheres the option of failing, and values its effect? A design studio is a black box, an unregulated context, a place of exposure, negotiation and debate. To which extent is studio also a community, and a space to inhabit? Architectural education can only serve the needs of a diverse society, if it is as diverse as the society it seeks to serve.  How to realise inclusive architectural education? 


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.

The Position Paper Workshop Series cycles through these chapters in backwards order, starting from the relationships with research and practice, to conclude with an updated view on the relevance of architectural education, and why it is clever for a society to cherish it!


Programme and invitation for participation

The Education Academy aims to be a platform and think-tank where concerns and best-practices all across Europe can be shared. The workshop will be framed around four presentations, through which we invite each architectural educator within the community of the EAAE to comment, discuss, amend, and actively contribute to reframing the debate!

13:30-13:35   Welcome (Dag Boutsen)

13:35-14:00   The role of the school in the education of an architect. (Riva Lava)

14:00-14:25   The studio as scolè: a set of conditions and principles. (Johan De Walsche)

14:25-14:50   Nomadic atmospheres, unpaved paths and unregulated energy fields: flourishing architectural education conditions. (Dag Boutsen)

14:50-15:15   Mutual learning. Dance at the school of architecture for a more inclusive society. (Carla Sentieri Omarrementeria)

15:15-15:30   Wrap up.


The workshop will take place online. Participation is free, but in order to have an idea about the participation, we kindly ask you to register through this link. The link will be send to registered users.

For any questions related to practicalities and organization of the workshop contact  Certificates of attendance are available on request.

For updates about the workshop, please check the website



Organizing and scientific team 

EAAE  EA position paper working group

Michela Barosio (Politecnico di Torino)
Dag Boutsen (Faculty of Architecture – KULeuven)

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

Riva Lava (NTUA School of Architecture – Athens)

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

Carla Sentieri Omarrementeria (UPV València

Previous workshops:

1/5 – architectural education and professional practice: mutual learning

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

3/5 – architectural education and research practice: teaching through design

This workshop is part of a Workshop Series on SDGs in the architectural education, feel free to join!


EAAE Education Academy series of five workshops

2021-12-03  |  4/5 Conditions for flourishing
2021-11-05  |  3/5 Teaching-through-design
2021-04-23  |  2/5 Architectural education and research practice: resonating fields
2019-11-29  |  1/5 Architectural education and professional practice: mutual learning


December 3, 2021


Online : link will be sent to registrants


EAAE Education Academy