Mon 5 Mar 2018, 6.30–8pm
Cass Research Seminars:
Pedagogy Panel: Teaching, Research, Architecture


Room GSG-15
The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TP

Cass summer show

At this Cass Reseach Seminar, four educators will discuss the relationship between teaching, research and pedagogy, with a focus on architecture. Each contributor will make a short presentation, followed by a lively panel discussion with the audience, with provocations from the chair and discussant Cecile Tshirhart (London Met Head of Student Experience and Student Outcomes).

James Benedict Brown (editor of Charette, RCA): The UK (pop. 65 million) now has more than 50 schools of architecture. France has a similar population, and about 25. Even the USA, more than 5 times our population, has about 100 schools. What's behind this explosive growth in the number of architecture schools and - more importantly - why are they all the same? In this polemic, James Benedict Brown makes the case for a radical and long overdue deregulation of architecture education. James Benedict Brown is the Editor of Charrette, the journal of the Association of Architectural Educators, and a podcaster on architecture education. He currently teaches at the Royal College of Art.

Sandra Denicke-Polcher (The Cass, deputy head of Architecture) will speak about an Architecture of Multiple Authorship. The initiative Architecture of Multiple Authorship explores the opportunities and challenges of engaging with live projects as part of the university-based architectural education. The work identifies the complex relationships between architectural education and practice. With a situationist approach to architecture, community projects are initiated by students, graduates and tutors. Negotiating between academia, practice and society, the development of architecture projects within the university context permits a generous approach to practice and offers students the experience of working on real issues for real clients, whilst enabling an experimental and inquisitive approach to architecture. Live projects include Crossing Cultures, Made in Hayes, The Aldgate Project, Outdoor Stage in Kronberg, Germany, and others. Sandra is deputy head of Architecture and has been teaching the Live Projects Studio 3 since 2000, exploring the relationships between architectural education and practice. She is responsible for the School’s international links with MARCH in Moscow and for the Brazil Programme in São Paulo.

Digby Warren's (London Met, head of CPED) talk is entitled 'Connecting pedagogy and research - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education'. Following Boyer's (1997) call to recognise the "systematic study of teaching and learning processes" as a form of scholarship, there has been a proliferation of educational literature and research aimed at elaboration of this concept and/or investigation into what makes for effective learning in different contexts and disciplines. This brief talk will outline key attributes and steps involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, illustrated with examples from my own practice-based research. Associate Professor Digby Warren, head of CPED, has been working in HE development for over 25 years, specialising in staff professional development and curriculum/learning design for student diversity

Matthew Barac (The Cass, head of RIBA II Diploma) is a chartered architect with a background in professional practice. His doctoral research, which investigated the role of design at the interface between formal and informal urban orders, won plaudits, including the RIBA President's Award for Research (best PhD category) and the International Bauhaus Award. Matthew has written extensively on pedagogy in architecture, in particular as the former director of Architecture Sans Frontieres; and his talk will cover these topics.


Unit 15 Plaster Maquettes of Tower Hamlets Buildings, photo - Halil Yorel

Halil Yorel - unit 15 plaster maquettes

Unit 8 - Marina Gardiner model

Marina Gardiner - unit 8 model


Jane Clossick - Cass Cities Old Kent Road model

Cass summer show

Cass Summer Show

Unit 12 sketch

Unit 12 Sketch

About Cass Research Seminars

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience. The sessions seek cross-fertilisation of ideas and provoke discussion. Typically, they consist of two to three presentations of 15 minutes each followed by chaired discussion.

We had a productive year in 2017/18. Presenters found that the session deepened their work and added unexpected avenues to their thinking. All are welcome at Cass Research Seminars, both from inside and outside The Cass. For more information email and follow us on Twitter for the latest information @CassResearch

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