We believe there is an urgent need to reconfigure the institution of studio in order to address the pressing academic and professional issues of our time.
We are putting forth what we feel are the guiding principles which must inform a progressive studio culture: agency, balance, flexibility, diversity, interactivity, interdisciplinarity, and sustainability.
Despite a transformed global context, the same paternalistic model of studio culture that has existed since the Beaux Arts remains in place.
“Studio culture”, as currently practiced, promotes an outdated and parochial understanding of how design knowledge is produced, valuing expertise over synthesis and image over process and practice.
The NAAB Handbook is quite clear in its support of a balanced life, however the advice is habitually ignored.
Architects from Virtruvius to Le Corbusier have claimed to hold the responsibility of teaching society how to live productive, artful lives.
Balance A recent study on mental health in architecture school paints a bleak picture of the experience of studio culture.
The idea that “all-nighters” are a necessary part of any project work schedule is an accepted and often expected practice.
Because of this, most do not realize they could have far greater agency in the formation of their education.
The default tendency is for students to uncritically accept the premises in a given curriculum, syllabus, or studio problem, thus negating their stake.