James Benedict Brown

Dr James Benedict Brown is Lecturer in Architecture at the Leicester School of Architecture. He was awarded a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 2012 for a pedagogical critique of the live project in architectural education, which was shortlisted for the 2013 RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis. He produces a podcast on architectural education, the Arch. Ed. Podcast, and is the Assistant Editor of the open access peer reviewed journal Charrette (ISSN 2054-6718). Dr. James Benedict Brown Lecturer in Architecture Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University, UK james.brown@dmu.ac.uk

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From modern construction to postmodern social constructivism: defining the live project in architectural education

This paper presents an historical survey of the live project in architectural education, proposing that the live project can be conceptualised within three distinct periods: a modern period, a transitional period, and a (contemporary) postmodern period. This paper proposes that an evolution from a modern conception of the live project to a postmodern conception provides insight to attitudinal shift in architectural education. In order to explore what pedagogical frameworks might we help to theorising these contemporary forms, the paper contextualises architecture live project practice against pedagogical mechanisms of client-centred learning in three other disciplines.

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