Tricia Austin

Tricia Austin is an academic, PhD supervisor, author, curator and design consultant. She is currently Course Leader of MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, UAL. The post-graduate course pioneers collaborative practice among architects, spatial designers, communication designers, curators and writers. Tricia is also Research Leader for the Spatial Practices Programme at Central Saint Martins. She has convened international conferences, lectured and run multidisciplinary collaborative live projects in Europe, Asia, the USA and Latin America. Central Saint MartinsUniversity of the Arts London Granary Building, 1 Granary Square
London, N1C 4AA Tel:  020 7514 8535 Mobile: 07939 104247 Email: p.austin@csm.arts.ac.uk

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Ethical Dilemmas in Managing and Teaching Live Sponsored Student Projects

Live projects, involving real places, real issues and real users are usually welcomed by art and design students and staff as valuable test beds for learning and research. Live projects release students from the tyranny of the screen and counteract self-referential paper projects by immersing students in the grain and complexity of the physical, social and political world at large. However, live projects also raise a number of issues that have not been widely discussed and which deserve examination. This paper explores ethical dilemmas that arise from sponsored student design projects and reflects on how these can also surface in pro bono live projects. The paper concludes by advocating a framework for good practice informed by staff, student and client feedback, as well as the live projects protocols that have been created by the Innovation Centre at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

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