learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

New directions

Art School

After a few months of silence, some exciting news to share.

Having submitted by thesis for examination at the start of the summer, I now have a viva confirmed for 10 September 2012. As with many past academic work, the longer I’ve spent away from my thesis the more uncertain I’ve become of its strengths. While I place great importance on doubtfulness, I remain very proud of my work and will be actively returning to it in the coming weeks to rehearse its arguments and themes.

But that is not all that will happen in September. I will be getting married, turning thirty and – perhaps more significantly for my followers on this blog – starting a new job. I have accepted the offer of a Lectureship in Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). I will be working with Course Leader Adrian Friend of Friend and Company as NUA launches its new BA (Hons) in Architecture this autumn. I’m very excited to be joining a small institution with a rich heritage and a great team of people across a focused portfolio of disciplines. The challenges and opportunities are equally immense, and I look forward to moving down to Norfolk (my home county) to start work in September.

Whether this particular blog will continue, or be found up and publicly archived (like my M.Arch dissertation blog) is still to be determined, but I very much hope to stay in contact with you, my followers. Stay tuned!

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About the project

learning architecture is an academic blog of James Benedict Brown, previously a doctoral candidate in architectural pedagogy at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. James passed his viva in September 2012 and graduated the following December.

About the author

James Benedict Brown has worked and studied in England, Northern Ireland, France and Canada. Following the completion of his PhD at QUB, he was appointed Lecturer in Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts. A short bio is here.

About the supervisors

The project is supervised by Prof. Ruth Morrow and Keith McAllister. Prior to his appointment at Qatar University in 2009, Prof. Ashraf Salama also supervised the project.


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