learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education


One week ago today, on 10 September 2012, I traveled to Belfast to sit my PhD viva. I was examined by Professor Helena Webster of Oxford Brookes University and Dr Ken Sterrett of Queen’s University. I am delighted to report that the viva was both a successful and enjoyable experience: I have passed with a few minor revisions, which I will submit to Queen’s within the next eight weeks. The hard copy of the thesis will be available in QUB’s library and an electronic version will be available to download from the British Library in due course.

I am now living and working across the water in my home county of Norfolk, where I have been appointed Lecturer in Architecture at Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA). We are busy working to prepare and deliver the first year of a new three year BA (Honours) degree in architecture, starting later this month.

Although my activity on this blog will now slow down, you can continue to follow me on Twitter (@jbenedictbrown) and on our (soon to be launched) NUCA blog and twitter account.

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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.


Click here for the bibliography to date.


Click here for a selection of peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed writing.


Click here for a glossary-in-progress of key terms used in the project.

Conference diary

Conferences and seminars of interest to the project.


All images are used for illustrative purposes only, and the copyright remains with the artist and/or creator. Please contact me if I have misappropriated an image or incorrectly credited it.


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