learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

Published: Live Projects as Critical Pedagogies


I’m delighted to announce that a chapter I co-wrote with Prof. Ruth Morrow at Queen’s University Belfast has been published by in a high profile new book on live projects.

Live Projects: Designing With People has been edited by Melanie Dodd, Fiona Harrisson and Esther Charlesworth at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. It features chapters from architectural educators both the northern and southern hemispheres, and includes our chapter that critically explores the potential of critical pedagogy as a theoretical framework for understanding live projects.

It is, without doubt, the book I am most proud to have been involved in, simply because it represents a major step forward in the development of the literature on live projects. I’ve received my author’s copy, and am reliably informed that the first print run is now working its way into the usual distribution streams. In advance of it becoming available to buy from your preferred supplier, please use the ISBN 978-1921426933.

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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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