learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

Download the full text of my PhD: “A Critique of the Live Project”

So, here it is. After slightly more than three years of full time study, countless supervisions, dozens of drafts and revised drafts – here is the final text of my PhD thesis, A Critique of the Live Project. I’ve uploaded it using the digital publishing service Issuu. I’d love to embed it here, but WordPress don’t allow Issuu files to be embedded on their own blogs, so please follow the two links below to either view the thesis online or to download your own PDF copy. You can also, if you prefer, pay for a printed copy to be dispatched to you.

A bound copy will be available shortly from the McClay Library at QUB in Belfast, and a digital text will theoretically be available soon from the British Library’s Ethos archive (although no-one has approached me yet about providing this).

A Critique of the Live Project (volume 1)

A Critique of the Live Project (volume 2 – appendices)

In addition to my peer-reviewed contributions at academic conferences, I have also delivered a couple of guest lectures at Birmingham, Strathclyde, and shortly Portsmouth Universities. If you’d like me to present some of my research on live projects and architectural education at your own institution, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Each opportunity to talk about my work gives me a further chance to develop the ideas in it and tailor them to the interests of a particular course or school. I’m now working full time at Norwich University of the Arts as a Lecturer on the new BA(Hons) Architecture course.

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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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