learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

Shortlisted: RIBA President’s Award for Research 2013

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I’m delighted and honoured to announce today that my PhD thesis A Critique of the Live Project has been shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis 2013. The winner will be announced in the autumn. The other shortlisted candidates in this category are:

  • Ricardo Agarez of University College Dublin: Regionalism, Modernism and Vernacular Tradition in the Architecture of Algarve, Portugal, 1925-1965
  • Yara Sharif of the University of Westminster: PhD by Design Searching for Spaces of Possibilities and Spaces of Imagination within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

The full RIBA Press Release is available here.

Remember, you can download the full text of the thesis from this blog on this page.

Thanks again to Professor Ruth Morrow, Mr. Keith McAllister and Professor Ashraf Salama for their supervisory guidance, without whom I wouldn’t be in this position today.

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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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