learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

In Manchester

Last time I was in Manchester, I got (metaphorically) legless at a wedding. This time,  a few days later, it seems a Mancunian has become legless (completely unmetaphorically) before a wedding. Tragic.

I’m in town at The Manchester Architecture Research Centre‘s Politics of Design conference for the next two days. Assorted ruminations due shortly.

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This just in via the weekly QUB Students’ Union newsletter, reporting crime statistics relating to students at Queen’s.

Off Campus Discipline Statistics: 1 August 2009 to 14 May 2010

243 Queen’s Students disciplined for anti-social behaviour

£7,425 worth of fines were imposed during the period

173 warnings were imposed during the period

40% were first years

33% were second years

17% were third years

No word on the cleaner-than-clean postgraduate community, then.

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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.


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