learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

Juhanni Pallasmaa in Belfast, 10 February

Of all the public lectures to miss in my own department, this one is particularly annoying. However, if you’re in Belfast on Wednesday 10 February, Finnish architect, former professor of architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and a former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture Juhanni Pallasmaa will be speaking at Queens. The lecture starts at 18h00 in LG_115 in the David Keir Building on Stranmillis Road. Pallasmaa’s book The Thinking Hand was an excellent discovery for the fifth year architecture elective on practice and education that I co-directed this year.

Much to my great personal torment, I will not be in Belfast but on a brief exchange visit here… watch this space for more.

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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.

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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.

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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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