learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

Acme wins 2010 RIBA Manser Medal for Hunsett Mill

Congratulations to Acme and the whole team behind this year’s RIBA Manser Medal winning house, Hunsett Mill in the Norfolk Broads. It’s a subtle and beautiful adaptation of an existing cottage in a part of the world very close to my heart, and I am distinctly jealous of the house’s owners.

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PhD life: Norfolk asparagus

The asparagus season has started in England, and while at home in Norfolk over the weekend we celebrated the arrival of this wonderful crop. Dishes tried so far have included asparagus lasagne (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it), asparagus and eggs for breakfast and (perhaps my favourite) simply steamed asparagus served with melted butter and fresh garlic.

Sadly I’m back in the city now, and have yet to see such thick purpley-green stems in any of the shops.

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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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