learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

Café ‘ope

A light supper in Café Hope, the jaundiced bistro in the New Library at Queens University Belfast. You’d expect it to be busier, given how many students are fighting for desk space in the library during this exam period, but the coffee is pricey (and not that great) and you can’t get chips with the gourmet burger of the day (£5.25). Fatal flaws, and a huge captive audience missed…

Addendum: an overheard conversation between a waitress and another customer reveals that there can be no chips in Hope, because the university won’t allow a deep-fat fryer in the library building.

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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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