learning architecture


a PhD in live projects and architectural education

I also write about buildings

Having gone to some length to persuade the editors of a certain architecture periodical that (as a Glasgow/Belfast based correspondent) I’m ideally placed to write on new buildings in Scotland and Northern Ireland, it turned out that my trip to the Isle of Skye began in London. After an excellent evening in the company of Public Works and others for Engaged and Enraged, it was time to head north.

Really north.

Four hundred miles by train, then another two hundred or so by car and ferry, on assignment to report on some fascinating new houses on the Isle of Skye by Dualchas. More on that in your favourite architectural weekly in the next couple of months.

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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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Conferences and seminars of interest to the project.


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