“It is emphatically not the job of architecture education to mimic practice”

People who say that architecture education isn’t fit for purpose are ignoring the many educators and students addressing very real issues, says Sean Griffiths in defence of the current system. Architecture education is once again under attack. Patrik Schumacher condemns its “art school” model as ill-suited to the production of practice-ready architects. Meanwhile, others decry […]

DezeenChat participants call for design schools to stamp out burnout culture

A burnout culture of “sleep is for the weak” must be stopped in design education for the sake of students’ mental health say #DezeenChat participants. This month, Dezeen asked our followers on Twitter and Instagram if design education is broken, and what could be done to fix it. Readers highlighted a number of issues in […]

Disarming Design from Palestine plans first design school for the West Bank

Design collective Disarming Design from Palestine is in the process of setting up a design school in the West Bank offering residencies for Palestinian designers and the chance for international students to learn about craft from the region. The recently established Disarming Design School is based in the historic Hosh Jalsa building in Birzeit, a town […]

Architecture education is in crisis and detached from the profession, says Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher has hit out at architecture education, accusing schools of being disconnected from the real world and claiming that many teachers use their positions to promote their own agendas. As a result of architecture schools teaching “without any curriculum”, students graduate with a portfolio that “might not include a single design that could meet minimal […]

Join Dezeen’s design education chat on Twitter with #dezeenchat

Is design education broken? Dezeen editors Augusta Pownall and India Block will be taking to Twitter on 4 July at 4pm UK time to discuss the reality of design education with Dezeen readers. Join in using the hashtag #dezeenchat. Not able to make it? Share your thoughts using the comments below and we’ll Tweet on your […]

Stacie Woolsey creates her own masters course as “viable alternative” to design education

Priced out of further education, British design graduate Stacie Woolsey approached designers to help her create her own masters course. Speaking to Dezeen, she says elitism is a problem the industry urgently needs to address. Woolsey had planned to study a masters course after completing her graphic design degree at Kingston University, but was shocked […]

Slender pine slats enclose Evans Tree House in Arkansas by Modus Studio

American firm Modus Studio has used steel and heat-treated pine to build an “alive and mysterious” treehouse in Arkansas. The Evans Tree House is located at Garvan Woodland Gardens, a 210-acre (85-hectare) botanical garden near the town of Hot Springs in central Arkansas. Owned by the University of Arkansas, the nature park occupies a wooded peninsula that is […]

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