CO03 INSTITUTION Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture

Studies in architectural practices

TEACHING STAFF

Katrine Lotz, Assistant professor/PhD, Architect MAA, CINARK

SUBJECT AREA   NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS É CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of student’s work
3 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES n/a   PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 2 ONLINE HOURS 1.5 9
ON LINE TUTORIALS

4

HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK

10-40

64

OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT Forum TOTAL 11.5-41.5 75
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 6 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA PhD-interests, architectural experience, 350 words abstract on study-subject
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

The course will introduce to relevant methods and theories for studies of architectural practice.  

As an architect in research, it is necessary to develop ways of looking into the profession that can supplement those inherited through ones own practise. The practical experience as an architect provides invaluable information on the field but in order to convey this knowledge in a broader research discourse it needs to be sustained methodological and theoretically. 

The theoretical background is Science-Technology-Studies (STS), a branch of theories developed through ethnographical studies of technological and scientific practises. During the last decades STS studies, especially within the sub-branch Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) has successfully transferred this body of knowledge to the field of architecture, and proved to form a set of strong tools for the studies of architectural practises.

The methodological background is a set of classical do’s and dont’s within ethnographical studies, that when combined with ANT is able to include things and artefacts as actors in the social network.

The theoretical and methodological framework thus provides a kind of a ‘missing link’ to earlier studies of architectural practise, where ‘the social’ was understood only as interaction among humans – and thus not able to include architectural proposals as having the ability to change the course of action. 

The course offers online lectures and additional course material in the form of exercises and lists of relevant literature. The resulting paper will be read and commented twice before the final hand-in. 

The course is relevant as a pre-study for a phd-thesis or in the beginning of a phd-study aiming at studies in architectural practice.

 

 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS
  1. Knowledge of the historic development and theoretical frameworks of studies of architectural practice, including STS and ANT-derived literature
  2. Basic knowledge on practise based research methodologies,
  3. Experience in conducting practise based research on architectural practises

 

 

 

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE
Written and illustrated paper of 15-20.000 signs.  
 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE