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.