Rock, paper, scissors : reflective practice for design process in the novice landscape architect

Seevinck, Jennifer & Lenigas, Thomas (2013) Rock, paper, scissors : reflective practice for design process in the novice landscape architect. In Reitan, Janne Beate, Lloyd, Peter James, Bohemia, Erik, Merete Nielsen, Liv, Digranes, Ingvild, & Lutnæs, Eva (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers (Volume 3), ABM-media, Oslo, Norway, pp. 2145-2159.


We describe a pedagogical approach that addresses challenges in design education for novices. These include an inability to frame new problems and limited-to-no design capability or domain knowledge. Such challenges can reduce student engagement with design practice, cause derivative design solutions as well as the inappropriate simplification of design assignments and assessment criteria by educators. We argue that a curriculum that develops the student’s design process will enable them to deal with the uncertain and dynamic situations that characterise design. We describe how this may be achieved and explain our pedagogical approach in terms of methods from Reflective Practice and theories of abstraction and creativity. We present a landscape architecture unit, recently taught, as an example. It constitutes design exercises that require little domain or design expertise to support the development of conceptual thinking and a design rationale. We show how this approach (a) leveraged the novice’s existing spatial and thinking skills while (b) retaining contextually-rich design situations. Examples of the design exercises taught are described along with samples of student work. The assessment rationale is also presented and explained. Finally, we conclude by reflecting on how this approach relates to innovation, sustainability and other disciplines.

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ID Code: 59670
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Reflective Practice, problem framing, architecture, creativity, teaching design, HERN
ISBN: 978-82-93298-05-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 25 Sep 2013 23:27
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