Designing risk into the design studio

Hedley, Peter W., Smith, Dianne J., & Fermer, David J. (2007) Designing risk into the design studio. In Proceedings 'At Risk' conference, Wellington, New Zealand, July 2-6, 2007, Wellington, New Zealand.

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In 2006, course structures were standardized across the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering. As a consequence, a number of changes were required, including the time available to teach interior design being reduced from six to four hours per week. We were driven to seek an alternative to the traditional ‘studio based’ learning model even if it involved risk. Using an intensive experience-based learning process, a new Learning and Teaching Model combined information and ideas with planned experiences. Action research is integral to the Model.

Outcomes include highly engaged students, group ownership of content and teaching amongst the staff, and a transparency of course content that offers all parties common ground from which to discuss changes and improvements. The Model facilitates student-directed learning. The first year design units outlined are a useful vehicle to identify and discuss the risks involved in embracing change within the university context. The aim of this paper is to identify risks and to propose a process to manage risk embedded in innovations. The Model also offers a successful alternative to the traditional project-based studio format, and could be adopted to any of the design disciplines.

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ID Code: 8316
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: design studio, design education, teaching and learning, risk, interior design, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice (120303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The Authors
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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