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Live Projects 2011 invited academics and teachers in architecture, built environment and design disciplines to a one day colloquium about the use of live projects in higher education.

A live project in architectural education may be defined as a teaching project that brings students of architecture into contact with one or more aspects of the reality of architectural practice: a real client, a real timeline and a real outcome that is of value to the client. Established as an adaptation of the studio-based model of architectural education, their origins lie in nineteen-fifties’ experiments in the university-based architectural education. Contemporary UK live projects are increasingly cited as developing broader skill-sets in their students than traditional studio based projects, often drawing reference from design/build or service learning projects in North America.  Yet despite their established use in architectural education, live projects remain under theorised, with primarily descriptive rather than analytical research.

Live Projects 2011 offered live project academics, practitioners and students a focused opportunity to:

  • present, discuss and critique live project practice and research
  • propose and develop areas for future practice and research
  • meet and network with peers at schools of architecture in Britain and Ireland
  • develop their contributions for subsequent publication

Sincere thanks to all our delegates and guests for such an enjoyable and informative day.

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