Narrative as a Pedagogical tool in Architecture

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

This paper is part of continuing practice and research exploring the use of narrative as a pedagogical tool with the study of architecture.

The study of design requires critical thought, reflection, interpretation, practice, refinement and synthesis all in relation to a client need. Today’s ‘millennial’ learner struggles with the pursuit of architecture as it can be a lone endeavour that requires a high level of engagement, reflection and critique.

Architectural education needs to ensure the teaching of design is relevant to today’s learner. Building on scholarly texts such as Dewey, Lawson and Schön, this study will explore the complexities and challenges identified within design process and propose a narrative design methodology through which design can be explored.

The methodology will propose that the use of narrative gives imagination structure and can allows the author to take ownership of design thinking (Ricoeur 1991). It encourages depth of thought in relation to place and engages both the development of client (Sara 2000) and promotes the act of design critique.

The study will chart the use of narrative within studio design projects produced within the School of Architecture in relation to the proposed methodology.
Period10 Jul 2017
Degree of RecognitionLocal