The critical reflections of a teacher-architect at the University of Portsmouth: Teacher training in architectural education

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Abstract

I have not been trained to teach.
However, I teach, and I have been an architect-educator at the University of Portsmouth (UoP) for nearly twenty years.
Is my situation anomalous in architectural education (AE)?
The answer is, “No”.
This situation is not unusual in AE, in fact it is the norm.
“It is customary amongst practising architects to assume that those who have achieved some degree of experience are somehow automatically equipped to teach.” (Rhowbotham, 1995, p. 12).
Initially, I expressed an interest to my former tutors to review the work of undergraduate students for one-off, day-long studio assessments, known traditionally as the ‘Crit’ while I was practicing as an architect in the public sector.
Almost two decades later, I have transitioned from being a guest of PSA, to being a full-time member of staff who sits on the School Executive Group, where I helped to make decisions which guided the future of the Department.
In this time, I have learned how to teach through my own experiences of being taught, observation, intuition, reflection and from being mentored by colleagues.
“Yet none of them is trained to be a teacher. Once upon a time they could perhaps have relied on memories of their own education, in which however hit-and-miss the tutoring, the student was carried along by the traditional design project” (Weaver et al., 2000, p. 267).
As Weaver et al. (2000) suggests, this situation needs to change because, “there has been increased pressure to account for the quality of provision and a move to professionalise teaching” (p. 268).
This piece of reflective writing recounts my own personal journey that has led me to become a full-time architect-teacher, the pitfalls, and advantages that I have experienced along the way and the potentials for improving how teachers in AE are taught.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Focus on Pedagogy
Subtitle of host publicationAMPS Conference Proceedings Series
PublisherArchitecture Media Politics Society
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 8 Sep 2022
EventA Focus on Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning and Research in the Modern Academy - Virtual
Duration: 20 Apr 202222 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameAMPS Conference Proceedings Series
ISSN (Print)2398-9467
ISSN (Electronic)2398-9467

Conference

ConferenceA Focus on Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning and Research in the Modern Academy
Period20/04/2222/04/22

Keywords

  • United Kingdom architecture education
  • tutor training programme
  • staff development
  • higher education reform
  • reflections
  • tutor training
  • Architectural Education

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