Transitioning the live project: a managed interface between the architectural academy and professional practice

Michael Davis, Aaron Patterson, Alessandro Melis, Esther Mecredy

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Abstract

This paper sets out a case for establishing a managed interface between the architectural academy and professional practice. This model of practice offers a learning focused alternative to commercial architectural enterprise. This proposal extends from reflections on a series of ‘live’ projects run through the design studio at the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning since 2007.

The discussion consists of three parts. The first introduces the live project and its place in architectural education. The second provides an outline of the specific ‘triple focus’ live project that has emerged within the Auckland studio. It includes a discussion of the issues encountered and learnings gained in the transitioning of live projects from academic to commercial environments to date.
The final part presents the unfolding practice model through which these challenges are being met and the learnings implemented. The intention of the text is to stimulate a detailed discussion of how live projects might be transitioned from the speculative space of the academy to realisation on site whilst continuing the learning of the students involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProfessional Practices in the Built Environment, 27-28 April 2017, University of Reading, UK
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings
EditorsRowena Hay, Flora Samuel
Place of PublicationReading
PublisherThe University of Reading
Pages165-173
ISBN (Print)9780704915725
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2017
EventProfessional Practices in the Built Environment Conference - University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Apr 201728 Apr 2017
https://www.reading.ac.uk/architecture/soa-professional-practices-conference.aspx

Conference

ConferenceProfessional Practices in the Built Environment Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityReading
Period27/04/1728/04/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • live project
  • architectural academy
  • professional practice
  • managed interface

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