Saturday, April 28, 2007

New Trends in Architectural Education: Designing the Design Studio, Ashraf Salama (1995)



Tailored Text, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (1995)
ISBN# 0-9647950-0-0

Available online at
Archnet Digital Library
University of Pennsylvania Online Collection

This book presents a wide range of innovative concepts and practical ideas for teaching architectural design. It explores different aspects of studio teaching and what impact they have on the attitudes, skills, methods, and tools of architects. It offers a comparative analysis of contemporary trends that are committed to shaping and identifying studio objectives and processes. The book includes five chapters: 1) Introduction: Problems in the Practice of Architecture; 2) The Architect and Society; 3) Design Education and Studio Work in the Conventional Approach; 4) Revolutionary Concepts for Teaching Architectural Design - Design Studio Teaching Models; and 5) Expanding the Knowledge Base in the Architectural Design Studio.

This is an important book because it probes into the motivations of design educators by placing a mirror before them and allows for a critical examination of the design studio. Ashraf Salama paves the way for design educators to openly discuss and debate the delivery system of architectural education and its impact on the future role of the architects.
Professor Henry Sanoff
North Carolina State University

This is an invaluable guide to architectural educators because Ashraf Salama has not only captured the body of knowledge about architectural designing and design studio and put in a pithy form, but he has developed a typology of kinds of architectural studios, explaining what experiences each offers the student.
Professor Jon T. Lang
University of New South Wales

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