Global Studio: Distant Participation in Architectural Education

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Recent developments in telecommunication technology practically has removed the necessity for sharing the same physical space by the members of a studio or cooperating professionals on a project. Professionals and students alike can easily work, debate, and share ideas even if they are many time-zones apart. In this proposal we will concentrate on the implications of this technology upon design education, particularly on the studio component. A major global studio urban design project will be the case study. Architectural educators use a term borrowed from the sciences, “critical mass”, to justify the necessity for studio members to be present in the same space in order to learn from each other, share ideas, and gain momentum while enjoying their camaraderie. Further, it is believed that the physical presence may yield an esprit de corps, albeit in a pedagogy which values individualism. Aside from these conflicting aims, however, any of these educational objectives, such as communication, idea sharing and momentum, are within reach in the virtual environment. Indeed, the technology-created virtual studio environment enhances educator-student participation in identifying and solving problems across international boundaries, getting to know other cultures and their values to create a truly global studio, using telecommunication technologies. Today’s students’ computer savvy profile suggests that cross-cultural and across-distance design education is an achievable aim and may even weaken the argument for a physical presence in a common studio space for all parties concerned. Even in practice, for example, using "BIM" software, such as "REVIT" for linking and sharing with structural and/or MEP counterpart, will likely to change how professionals cooperate through networking media. We, thus propose a topic for the 4th International Conference on Technology Knowledge and Society to discuss and debate the pros and cons of global studios and share experiences in architectural education which will come to focus as a variant in the studio typology both in traditional and in nascent on-line programs


Keywords: Global Studio, Architectural and Engineering Education, Practice, Communication Technology
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Global Studio, , ,


Dr. Eren Erdener

Associate Professor, Architecture, The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Teaching and research through cross disciplines and cultures in architecture, urban design, programming, and facilities management. Development of utilization metrics in different types of buildings. Building systems integration and sustainability.

Dr. I-Kwang Chang

Associate Professor, College of Architecture, The University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Teaching and research in structural design with emphasis in earthquake engineering and seismic base isolation. Interested in problems solving all structural engineering and architectural issues.

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