Transcending boundaries of creativity: active learning in the design studio

Abdelmonem, M.G. ORCID: 0000-0002-8271-0924, 2014. Transcending boundaries of creativity: active learning in the design studio. International Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology, 1 (1), pp. 38-49. ISSN 2409-9821

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This essay investigates the changing dynamics of interaction and paradigm of communication in the design
studio. It analyses the process of practical implementation of interactive tools in architectural education which placed the diversity of students’ cultural experiences, contextual awareness and individual interests as crucial resource for design innovation and inquiry. Building on Brian Lawson’s thesis on creativity in design thinking, this research project undertook
comprehensive investigation of students’ satisfaction of their roles in the studio and the room for liberal thought they are
given to elaborate on genuine approach to architectural matters. The cyclical development of interactive learning
strategy is explored through two different settings: first, it analyses architectural students’ position as passive/active in the studio, considering their relationships with tutors’ ideals; second, it reports on empirical strategy of students-led workshops at British schools of architecture, during which students have taken the lead of their creative design agenda. The practical implementation of interactive learning tools proved influential in helping students to personalize their design direction and to build a sense of confidence and independence.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology
Creators: Abdelmonem, M.G.
Publisher: Avanti Publishers
Date: 29 December 2014
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 2409-9821
Rights: © 2014 Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem; Avanti Publishers. This is an open access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 09 Jun 2017 14:15
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 13:48

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