Book launch - Architectural Education Through Materiality: Pedagogies of 20th Century Design

28 Apr 2022

What kind of architectural knowledge was cultivated through drawings, models, design-build experimental houses and learning environments in the 20th century? And, did new teaching techniques and tools foster pedagogical, institutional and even cultural renewal? Architectural Education Through Materiality: Pedagogies of 20th Century Design brings together a collection of illustrated essays dedicated to exploring the complex processes that transformed architecture’s pedagogies in the 20th century.

The last decade has seen a substantial increase in interest in the history of architectural education. This book widens the geographical scope beyond local school histories and sets out to discover the very distinct materialities and technologies of schooling as active agents in the making of architectural schools. Architectural Education Through Materiality argues that knowledge transmission cannot be reduced to ‘software’, the relatively easily detectable ideas in course notes and handbooks, but also has to be studied in close relation to the ‘hardware’ of, for instance, wall pictures, textiles, campus designs, slide projectors and even bodies.

Edited by former ATCH/iSSA Postdoctoral Fellow Elke Couchez and former ATCH Visiting Fellow Rajesh Heynickx, with chapters by ATCH members Susan Holden, John Macarthur and Deborah van der Plaat, as well as ATCH affiliates Isabel Doucet and Paul James, the book presents illustrated case studies of works by architects, educators and theorists including Dalibor Vesely, Dom Hans van der Laan, the Global Tools group, Heinrich Wölfflin, Alfons Hoppenbrouwers, Joseph Rykwert, Pancho Guedes and Robert Cummings. Focusing on student-led educational initiatives in Europe, the UK, North America and Australia, the book will inspire students, educators and professionals with an interest in the many ways architectural knowledge is produced and taught.

ATCH is proud to have hosted one of the travelling workshops that contributed to the book on 17 April 2019.

Date and Time
April 28, 2022
Location and Organiser
Dom Hans van der Laan's Roosenberg Abbey, Waasmunster, Belgium
Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven
4:15pm–5:15pm Tour of the Abbey by Caroline Voet
5.30pm–6.00pm Introduction by Janina Gosseye (TU Delft)
6:00pm–7:00pm Panel Discussion on architecture education with: Wouter Van Acker (ULB), Koen Van Cleempoel (UHasselt), Wim Goossens (KU Leuven), Liesbeth Huybrechts (UHasselt), Carl Bourgeois (KU Leuven)
7:00pm Drinks