Teaching Matters 2018 | Presentation Details | 2018
Advanced design research and the teaching-research nexus
Mike Hornblow, School of Architecture and DesignJacqueline Power, School of Architecture and DesignDiyannah Syafiqah Binte Mohd Sham, School of Architecture and DesignEng Yip, School of Architecture and DesignSonja Hindrum, School of Architecture and Design
Excellent teaching happens by design
Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre Foyer
The University of Tasmania’s Master of Architecture course work program has a suite of units dedicated to introducing students to research. Advanced Design Research 2, a 12.5 credit point unit, is the final in a couplet of units that unpacks research skills and enables students to operate as small research teams attached to a project. In this unit, students focus on the communication aspect of the learning and research completed in the Semester 1 unit. The projects undertaken conform with Frayling’s (1993) research ‘for/through/into’ design model. This allows for a variety of investigative approaches and output/outcome types. Research for design could involve ‘gathering reference materials to inform an understanding of the design issues at the core of the project - or Research into Design - exploring historical or theoretical ideas’ (Owen & Norrie, 2013, p. 229). ‘Many projects also involve some component of design speculation or artefact production which is Research through Design’ (Norrie & Owen, 2013, p. 229).
The ‘Bio-fabrication’ selective focused on SCOBY is demonstrative of the teaching-research nexus and builds on a previous Teaching Development Grant and work undertaken in a Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship. The process is also a clear demonstration of research through design with the generation of speculative outputs and prototypes as tangible artefacts of the learning. The nexus approach is arguably at the ‘strong’ end of the [learning-research nexus] spectrum because ‘the research shapes the learning task and there is a perceived ‘two-way’ relationship between academic and student’ (Owen & Norrie, 2013, p. 229).
Frayling, C. (1993). Research in Art and Design, in: Royal College of Art Research Papers 1, no.1(London: Royal College of Art, 1993).
Owen, C. and Norrie, H. (2013). Advanced design research: exploring the teaching research nexus, Designing Education: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, 3-5 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 222-237.