Sustainability and Creativity Methods: Agents of Change in Teaching the Arch-Design Studio


Lecturer in Architecture (AAU)/ Ph.D. Researcher in Architecture (Arch-Design Studio Pedagogy), Northumbria University, UK.


The aim of this paper is to explore conventional methods of teaching the arch-design studio with
ideas of sustainability and creativity as agents of change. If this is realised, it means the students of architecture can
be grounded in designing with sustainability and creativity ideas and can be professionals that design and build with
ideas of creativity and sustainability. So, there are real buildings and places that satisfy our clients, the society and in
harmony with the environment. The objectives are to know those and what it takes to participate and to explain and
recommend the methods in teaching the arch-design studio. Stakeholders of architectural education have observed
that the architectural design studio teaching is failing to meet the yearnings and needs of the users, societies, cultures,
environments and technological developments and for solution have strongly argued for sustainability and creativity
as a combined force of teaching the arch-design studio. Although there are similarities in the curricula of training
architects all over the world, but educators go about it in their own convenient and suitable ways and styles and the
ideas of sustainability and creativity are not taken seriously and also not formally incorporated in the curricula of
training. These stakeholders say that something has to be done to improve the ways and methods of training architects,
especially the teaching of the arch-design studio. The study finds collaboration of the academics and practicing
architects, integrated team work of inter/multi-disciplinary and selection criteria in teaching the methods of ideas
relating to sustainability and creativity in the arch-design studio.


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