Socially responsive research-based design in an architecture studio

22 Jun 2018

Globally, the architectural profession faces complex challenges, bringing the transformation of the curriculum to the forefront of critical discourse. This article reflects on the Honors programme at the University of Pretoria Architecture Department during the first semester of 2016, where a research-based design approach has been established. In particular, the focus is on the informal settlement of Woodlane Village in Pretoria, situated on a contested site among private residential estates. From this study, it is argued that a research-based approach serves to prepare graduates for the complex decision-making and collaboration that is required for the development of socially responsive design.