ArchiBabel Tracing the Writing Architecture Project in Architectural Education

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    Though much recent scholarship has investigated the potential of writing in creative practice (including visual arts, drama, even choreography), there are few models in the literature which discuss writing in the context of architectural education. The paper presented here aims to address this dearth of pedagogical research, analysing the cross-disciplinary Writing Architecture Project based in the undergraduate course of the School of Architecture at QUB. Over the course of four years, teaching staff, in partnership with the university's Learning Development Service, technicians and specialist librarians, have addressed an unfortunately persistent struggle for both architecture students and professionals alike to research and construct argument in written form. The paper examines the current problem as identified in the literature before analysing the efficacy of the variety of teaching methods used in the Writing Architecture Project, with conclusions about the project’s success and continuing challenges.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)224-236
    Number of pages13
    JournalThe International Journal of Art & Design Education
    Issue number2
    Early online date10 Jun 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


    • architectural writing
    • architectural teaching


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