Drawing on Thick Descriptions in Architectural Pedagogy

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This article offers a reflection on the use of Architectural Ethnography as a generative design tool in architectural education. It presents a case study of a pedagogical experience that prescribes such a user-centred design approach and, thereby, demonstrates a way of connecting the early-stage architecture student’s work to real-world issues. It also reveals the nature of the creative opportunities presented by architectural ethnographic studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-335
JournalIrish Journal of Anthropology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019


  • architectural ethnographic studies, architectural education, user-centred design, architectural pedagogy, creative ethnography
  • ethnographic drawing
  • architectural education
  • design process


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