Tales and tools: The Design Studio brief in Architecture's expanded field

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This essay argues that the Design Studio Brief establishes tacit disciplinary practices of architecture, as well as more explicit pursuit of topics of formulated relevance or concern. A series of tales of Design Studio Briefs from the fourth year of study at one UK Architecture School are sampled at dates which coincide with significant moments in Scotland’s recent constitutional history: the 1979 devolution Referendum, the 1997/1999 establishment of the Scottish Parliament, and the 2014 Independence Referendum. The tales are followed by a discussion on tools: towards means and practices which might inform the re-tooling of the Design Studio Brief and its ends.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)6-18
Number of pages13
JournalCharette, Journal of the Association of Architectural Educators
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • design studio
  • design brief
  • disciplinary practices
  • architectural education


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