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Teaching practice: architects and research

Architecture Awards Week


Wednesday 15 May 2019
2 — 4pm

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Global education, global practice discussion as part of Awards Week in 2018

Photo by Laura Mark

Explore the relevance of teaching and research for architectural practice in an afternoon conversation inspired by the work of the Royal Academy Dorfman Award finalists.

Although incredibly common among architects, teaching and research remain an under appreciated part of contemporary practice. Yet they are vital in helping architects develop ideas, push boundaries and provide inspiration, despite often being understood as a distinct or self-standing part of an architect’s work.

To combat this perception, we invite our participants to explore teaching and research as an integrated part of their work and discuss how it has allowed them to access and develop concepts that would have otherwise remained beyond reach.

In this free event, the finalists of the Royal Academy Dorfman Award are joined by academics and teaching practitioners from the UK to present their thoughts on the importance of teaching for practicing architects.


Carolyn Butterworth is Director of Live Works, Sheffield School of Architecture’s pioneering public-facing “Urban Room” – that combines live teaching, graduate employment, civic engagement and participatory research.

Alice Casey is an MRIAI registered architect with a practice-based PhD from RMIT university. She is a co-founder of TAKA, an architectural firm that works predominantly in Ireland and has been nominated for this year’s Royal Academy Dorfman Award.

Cian Deegan is an MRIAI registered architect with a practice-based PhD from RMIT university. He is a co-founder TAKA that works predominantly in Ireland on buildings that draw inspiration from wide-ranging travels and research into both vernacular and specialised architecture.

Melanie Dodd (Chair) is a RIBA registered architect and educator who has taught internationally at institutions such as the University of Cambridge, the Royal College of Arts, London Metropolitan University and RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently Programme Director of Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins, as well as the Course Leader of the MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation.

Mariam Kamara is the founder of Atelier Masomi and one of this year’s Royal Academy Dorfman Award Finalists. She works on predominantly community-based projects in Niger that consistently go beyond the brief and work to socially, economically and politically enrich their communities.

Boonserm Premthada is the founder of Bangkok Project Studio whose projects range from cultural institutes to smaller scale private buildings. Alongside his practice, he currently teaches at Chulalongkorn University and lectures internationally.

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Wednesday 15 May 2019

2 — 4pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, booking required