Virtual meetings


On October 22nd 2020, the partners spoke about the outcomes of the Inception Meeting that took place two weeks prior. The discussion between the partners and the members of the External Advisory Board addressed fundamental questions regarding the Architecture’s Afterlife project. It highlighted the complexity and richness of the study and a need for specific objectives while leaving others to secondary roles. The partners restated that the ultimate aim of the study is to investigate the individual behind the graduates in architecture. It understands and discusses that architecture education is more interested in the individual behind the student than the teaching of a specific discipline. This aspect brings to the question of the methodology used in the study. Architecture’s Afterlife uses a grounded theory. The project is not adopting an empirical framework, but rather it tests a range of possible theories that can only really be validated through the process of a grounded theory approach. This allows the study to have the data determine the hypotheses, and not vice-versa. 


On 17 September 2020, the partners met online to discuss the progress of Architecture’s Afterlife and, in particular, the organization of the Inception Meeting scheduled for early October. This meeting will include the members of the External Advisory Board and an audience of practitioners and scholars of pedagogy in architectural education. We decided that the meeting will start with the introduction of the partners and the External Advisory Board, it will continue with the presentation of the project and end in a collective discussion. Due to the on-line format, the meeting will last 2 hours and 30 minutes. We discussed the list of guests and the invitation procedure. The survey was viewed by the partners and decisions regarding the languages to include were made.  Finally, the partners discussed the involvement of the External Advisory Board and a list of its members was defined.  


On 7 May 2020, we met online to discuss the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Architecture’s Afterlife project and the request for an extension to the British Council. The pandemic has forced us to rethink the timeline and modality of the project due to travel restrictions and place-in-shelter orders. We discussed the members of the External Advisory Board and the importance of ensuring diversity and inclusion. The partners also presented the compilation of an accurate analysis of the first survey launched in January 2018. This analysis will be included in the Architecture’s Afterlife website and it allows the partners to formulate the second survey to be launched in fall of 2020. The partners have also made some significant progress on the design of the website.  

Present: Harriet Harriss (Royal College of Art), Johan De Walsche (Universiteit Antwerpen), Dag Boutsen (KU Leuven), Mia Roth Cerina (Sveučilište U Zagrebu), Carla Sentieri Omarrementeria (Universitat Politècnica de València), Michela Barosio (Politecnico di Torino); Federica Vannucchi (Royal College of Art); Haydée De Loof (Universiteit Antwerpen).