The Radically Inclusive Studio / Die Radikaal Inklusiewe Studio / I-Studio Ebandakanywa Ngokuvamile is an open access conversation on practices in architectural design education to extend the exchange of ideas and collaborations towards inclusivity. As a team of design instructors based throughout the globe, we harness the fluidity of ideas and exchanges within an online curriculum and propose an initial list of inclusive practices called the 6S Conceptual Framework of Inclusive Contexts.
Beginning as a shared vision for a radically inclusive design studio, this work in progress (WIP) discussion will continue to evolve. Our respective experiences in the Global North (USA) and Global South (South Africa and Australia) brings diverse contexts, not only geographically, but economically, culturally, and socially. Through our shared feminist position, the profession of architecture, and studio-education persuasion, we discovered synergies, straddled continents, and exchanged experiences. We formulated a shared vision for equality, equity, fairness, and relevance, and the wish to create an architectural studio that is radically inclusive, relevant, and responsive.
We welcome input and reflections from researchers, faculty, students, administrators, or anyone else interested in architecture education. We will use the online conversations, and their authors, to facilitate a series of online discussions that bring together a diverse panel of participants from the Global North and South.
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Michele Gorman, Director of the Parsons MFA Interior Design program and Assistant Professor of Interiors, Objects and Technology, Parsons School of Constructed Environment at The New School, NY, NY and Associate Professor of Architecture in Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Jolanda Morkel, Head: Instructional Design, STADIO Higher Education, Durbanville, South Africa
Dr. Hermie Elizabeth Delport, Project Leader Architecture and Spatial Design, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Dr. Lindy Osborne Burton, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Katrina Matejcik (she/her), Parsons School of Design, The New School
Madina Masimova (she/her), Parsons School of Design, The New School
Ashima Yadav (she/her), Parsons School of Design, The New School