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 Parsons School of Design graduate Interior Design program, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Constructed Environment at The New School, NY, NY and Associate Professor in Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Dr. 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
Radically Inclusive Studio Publications
Gorman, Michele, Morkel, Jolanda, Delport, Hermie Voulgarelis, & Burton, Lindy Osborne (2021) The Radically Inclusive Studio: An open access conversation on radically inclusive practices in the architectural design studio. In Salama, Ashraf, Harriss, Harriet, & Gonzalez Lara, Ane (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South. Routledge. (In Press)
Companion website: theradicallyinclusivestudio.org
Gorman, Michele, Morkel, Jolanda, Delport, Hermie, & Burton, Lindy Osborne (2021) The Radically Inclusive Studio: An Open Access Conversation on Radically Inclusive Practices in the Architectural Design Studio. WordPress. 2020
Additional Radically Inclusive Studio publications:
Design Studios for Sustainable Cities and Communities: A Radically Inclusive Perspective, for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11: sustainable cities and communities (Delport, Morkel, Gorman, Osborne-Burton), 2022 (Accepted)
Delport, Hermie, Morkel, Jolanda, Gorman, Michele, & Burton, Lindy Osborne (2022) Architecture Studios for Sustainable Cities and Communities: A Radically Inclusive Perspective. In Ike, Obiora, Ekué, Amélé Adamavi-Aho, Singh, Divya, & Usher, Jane (Eds.) Leading Ethical Leaders: Higher Education, Business Schools and the Sustainable Development Goals. Globethics. (In Press)
Delport, Hermie Voulgarelis, Burton, Lindy Osborne, Morkel, Jolanda De Villiers, & Gorman, Michele (2020) Inclusive Spatial Practices for Professional Education: Exploring the Architectural Design Studio. In Malebo, Ntsoaki & Behari-Leak, Kasturi (Eds.) 2020 HELTASA Conference: Creating Enabling Learning Spaces for All. Vol. 1. [ 2020 ed.]. Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA), Bloemfontein, South Africa, pp. 82-84.
Morkel, Jolanda, Delport, Hermie, Burton, Lindy Osborne, & Gorman, Michele (2021) The Radically Inclusive Studio: Unsettling Paradigms. In Unsettling Paradigms: The Decolonial Turn in the Humanities Curriculum in South Africa, 2021-08-10 – 2021-08-11.
Delport, Hermie Voulgarelis, Morkel, Jolanda De Villiers, Gorman, Michele, & Burton, Lindy Osborne (2021) Observations and Provocations: Towards Inclusive Online Design Feedback and Assessment Practices. In Education Academy Remote Teaching Workshop, Dublin, Ireland.