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What Are Crits For?


The architectural crit, review or jury is a cornerstone of architectural education around the world.

The architectural crit, review or jury is a cornerstone of architectural education around the world. However, it remains highly controversial: the defence of ideas, drawings, and models in an open format before staff and peers is intended to be an occasion of healthy creative debate, but many students view it as hostile confrontation – an ego trip for staff and humiliation for them.

Two teachers from DIT and UCD Schools of Architecture (Patrick Flynn and Mark Price) canvassed students for their views on the crit, with the idea of discussing the subject with a panel of guests, each of whom has carried out research on architectural education. The themes which emerged from the students discussions included:

The panel will include:

John Barton

John Barton received his BA and M. Arch degrees from U.C. Berkeley. He worked at a number of Bay Area firms before founding Barton Architect in 1990. He has taught design and architecture at U.C. Berkeley, Cañada College, San Jose State University and since 2007 has been the Director of the Architectural Design Program at Stanford University. He is currently working on developing a new graduate program for architectural design is set to launch the autumn of 2017. Born out of his (and his colleagues’) abandoned idea for a new Stanford program centered around sustainable urban systems in New York City, the new architectural design school is intended to take a broader, inter-disciplinary approach to architectural design.

Professor Lorraine Farrelly

Lorraine Farrelly qualified as an architect in 1999, and worked professionally as architect and interior designer in London and in practices across Hampshire. Her research interests include a multi-disciplinary approach to architecture at various scales, through understanding ideas of interior detail to urban concepts. She has written books across a range of subjects from Representation and drawing, Urban investigation and analysis to Materials and Interior space. Her current responsibility is to start a new School of Architecture at the University of Reading for students to begin in September 2016

Rosie Parnell

Rosie taught at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture from 1998 to 2015, when she moved to Northumbria University. Her departmental roles have included being the coordinator of the MA in Designing Learning Environments and Outreach Coordinator in Sheffield. Her current research focuses on children’s environments and engaging young people in architecture through the design process and learning programmes. She is author of, among other things, The Crit: An Architecture Student’s Handbook.

Jeremy Till

Jeremy Till worked for relatively low-key architectural practices, before joining his partner, Sarah Wigglesworth, to design and build their well known house and office. He taught in the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in 1990, and in 2008 he was appointed Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. He was appointed as Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London in 2012. Till’s research and writing has concentrated on the social and political aspects of architecture and the built environment. His best known book is Architecture Depends. Other books include Flexible Housing (written with Tatjana Schneider) and Spatial Agency (written with Nishat Awan and Tatjana Schneider).

Book your place HERE

Wednesday January 20 2016 from 4 – 7pm

DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1 (Room 446/447 & Crit Pit on Level 4, main DIT Building)

UCD School of Architecture, DIT School of Architecture & Irish Architecture Foundation event is made possible thanks to the help of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Henry J Lyons Architects and Tegral.