• PhD, Deakin University
  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects Fellow, FRAIA
  • Bachelor of Architecture, South Australian Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design), South Australian Institute of Technology
  • Master of Business Administration, S.Aust.
  • Graduate Diploma in Built Environment, UCL

The challenge for a teacher of architectural practice and technology is to create a learning environment that encourages students to view the disciplinary body of knowledge as an interdependent continuum rather than a series of isolated silos. Integral to this is the need to encourage student reflection on how theoretical concepts introduced in the classroom can be applied in practice. These issues have led to the development of a unique problem-based learning curriculum for Architectural Technology 5, and Architectural Practice 1 and 2. The courses are founded on three pedagogical pillars: a lectorial-based teaching method that choreographs rapid connections between theoretical concepts and practical applications; a inquiry-based learning pedagogical framework that contextualises learning; and providing space for collaborative discussion to stimulate student engagement and reflection. The curriculum has been enhanced by the development of an innovative, interactive digital learning environment that uses time-lapse 3-dimensional (4D) visualisation and other resources associated with construction of UQ’s Advanced Engineering Building. Trialled across 3 institutions and 4 disciplines enrolled in on-campus and distance modes, evaluation results demonstrate that the 4D environment has a positive impact on students’ understanding of the construction process, facilitates collaborative learning and helps to contextualised theoretical material. 

Dr Chris Landorf from The University of Queensland on Vimeo.

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