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My primary interest concerning architecture focuses on the connections between architectural education and practice. As an academic within this broad realm, I have a specialist knowledge of the Académie Royale d’Architecture and the enduring influence it has had on the subsequent architectural educational tradition; and as an architectural practitioner I seek to harness the cross contamination of theory and practice. Of particular interest to me is how an understanding of historic architectural education can contribute to the current debate held in schools of architecture today. The pioneering pursuits of the leaders of the Académie Royale d’Architecture remain ingrained in our current architectural educational context. The holistic matters that they grappled with primarily related to the appropriateness of architectural education, and how a student’s work is to be measured; the very same matters that are becoming increasingly important to our current debate, especially in light of the fast changing technological, legal and environmental landscapes in architectural practice.
My interests in architectural education and practice stem from what I perceive to be two fundamental challenges that have become increasingly relevant in recent years; firstly, that architectural education is becoming progressively more difficult for students to afford, and secondly, the architectural profession that education seeks to address is undergoing rapid and complex change. These challenges have provoked me to think again through the topic of ‘ownership’ of architectural education. They have caused me to lean towards the notion that architectural education should not be the sole preserve of schools and universities, but present throughout an architect’s career; this is especially true for a teacher of architecture. It would seem, therefore, that a teacher’s greatest pursuit is to model and encourage a life-long desire to question the status-quo, such that the next generation of architects provide socially and environmentally responsible architecture which people really enjoy.
My research during recent years has been focussed towards the origins of academic architectural education and the lasting influence of the Académie Royale d’Architecture on the architectural education tradition. The work forms the basis of a book that will be published next year and which seeks to address four exploratory areas:
In addition to this core interest, I have also written papers on field trips to Holland and Barcelona, and argued the benefits of using geocaching in site analysis.
Griffin, A (2014) ‘Using geocaching as a teaching tool with student architects’ Charrette , 1 (2), pp. 51-56. ISSN 2054-6718
Griffin, A (2014) ‘Geocaching MOOCs and the investigation of virtual places’. In: MOOCs - Which way now?, 27 June 2014, University College London
Griffin, A (2013) ‘Académie Royale dArchitecture and current architectural studio culture’. In: Association of Architectural Educators Conference 2013, April 2013, Nottingham University
Griffin, A (2013) ‘Teach Creatively, Learn Creativity: The Non-Assessed Field Trip’. In: AAE Association of Architectural Educators Conference 2013, 3rd-5th April 2013, Nottingham, UK
I am a PhD supervisor and I supervise Master level research dissertations. Areas of supervision include architectural history, theory, design, and education.
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Throughout my teaching I emphasise a strong social and environment ethos. My work with live projects in rural areas of Africa, most notably in South Africa in recent years, has lead me to value architecture in a means to sustain communities and the environments they occupy. A consideration of social and sustainable matters should be prevalent in all aspects of architecture and at all times.
I have worked in private practice since 1998 and have gained numerous awards. In 2008 I founded Oblong Architecture. My built project work spans a wide range of scales and building typologies from minimalist glass pods to the conversion of one of Britain’s largest malting complexes into a micro village. I was also a lead architect in the master-planning of Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds.