Birmingham City University | Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, UK [current] University California Berkeley | College of Environmental Design, US [2008-2010]
Teaching allows me to nurture future designers and architects to think about architecture as a discipline of spatial and social inquiry, not just about ‘making a building.’ To become inventors. To commit to our work, and research in general. To believe in what we do, but always allowing outside conversations to shape our work.
My teaching Philosophy: Teaching Students to work together whilst cherishing their individuality.
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work”. —Vince Lombardi (1913-1970)
Starting teamwork in design majors will build our professionals of tomorrow. Our cities are not planned by one person and our institutions are certainly not created by one individual. Cooperation and listening to each other helps us achieve more. We can develop an individual’s idea only so far before we need a peerreview.
As Lombardi’s quotation above suggests, commitment to your team members brings out the best in us. We do not want to let down our colleagues so we work hard to help our team to succeed. When we work together the ideas and products are often richer than working in isolation.
notes from my students…