The Architecture Design Studio in Retrospect: Perspectives of the Fifth Year Students

Arch. Divina Ligaya Benigno-Rillera1, Arch. Ryan M. Benaoe2 and Arch. Cleofe M. Paran2
1 Faculty, School of Engineering and Architecture University of Baguio, Baguio City Philippines
2 Faculty, School of Engineering and Architecture University of Baguio, Baguio City Philippines


An architecture education trains an individual to view things differently by shaping the built environment to complement the natural environment. At its heart is the architecture design studio. This study describes the architecture studio of the University in Baguio in terms of its physical environment and its collective culture from the perspectives of the senior students of the BS Architecture Program. Using the grounded theory method, the study concludes that the architecture design studio can be described through the physical environment and the studio culture, which are components of the formal and the hidden curricula, respectively. The flexibility and size of the rooms that allow diverse activities, the adequacy of light and ventilation in the studio, together with the less than adequate quality of the tables, chairs, and stools are manifested in the attitudes, habits, and lifestyles of the students. The studio pedagogy, described using the National Survey on Student Engagement indicators, identified Level of Academic Challenges (LAC), Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL) and Supportive Campus Environment (SCE) as influential to the students’ experiences in the architectural design studio. The ideal studio culture values based on the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc. (NAAB), namely, optimism, sharing, and respect emerged as values in the architecture studio. The NAAB-identified values describing the architecture studio can be used to foster responsive outcomes befitting the 21st-century learners. Student engagement variables including the amount of time and effort students invest to learn can be explored to improve student learning experiences.

Keywords: architecture design studio, studio culture, learning environment

February 19, 2020
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