Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of my classes were studios, which meant the students had a dedicated space available to them to work in 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I would meet them in their space for class, leave, and they would stay and continue working.
I instruct maybe 10% of the information — 90% comes from their own work, their own investigation and their relationship with their peers. So collaborative work is a way the students rely upon and learn from each other and keep a culture within the studio.
Pre-COVID-19, given the type of project-based studio learning that the architecture school sponsors, work would shift fluidly from the production of virtual, digital models to actual, physical models for both the investigation and representation of the students’ design ideas. Both techniques benefit from in-person demonstration, and in some cases the demonstration was held in the college’s Design Build Lab.