Title page for ETD etd-0611103-184324

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Graham, Elizabeth Marie
URN etd-0611103-184324
Title Studio Design Critique: Student and Faculty Expectations and Reality
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bruce Sharky Committee Chair
Killian McCurrie Committee Member
Sean Lane Committee Member
  • design process
  • criticism framework
  • landscape architectural criticism
  • landscape architecture design juries
  • landscape architecture desk crits
  • design study and teaching
  • design critique method
  • classroom critique
Date of Defense 2003-05-15
Availability unrestricted
This thesis explores the use of criticism in the landscape architectural design studio. Criticism is a very useful tool in the communication of ideas and the evaluation of designs, yet its application in design studios has not reached its full potential in the discipline of landscape architecture.

To develop an understanding of criticism as a pedagogical tool in the design studio, along with faculty and students expectations of criticism, this thesis uses a two-step approach. The first step explores the intentions of critique used by design instructors during desk crits and juries. The second step explores the studentsí perceptions of the criticism they receive during desk crits and juries. The findings from both the faculty and students will be compared to discover both the faculty and studentsí expectations and the reality of the design studio critique.

Although very little literature exists on the theories of landscape architecture criticism and its use in the design studio, the first portion of this thesis explores theories of criticism borrowed from art, literature, and architecture; landscape architectural criticism; history of the design studio; and the use of criticism during desk crits and juries in the design studio. This thesis combines this research with the qualitative and quantitative data collected from design instructors and students, in order to gain an understanding of their expectations of criticism as a pedagogical tool, and the reality of its use in the design studio. The thesis research culminates into a suggested framework or structure for giving criticism, which could be utilized during a design jury.

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