Symposium on Better Design Review Practices
University of Technology Sydney, School of Architecture in collaboration with the Government Architect New South Wales.
Design Review plays an essential role in both design education and professional design practice. Starting in the design studio, the process of evaluating design quality continues in professional practice in the form of design review panels. The two-day symposium provides an overview of international and state of the art design review practices, and the opportunity to engage with various professionals and experts on the topic.
The first day is centred around the pilot State Design Review Panel (SDRP), initiated by the Government Architect NSW in April this year. The role of this panel is to provide independent, expert and impartial design advice on the design quality of state significant development proposals in New South Wales. Preliminary findings of this pilot program will be presented, followed by speakers from different planning and design cultures will share their experiences with professional design review practices. This day will challenge the perceptions of the participants and aims to formulate a forward-looking ambition for design review practices in New South Wales, as a model to stimulate creativity, foster interactive projects and create a culture of design in relation to the SDRP.
The second day focuses on design review as a pedagogical model in the design studio. This day will examine the exchanges which occur between the university studio leader, the review panel and the students presenting their design proposals. This is a critical point in a student’s trajectory, where institution and practice come together to provide judgement on the quality of their design proposal. There are many variables which are rarely questioned – the review panel’s knowledge of the learning objectives, their ability to provide feedback in a manner which has pedagogical value and the selection of reviewer in relation to the project. This review stage provides valuable input for the student from a practitioner’s point of view. The potential value of this collaborative community of practice will be explored here.
Both days have a morning and afternoon session. You may register for one or more of the four sessions. There are limited places available for this free event so please RSVP.