Life in the studio
The survey shows that 88% of the participants from Aarhus School of Architecture feel that the teachers are committed to teaching and that 79% agree that the school has a good academic environment.
Lasse Nielsen and Helya Ahmadi are first-year students at Aarhus School of Architecture. They are not surprised by the results. They are satisfied with student life in the studios and with the way they work together with the teachers:
“The atmosphere in the studio is great: in the studios we are all nerds! We are not competitors but often work together in groups, sharing our knowledge. We take a genuine interest in the projects of the other students. And the teachers are truly dedicated to architecture,” says Lasse. Helya elaborates:
“Our teachers ask more questions than they give answers. The critiques are actually mostly discussions about how our projects can be improved. This helps shape us as architects. In the course of our studies we develop as individuals; instead of just telling us the correct solution the teachers help us develop. In the Danish upper secondary school you analyse what other people have produced, here we analyse our own work.”
Supervision is the most important task
The figures from the survey show that 75% believe that teachers at Aarhus School of Architecture are good at providing useful feedback.
It is specifically the dialogue between students and teachers which is a core element of the education offered in Aarhus. Associate Professor Nygaard Nygaard says he sees desk crits as his most important task:
“This is where you step in as a professional. It is also where there is most at stake. You don’t say whether you like a project, and you don’t take stock of the quality of a project.
Most of our students are really disciplined, and if we give them a meaningful framework, they work very independently. To the students, the most important motivation is to feel that they are actually capable of doing something.”