What Are Crits For? intends to dig deeper into the architectural crit (review or jury) which is a cornerstone of architectural education around the world. The architectural crit remains highly controversial: the defence of ideas, drawings, and models in an open format before staff and peers is intended to be an occasion of healthy creative debate, but many students view it as hostile confrontation – an ego trip for staff and humiliation for them.
The invited panel includes John Barton, Director of the Architectural Design Program at Stanford University, Professor Lorraine Farrelly, author, architect and interior designer, Rosie Parnell, author of ‘The Crit: An Architecture Student’s Handbook’ and Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London and author of ‘Architecture Depends’.
This event is made possible thanks to the help of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Henry J Lyons Architects and Tegral.
Photo credit: Benni Allan, MArch Bartlett School of Architecture