The Hybrid Practitioner

Building, Teaching, Researching Architecture

Edited by Caroline Voet, Eireen Schreurs, and Helen Thomas

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Exploring different, interrelated roles for the architect and researcher
The practice of architecture manifests in myriad forms and engagements. Overcoming false divides, this volume frames the fertile relationship between the cultural and scholarly production of academia and the process of designing and building in the material world. It proposes the concept of the hybrid practitioner, who bridges the gap between academia and practice by considering how different aspects of architectural practice, theory, and history intersect, opening up a fascinating array of possibilities for an active engagement with the present. The book explores different, interrelated roles for practicing architects and researchers, from the reproductive activities of teaching, consulting and publishing, through the reflective activities of drawing and writing, to the practice of building.

The notion of the hybrid practitioner will appeal strongly to students, teachers and architectural practitioners as part of a multifaceted professional environment. By connecting academic interests with those of the professional realm, The Hybrid Practitioner addresses a wider readership embracing landscape design, art theory and aesthetics, European history, and the history and sociology of professions.

Contributors: Joseph Bedford, Luis Burriel Bielza, Philip Christou, Elke Couchez, Thomas Coward, Jana Culek, Irina Davidovici, Rosamund Diamond, Christoph Grafe, Simon Henley, Julia Jamrozik, Sepideh Karami, Pauline Lefebvre, Birgitte Louise Hansen, Patrick Lynch, Sereh Mandias, Louis Mayes, Carlo Menon, Marjan Michels, Cathelijne Nuijsink, Paulo Providência, Sophia Psarra, Helen Thomas, Steven Schenk, Eireen Schreurs, Eva Storgaard, Caroline Voet, Wilfried Wang.

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Helen Thomas, Caroline Voet, Eireen Schreurs

Roles and Challenges of the Hybrid Practitioner
Eireen Schreurs, Eva Storgaard, Marjan Michels

PART 1: The Practice Perspective and Its Framework

Chapter 1
Hybrid Practices: A Few Thoughts on Organic Intellectuals in Architecture
Christoph Grafe

Chapter 2
The Discipline of Concept and the Judgement of the Eye: Pedigrees of Form in Architectural Practice
Irina Davidovici

Chapter 3
Values in the Making: Observing Architects Crafting Their Discourse
Pauline Lefebvre

Chapter 4
Notes on Interpretation: Analysing Architecture from the Perspective of a Reflective Practitioner
Birgitte Louise Hansen

Chapter 5
The Building within the City: Contingency and Autonomy in Architectural Design and Research
Sophia Psarra

Chapter 6
Architects Who Read, ILAUD, and Reading as Direct Experience
Elke Couchez

PART 2: Reciprocal Negotiations: Teaching Architecture

Chapter 7
Lost and Found: Intuition and Precision into Architectural Design, Studio Structural Contingencies KU Leuven, 2016–2021
Caroline Voet, Steven Schenk

Chapter 8
Architecture from Drawing: A Brief Inquiry into Three Types
Rosamund Diamond

Chapter 9
Time in Unit 9: A Comparison between the Projected Life of the Drawing, the Residues of Living, and Lived Experience
Tom Coward

Chapter 10
A Dialectical Sketch: The ARU Studio by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou, London, 2000–2018
Louis Mayes, Philip Christou

Chapter 11
The Building Is Present: The 1:5 Model as a Way of Seeing, TU Delft, Chair Buildings, Interiors, Cities, 2018–2019
Sereh Mandias

PART 3: Different Worlds and Other Places

Chapter 12
The Mysteries Encountered When Finding Reality
Helen Thomas

Chapter 13
Starting from the Mess: The “Environment-Worlds” of Architectural Research and Design
Sepideh Karami

Chapter 14
Examining Utopias: Comparative Scales as a Transdisciplinary Research Method
Jana Culek

Chapter 15
Growing Up Modern: Lessons from Childhoods in Iconic Homes
Julia Jamrozik

PART 4: Stepping Back from the Object

Chapter 16
Rem Koolhaas’s House with No Style: The 1992 Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition
Cathelijne Nuijsink

Chapter 17
Instagram, Indifference, and Postcritique in US Architectural Discourse
Joseph Bedford

Chapter 18
Being-With/A Tacit Alliance: Architecture, Publishing, and the Poetic Reciprocity of Civic Culture
Patrick Lynch

Chapter 19
Agency and Critical Editorial Devices in Recent Little Architecture Magazines
Carlo Menon

PART 5: The Values of the Object

Chapter 20
Understanding Architecture
Wilfried Wang

Chapter 21
Tracing Álvaro Siza’s Traces: To Fabricate A Construction of Time
Paulo Providência

Chapter 22
Drawing as a Research Tool: The Case Of Villa Dall’Ava
Luis Burriel-Bielza

Chapter 23
Facade Studies
Simon Henley

About the Authors

Format: Edited volume - free ebook - ePUB

376 pages

Illustrated with colour section of 32 pp.

ISBN: 9789461664747

Publication: September 15, 2022

Languages: English


Caroline Voet is an architect (VOET architecten) and professor of Architecture and Design at KU Leuven.
Eireen Schreurs is an architect, teacher and researcher at Delft University, KU Leuven and the University of Antwerp.
Helen Thomas is a writer, publisher, architect and senior research fellow at ETH Zurich.