Kinds of designing and their functions in analyzing

  • Mike Christenson


In this paper, I mine the scholarly work of longtime MIT professor Donald Schön for a set of tactics which, having originated in his studies of the architectural design studio, are shown to be relevant to the architectural analysis of existing buildings. In this way, a specific and hitherto untapped potential of Schön’s work is developed, but more critically, I use the discussion to support a strategy of designerly analysis which suggests an expansion of studio pedagogy as a field for learning.


Schon Pedagogy Architecture Studio 



Student work in this paper was produced by Brett Barry and Lindsay Beukhof students in the M. Arch. degree program at North Dakota State University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Landscape ArchitectureNorth Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

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