Open Access Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington
thesis_access.pdf (7.75 MB)

Exposed Pedagogy: Architecture as (a) Medium (of communication)

Download (7.75 MB)
posted on 2021-11-14, 02:09 authored by Smith, Michael

Architecture schools are often isolated from the profession and the public they serve both pedagogically and physically, and often this is justified. Schools are not typically very public. However, schools could play a much greater role in the stimulation of a public discourse around architecture. The intent of this thesis is to examine how architecture can stimulate that discussion and ultimately how architecture could frame that discourse. The thesis proposes that an architecture school can and should be a vehicle for public discourse by way of framing that discourse on the one hand and overtly stimulating it on the other. Specifically, an architecture school has the capacity to contribute to public discourse through the visual affects of form making and the social implications of that same form. The research is divided into three components that chronicle an argument from contextualisation, through investigation to application.


Copyright Date


Date of Award



Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Rights License

Author Retains Copyright

Degree Discipline


Degree Grantor

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Degree Level


Degree Name

Master of Architecture

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Architecture


Kebbell, Sam