The Chair of Architectural Design and Participation is concerned with the design for the community, with participatory building processes, material and spatial studies. Projects develop a sensibility to contextual factors from which invention can arise. Conceptual thinking combines with a hands-on approach for site-specific solutions, acknowledging the importance of local resources and the needs of the community.
We explore the social role of architecture and our approach is to get the students to learn how to connect the thinking and the making. On the one hand, we try to bring them to reality. On the other hand, we attempt to push them to be visionaries, to be strong in ideas — to go behind the thinking and to foster the thinking.