An experiential course focussing on theoretical and practical knowledge of writing in architecture

Research has indicated an underlying link between writing and architecture. While in architecture, creating narratives, structures, aesthetics, and redesigning could correspond to writing stories, forming words, expressions, and editing in writing, one could also equate the power of philosophies in architecture to that of literature. The art and craft of writing though a lonely process, when performed for the discipline of architecture becomes a stimulating one that articulates design and its impressions, drives architectural discourses, educates and builds opinions in academia, practice, media, and society.

This course will build on comprehending architecture writing in India, and globally, and dwell into its multi-faceted impact, numerous operative mediums, typical genres, and mandates, styles, and structures that govern it. 

This will be done through a series of 

    theoretical lectures, knowledge-sharing talks, 

    interactive sessions, readings, 

    individual practical assignments with feedback

Course Outcomes

  • Knowledge

    Enhance your understanding of the subject, discipline, and profession of architecture writing

  • Skills

    Up-skill to express with clarity and learn more about research, structure, interpretation, and communication in architecture writing

  • Learn basic fundamentals

    Understand impact, goals, mandates, genres, styles, and approaches to architecture writing

Course Schedule

22 Aug - 26 Sep, 6.00-7.30 PM IST, every Saturday

Mentor

Apurva Bose Dutta

Author & Mentor

Apurva Bose Dutta (www.apurvabose.com) is an author, award-winning architectural journalist, curator, and editor, based in Bangalore, India. Her professional journey of 15 years has seen global collaborations with multimedia publication houses, firms, organisations, and educational institutions affiliated with architecture, design, and building. She explores her academic background of architecture and journalism in diverse roles—conducting and curating architecture and design content and discourses for the print and digital media, professional speaking, holding training workshops, and consulting for academic and professional industry initiatives. Apurva has been been invited by the Australian and Finland Governments to represent the Indian delegation in International Media Visits of Architectural Writers in Melbourne (2016) and Helsinki (2018) respectively. Her book, ARCHITECTURAL VOICES OF INDIA: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos (2017), has received acclaim and wide coverage in the media.

Who should take this course?

  • People with an architecture background with an inclination towards architecture writing

  • Students of Architecture

  • Faculty of Architecture

  • Young and Practicing established Architects

  • People with a media background who are passionate about writing on architecture and the built environment

Course Outline

Session 1

  • Lecture: Introductions & Course Overview 
  • Lecture: Introduction to Architecture Writing and its Global History
  • Lecture: Reflections on Architecture Journalism, Architecture Criticism, and Architecture Communications 
  • Interactive Session: Q&A
  • Lecture: Mediums/Avenues for Architecture Writing 
  • Lecture: Work Opportunities/Relevance/Expanse of Architecture Writing 
  • Lecture: Present Status of the Profession 
  • Interactive Session: Q&A
  • Introduction to Exercise 1 (Reading/Research) 

Session 2

  • Interactive Session on Exercise 1
  • Lecture: Main Goals, Principles, and Mandates for Writing
  • Interactive Session: Q&A
  • Lecture: Different Genres in Architecture Writing: Developing Concept, Framework, Approach, and Methodology
  • Interactive Session: Q&A
  • Introduction to Exercise 2 (Reading/Research) 

Session 3

  • Interactive Session on Exercise 2
  • Lecture: Writing for Diverse Mediums: Publications, Academia, Practice, Society 
  • Lecture: Styles in Architecture Writing 
  • Interactive Session: Q&A
  • Lecture: Methodology of Writing: Structure, Language, Vocabulary, Grammar
  • Interactive Session: Q&A
  • Introduction to Exercise 3 (Reading) 
  • Introduction to Assignment (Writing)
    Submission Date: 16th Sep: Each submission will get an individual feedback from the mentor by the 24th Sep 

Session 4

  • Interactive Session (Exercise 3):  Selected pieces of writing: Analysis of Approach, Methodology, Ideas, Style, Expression
  • Lecture: Case Studies: Application of aforementioned Theoretical Concepts towards Book Writing 
  • Interactive Session: Q&A
  • Introduction to Exercise 4 (Reading) 


Session 5

  • Interactive Session: Process/Challenges/Learning during Assignments 
  • Interactive Session (Exercise 4):  Diverse Reflections on Architecture Writing

Session 6 

  • Lecture: Mentor’s collective feedback on the assignments 
  • Lecture: Detailed discussion on selected 7-8 assignments 
  • Interactive session on Assignments 
  • Interactive session:  Q&A and Takeaways from the Course
  •  Conclusion


 

 

FAQ

  • What prior information/knowledge do I need to have about architecture writing to join the course?

    In case you are from an architecture background, an inclination towards architecture writing, and an interest, if not experience in writing, will be ideal. For those from the media background, a basic understanding, interest and knowledge about architecture and the built environment will be preferred.

  • For which year architecture students is this course best suited?

    Architecture writing is a relatively new field; hence, the course has been structured to suit all years and all levels of experience.

  • Can I submit my assignment in any language other than English?

    The mentor will be providing individual feedback to each assignment; hence, English will be the only permitted language in which assignments will have to be sent.

  • What is the difference between Exercises and Assignment?

    Exercises will be focussed on reading and research, whereas the assignment will be a written piece.

  • How much time will I have to devote to exercises and the assignment. Will they be done individually or in groups?

    The course will have four exercises focussed on reading and researching, which, along with the course knowledge, will be implemented in a single writing assignment. The exercises should take 2-3 hours per week. Participants will get ten days to submit their assignment. All will be individual exercises and assignments.

  • Will the assignment be accepted past the deadline?

    The mentor will need to review assignments and provide feedback within the course timelines; Hence, the assignment will not be accepted after the deadline.

  • If I miss a session, will I get to see the recorded lecture?

    The lectures will be conducted live; there will be no recordings that will be shared, or permitted.

Header Image Courtesy : Sketch by Ar. Shruthi Shetty; Published in JIIA, Aug 2013 - edited by Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta