UN-WORKING: To undo or destroy (work previously done); the lack or absence of work.

Architectural education is not just about design. It’s about understanding the architect as a participant in a broader discussion about labor and the built environment. Architectural production in the studio currently instills and supports practices of self-exploitation and financial sacrifice. These forms of labor and expectations of productivity without compensation transition into professional practice, perpetuating a cycle of precarity and overwork within architecture. How can we overcome these embedded disparities and exploitations of architectural practice within the studio model to create a more equitable future for architecture? These three UN-WORKING workshops——WORK + PLATFORM + SPACE——seek to rethink the studio model within architecture through a series of conversations and proposed implementations that question modalities of practice and labor in design pedagogy.

01 UN-WORKING WORK (November 12, 2018 @noon)

Participants: Peggy Deamer, Manuel Shvartzberg, Irene Sunwoo, Claire Zimmerman

02 UN-WORKING PLATFORM (January 28, 2019 @noon)

Participants: Keller Easterling, Douglas Spencer

03 UN-WORKING SPACE (February 18, 2019 @noon)

Participant: Francesco Marullo

TACTICAL PEDAGOGIES: Rethinking Architectural Labor Through the Studio Model

2018-2019 Equity Innovation Grant, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, University of Michigan