Drawing on Thick Descriptions in Architectural Pedagogy

Nuala Flood

School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast


This article offers a reflection on the use of Architectural Ethnography as a generative design tool in architectural education. This paper presents a case study of a pedagogical experience that prescribes such a user-centred design approach and thereby demonstrates a way of connecting the early-stage architecture student’s work to real-world issues. It also reveals the nature of the creative opportunities presented by architectural ethnographic studies.


Architectural Ethnographic Studies; Architectural Ethnography; Architectural Education; User-centred Design; Architectural Pedagogy; Creative Ethnography

Author contact: n.flood [at] qub.ac.uk

Citation: Flood, N., 2019. “Drawing on Thick Descriptions in Architectural Pedagogy”, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 22(1), 328-335.