Watch our Light at the End of the Tunnel session looking at what is going on in the universities and how academics are managing – with Deborah Ascher Barnstone and Libby Sander in conversation with Naomi Stead and Justine Clark.

This year, architectural education was suddenly and rapidly transformed, with academics dramatically redesigning and delivering architectural education using brand new techniques and tools. At the same time, staff were called upon to be flexible and accommodating to their stressed and anxious students, and to provide unprecedented levels of pastoral care. While all of this was happening, the nation’s universities fell into a massive financial hole, and many schools of architecture throughout the country have previously, or are now, in the process of staff layoffs.

But has it been the year from hell for architecture academics? Are there some silver linings? What lessons can we take forward? In this session, architecture academic Dr Deborah Ascher Barnstone of UTS and Organisational Behaviour expert Dr Libby Sander join Naomi and Justine to discuss the wellbeing of architecture academics in this strangest of years.


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Light at the End of the Tunnel is a collaboration between Parlour and Monash Architecture, and is supported by all our Parlour Partners. This session was held online 12.30–1.30pm AEDT, Friday 27 November 2020.