A certain uncertainty: Letter to a young architect

Martin Gledhill

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This short chapter examines architectural education through a Jungian lens. In the context of "higher" education the teaching of architects is subsumed in a "learn to earn" environment, one which measures rather than treasures the development of the individual. Whilst Jung argued that education is not psychotherapy, he asserts that the two disciplines signifcantly overlap. The maxim that "education is the architecture of the soul", could equally be read as, architecture is the education of the soul, although we might think more in terms of psyche. In this context "the crit", at least in its traditional format, is really a theatre of pathologies, at times, a grotesque rite of passage. In evolving a more therapeutic tutorial landscape, as Rilke would put it, we could all learn to "love the questions" and hold uncertainty, rather than unwittingly propagate the known. The project is the person.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking the Crit
Subtitle of host publicationNew Pedagogies in Design Education
EditorsP. Flynn, M. O'Connor, M. Price, M. Dunn
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781000789744
ISBN (Print)9781032266855
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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