National Design Studio Survey: Findings

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The report describes the findings of a survey of the impact of COVID-19 on studio teaching in architectural education. 798 students and 120 teaching staff at 29 schools of architecture responded to the questionnaire. This allowed us to construct an overview of the challenges and opportunities faced in a post COVID-19 world and provide insight into how schools of architecture might respond.

Across all items surveyed, satisfaction among students had decreased following the move to remote teaching. Most significantly affected was the ability for students to learn from each other, to feel part of a community and to access the emotional and motivational support of their peers. This was echoed in responses from tutors.

While in many cases universities were commended for adapting to online teaching, the absence of a physical workplace resulted in an overall detrimental impact on student learning. There was a 58% fall in student satisfaction after the move to online learning and only 7% of students preferred online delivery over its face-to-face equivalent.

This report describes the findings of the largest design studio survey of its kind. It examines the challenges faced by students and staff in responding to the national closure of physical design studios and explores opportunities for the future. In the likelihood that social distancing measures will continue into 2021, these findings provide information that may help schools of architecture develop appropriate responses in the post-COVID 19 environment.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyStanding Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture
Number of pages61
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2020


  • Design Studio
  • Architectural Education
  • COVID-19
  • Remote Learning


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