The Hidden School





Hidden School, EAAE, Conference, 2019, Zagreb


The EAAE Annual Conference of 2019 is titled ‘The Hidden School’, aiming to discuss an architecture school’s true character, the substance and the quality of architectural education in the broadest sense, and that which is beyond the stated curricula, yet — whether concretely manifested or subliminally perceived — embodies the culture of the school.

The Hidden School can be observed through a range of tacit aspects or conspicuous specificities which make the educational path a unique one. It is the content that can be embedded within the syllabus, learned informally, personified by educators, the attributes and activities of students, or the spaces it takes place in.

Bearing this in mind, reading between the curricular lines is crucial in evaluation, but is it possible to develop tools for the assessment of the ‘hidden’? If the hidden school exists in parallel or as a background process, a self-generated search for fundamental answers, and its interpretation, manifestation or legibility has a multitude of facets, how can these aspects be captured?

The conference, hosted in 2019 by the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, focuses upon the subliminal quality of architectural education, that which is beyond the stated curricula and is hard to document through quality evaluation procedures.

How to Cite

Atalay Franck, O., Cavallo, R., De Walsche, J., Harriss, H., Justić, S., Roth-Čerina, M., Stewart, S., & Zupančič, T. (2019). The Hidden School. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 8–11.



Author Biographies

Oya Atalay Franck, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Oya Atalay Franck is since 2017 president of the EAAE - European Association for Architectural Education. She is an architect, architectural historian and educator. She is Professor of Architecture and the Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering as well as Head of Continuing Education at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland. She has taught theory and history of architecture as well as design studio at Rensselaer (Troy NY), Bilkent (Ankara) and ETH (Zürich). She acts as an expert in various national scientific bodies, such as SNF, FWO and DFF, in advisory boards and peer review committees, as well as in auditing boards for education and research quality for schools of architecture, civil engineering and urban planning in several European countries. She is a founding member of the EAAE Education Academy as well as a founding member and former coordinator of the ARENA Architectural Research Network.

Roberto Cavallo, Delft University of Technology

Roberto Cavallo is associate professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology where he teaches since 1996. He is member of the Architectural Research Network ARENA and editor of AJAR, Arena Journal of Architectural Research. On behalf of the Faculty / Department of Architecture, he is leading several research initiatives in The Netherlands and abroad and he is the TU Delft responsible for the International Doctorate in Architecture Villard d’Honnecourt headed by the IUAV in Venice. He has extensive experience in organizing and coordinating international workshops, symposia and conferences and is often member of scientific committees in international academic events in The Netherlands and abroad. His various scientific publications are ranging from the urban to the architectural project.

Johan De Walsche, University of Antwerp

Johan De Walsche has a strong research interest in architectural research methodology, design research and architectural design education. Next to this, he is promoting student projects about building culture in territories in transition, more particularly in non-Western societies. Before coordinating the Education Academy, he was project leader of the EAAE Charter on Architectural Research. Johan De Walsche is member of the ARENA research network, were he is coordinating the research seminars DR_SoM [Design Research, Series on Methods]. He is involved in an expert group on the evaluation of non-written research outcome in Flanders. Johan De Walsche is full-time academic staff member.

Harriet Harriss, Pratt Institute

Professor Harriet Harriss (RIBA, PFHEA, Ph.D.) is a qualified architect and Dean of the Pratt School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York. Her teaching, research and writing focus upon pioneering new pedagogic models for design education, as captured in Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education & the British Tradition, and for widening participation in architecture to ensure it remains as diverse as the society it seeks to serve, a subject she interrogates in her book, A Gendered Profession. Professor Harriss has won various awards for teaching excellence including a Brookes Teaching Fellowship, a Higher Education Academy Internationalisation Award, a Churchill Fellowship, and two Santander awards. Before joining the RCA, she led the MArchD in Architecture at Oxford Brookes and was appointed a Principal Lecturer of Student Experience. 

Siniša Justić, University of Zagreb

Siniša Justić is an associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, and the vice-dean of education. He teaches architectural drawing and representation, innovating programs and assignments raising graphic and spatial sensibility. He has won several architectural competitions and contributes to workshops, final crits and discourse.

Mia Roth-Čerina, University of Zagreb

Mia Roth-Čerina, PhD, is an architect and associate professor at the Department of Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, as well as a Council member of the EAAE. She has taught architectural design since 2001, won numerous architectural competitions and awards, led extracurricular workshops exploring new modalities in higher architectural education, served as a member of national and international professional, public and faculty bodies, engaged as guest critic and jury member, written and exhibited on both her work and research interests. Since 2016 she has been serving as Vice-dean of international relations and art at her Faculty, during which time she has extensively worked on involving the school in the pinnacle of relevant architectural education discussions.

Sally Stewart, Glasgow School of Art

Sally Stewart is an architect and educator. She is Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, having been the Deputy Head since 2011, having previously been filled the posts of Head of Undergraduate Studies and Post Graduate Programme Leader. She was educated at the Mackintosh School graduating with a Master of Architecture in 1986. She was awarded a Readership by the University of Glasgow in 2014, and a Professorship in Architectural Education and Practice in June 2018. She has been active in the research into and design of environments for the elderly, designing for dementia and inclusive environments, the pedagogy of the architectural studio and creative practice research. Her recent research work considers the nature of personal practice and how that can be revealed, examined and enhanced. She still considers herself to be a student of architecture.

Tadeja Zupančič, University of Ljubljana

Tadeja Zupančič is a professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture. She is Vice-Dean for research, teaches, supervises PhD-s/post- PhD-s, coordinates EU projects and the doctoral programme at the faculty. She studied architecture at UL and finished her Ph.D. in 1995. Her Ph.D. was a manifesto in favour of urban university integration. Her actual main research themes are promoting practice based and research through design within the integral research tradition in architecture. Her interests are also the cultural dimensions of sustainability and public participation in urban design as an opportunity for life-long action-based learning of all the actors involved. She represents Slovenia in the evaluations of architectural diplomas (Subgroup for Architecture / Group of Coordinators for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications / European Commission). 'After the eCAADe presidency period (2017-19) she continues as Vice-President of eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe)'