Tandem: design of a practice

Murray, J 2011, Tandem: design of a practice, Masters by Research, Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

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Title Tandem: design of a practice
Author(s) Murray, J
Year 2011
Abstract TANDEM: DESIGN OF A PRACTICE attempts to chart the design process and conceptual workings of the small architectural design practice Tandem design studio. The examination and cataloging is ultimately represented through a series of different voices: anecdotes, narratives and touchstones. Combined they form a previously unheard description of the tactics/techniques, interests and dreams of the 2 principals of the practice.

During the process a series of recurrent themes emerged that were explored in the catalogue accompanying the final exhibition. Themes included; the role of the image, frameworks for difference, one medium to another, controlled collaboration.
As described in the catalogue:
"The masters was/is the chance to engage with practice from the outside.
What is it, we do?
Why do we do it?
What does this tell us about ourselves?
And then -
Should we keep doing things this way?"
" Ultimately our design practice evolves or withers on the strength of communal understanding; without the ability to be self reflexive the narrative that drives our approach remains singular and stagnates; The Masters by practice has set in train a process of recording and self renewal."
"What we came to understand through the conversations initiated by this programme was that as much as any building project we had designed our practice; bringing our personal and shared experiences from other practices to form the idea of an entity we called tandem."

Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Masters by Practice
Tandem design studio
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