To undo or destroy (work previously done); the lack or absence of work.

Architectural education is not just about design. It’s about understanding the architect as a participant in a broader discussion about labor and the built environment. Architectural production in the studio currently instills and supports practices of self-exploitation and financial sacrifice. These forms of labor and expectations of productivity without compensation transition into professional practice, perpetuating a cycle of precarity and overwork within architecture. How can we overcome these embedded disparities and exploitations of architectural practice within the studio model to create a more equitable future for architecture? These three UN-WORKING workshops——WORK + PLATFORM + SPACE——seek to rethink the studio model within architecture through a series of conversations and proposed implementations that question modalities of practice and labor in design pedagogy.

01 UN-WORKING WORK (November 12, 2018 @noon)

Participants: Peggy Deamer, Manuel Shvartzberg, Irene Sunwoo, Claire Zimmerman

02 UN-WORKING PLATFORM (January 28, 2019 @noon)

Participants: Keller Easterling, Douglas Spencer

03 UN-WORKING SPACE (February 18, 2019 @noon)

Participant: Francesco Marullo

TACTICAL PEDAGOGIES: Rethinking Architectural Labor Through the Studio Model

Organized by Brittany Utting and Daniel Jacobs.

This project was made possible by a 2018-2019 Equity Innovation Grant from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.



November 12, 2018, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning


Photography by Yojairo Lomeli