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︎︎︎    Call for Abstracts

STOÀ Journal n. 11, year IV, 3/3, Autumn 2024

Architectural design pedagogies define a complex field of inquiry: its tools are diverse and multifaceted. The aim of the call is to explore how the physical space of learning, namely university buildings as pedagogical devices, bears specific intentions linked to particular aims, educational programmes and learning objectives.

The analysis of the physical space where the teaching of architecture defines a field of investigation that intersects with multiple discussions.

As cultural institutions, these buildings determine ways of understanding education,
its conditions, methods, and objectives: these buildings are tangible entities that grapple with the possible relationships between pedagogical theories and spatial configurations. It is precisely within the school that architecture tests criticalities and potentialities of becoming a significant pedagogical tool, demonstrating in virtuous cases a significant expressive potential in the form of spatial experience, managing to accommodate or even suggest multiple and novel forms of space use. 

As physical structures, schools of architecture beget original relations with cities and landscapes. They are never neutral in their relationship to the context in which they are located, sometimes even becoming a means of theorising, and researching.

Finally, as places for teaching architectural design, they reveal a wide range of possibilities to what a project might be. From a more practical to more experimental ones, from entirely digital explorations to involving hands and bodies, schools of architecture express multiple orientations on what it means to do (and teach) design.

The purpose of this call is to gather contributions that articulate the notion of the non-neutrality of schools of architecture, exploring their specific and unique relationships between spaces and programmes. This involves critically selecting a number of exemplary cases to reflect on how buildings constitute powerful educational tools that shape not only the thinking, but also the attitudes and ideals of aspiring architects.


We are interested in contributions that specifically engage with:

→ recognizing common traits in contemporary international pedagogical experiences;

→ exemplifying, through their conceptualization, specific didactic experiences, through reports, dialogues and interviews with internationally renowned professors, capable of becoming synthetic and effective expressions of a teaching know-how;

→ tracing a limit that can be shared by the scientific community, within which to critically and tendentiously “position” ideas and (didactic) projects, in order to build a a recognizable system by substantiating the reasons.
Abstracts in English or Italian (max. 2000 characters, with one keyword before the title), three images and a biography of 500 characters for each author should be submitted (in .doc file) to: redazione@stoajournal.com

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︎︎︎Deadline: 12/02/2024

Accepted abstracts will be announced by 19/02/2024.

Contributions accepted for publication in the printed journal are expected by 06/05/2024 in the form of a scientific essay, accompanied by notes, bibliography and images, for a maximum of 18,000 characters (spaces, notes and bibliography included) and 8 images/pictures (of which you own the copyright of if they are free for use).

The proposed article must be original in its content. It should have not been published in another print or digital journal or book.

Accepted essays in their final version will undergo a process of Double-Blind Peer Review. Stoà is a scientific journal for non-bibliometric areas 08 - “Civil Engineering and Architecture” (Resolution no. 184 by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes-ANVUR, 27-07-2023).

The call is open to PhD students, researchers, professors and all scholars academically involved in teaching architecture.

Abstracts will not be accepted from authors whose contributions have already been published in Stoà 6, 7, 8 and 9.


STOÀ Journal
Strumenti per l’insegnamento della progettazione architettonica
2021 - Published by Thymos Books
ISSN  2785-0293