Carter Crawford, PhD, PLA, is a landscape architect with over 30 years of practice experience in North Carolina. Recently relocated to Denver, Colorado, he received his PhD from NC State in 2013 and served as Coordinator of the LA program at NC A&T State University. His dissertation was on the history of the philosophy of design education from antiquity through the mid-20th century. As follow-up research, he has been exploring how that history relates to current design studio instruction. Carter has interviewed a number of highly respected studio instructors from around the country and he’s in the process of editing the video from those talks into a documentary: Teaching Design: Conversations with Landscape Architecture Professors.
As an extension of his exploration of design teaching philosophies, Carter is curious about how design is taught in a practice context. Design Workshop has a history of thinking explicitly about project design goals and processes, and greatly values both formal and informal teaching as part of our workshop. So we are the perfect place for Carter to bridge his research from academic to private practice. In addition to observing our studios through the lens of teaching design, he will be invited to office-based and firm-wide events, including staff-led and guest expert learning sessions, Legacy Design discussions, orientations, staff meetings, design reviews, and select project team meetings. As part of his research inquiry, he will conduct video interviews with the firm’s staff and leaders to capture the firm’s collective point of view on teaching and learning in practice.
With Design Workshop celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it is an auspicious time to reflect on the firm’s workshop culture and studio as places of continuous learning and knowledge sharing beyond the academic setting. We are pleased to welcome Carter Crawford to Design Workshop!