Learning to think and act creatively is a requisite fundamental aspect of design education for architectural and interior design as well as industrial and graphic design. Development of creative capacities must be encountered early in design education for beginning students to become self-actualized as skillful designers.

With chapters written by beginning design instructors, Developing Creative Thinking in Beginning Design addresses issues that contribute to deficiencies in teaching creativity in contemporary beginning design programs. Where traditional pedagogies displace creative thinking by placing conceptual abstractions above direct experiential engagement, the approaches presented in this book set forth alternative pedagogies that mitigate student fears and misconceptions to reveal the potency of authentic encounters for initiating creative transformational development.

These chapters challenge design pedagogy to address such issues as the spatial body, phenomenological thinking, making as process, direct material engagement and its temporal challenges, creative decision making and the wickedness of design, and the openness of the creative design problem. In doing so, this book sets out to give greater depth to first design experiences and more effectively enable the breadth and depth of the teacher–student relationship as a means of helping your students develop the capacity for long-term self-transformation.

chapter |26 pages


ByStephen Temple

part I|24 pages

Creative Traditions in the Contemporary Design Educational Context

chapter Chapter 1|10 pages

Beginning Design

Seven Points
ByMichael Benedikt

chapter Chapter 2|12 pages

Blurry Target

ByThomas Sofranko

part II|56 pages

Transformative Development through Learning Creativity

chapter Chapter 3|12 pages

The Touch of Hands and the Awakening of Sensibility

A Creative Thought at the Beginning Level in Architecture
ByRafael Urbina

chapter Chapter 4|9 pages

The Structure of Knowledge and Beginning Design Education

ByJames Sullivan

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Threshold of Uncertainty and Design Education

ByMichael Tovey

chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

Zen and/in Beginning Design Education

ByJulio Bermudez

part III|56 pages

Creative Decision Making, Uncertainty, Failure, and Openness

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Uncertainty and Creative Decision Making in Beginning Design Experiences

ByStephen Temple

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

A Temporal Attitude

ByBrian Dougan

chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

Dashed Hopes

Lessons in the Failure of Best Intentions
ByGreg Watson

chapter Chapter 10|15 pages

The Open Project

Field Notes for an Investigation
ByMark A. Blizard

part IV|50 pages

Embodied and Phenomenological Approaches in Beginning Design

chapter Chapter 11|19 pages

The Spatial Body in the Proto-Architectural Phase of Design

ByMirjana Lozanovska

chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

Violet Light Under a Saffron Sky

Creativity, Phenomenology, and Speculative Realism in Beginning Design 1
ByMichael Lucas

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

In the Making

Creative Thinking in the Architectural Design Studio
ByJudy O’Buck Gordon

part V|54 pages

Creativity and Making

chapter Chapter 14|10 pages

Where Do Ideas Come From?

A Hands-On Strategy for Designing and Building Architecture 1
ByNils Gore

chapter Chapter 15|14 pages

Oculata Manus

On the Role of the Body in the Making of Creative Minds
ByBradley Walters, Lisa Huang

chapter Chapter 16|17 pages

DESIGN-BUILD Build/Design 1

An Inquiry-Based Approach to Teaching Beginning Design Students
ByNatalija Subotincic

chapter Chapter 17|11 pages

Think>Make and Make/Think

Beginning Steps in Architectural Design
ByMatthew Brehm