Annabel C. Pretty
Peter McPherson


The use of the word “live” as a prefix for a project, is a thought-provoking, and perplexing concept; does one assume that all other projects are dead?
Or is it that "(a)live," in the studio build paradigm, is about the currency and value of the moment? Or is it that one is operating outside of normative architectural academia, and is therefore (a)live?
Untangling the meta meaning of the verb “live” and then juxtaposing it with the word “interactive” could draw the reader to the conclusion that we are talking about a non-momentary or continuous two-way transfer of information – often as not between the student, the lecturing staff and external agencies (in many cases real clients). It is this existence between the borderland of academia and practice that this chapter hopes to unpack and clarify.

This article is an introduction to contents of Chapter II.


How to Cite
Pretty, A. C. and McPherson, P. (2017) “Encountering the pedagogy of live and interactive architectural projects”, The Journal of Public Space, 2(3), pp. 63–66. doi: 10.5204/jps.v2i3.114.
Chapter II
Author Biographies

Annabel C. Pretty, Unitec Institute of Technology, School of Architecture

Annabel Pretty is Academic Leader for Master of Architecture (Professional)  & Senior Lecturer within Architecture (Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture) at the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland. A mobile architectural photographer, designer and writer who teaches second year studio within the Bachelor of Architecture programme as well as supervising Masters of Architecture (Prof) students. Formerly an Associate Head of Design School. Her current research interests lay in, representation of Architecture, live studio projects, design methodologies, e-learning technologies, and innovation within the wider Design and Architecture field. Elected twice as New Zealand’s Executive board member for Cumulus Association; the only global association to serve art, architecture and design education and research, and is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 257 members from 54 countries.

Peter McPherson, Unitec Institute of Technology, School of Architecture

Peter McPherson has been with Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland since 2010 as a member of academic staff in the Department of Architecture.  Projects involving the realisation of a built outcome have formed a central part of Peter’s teaching approach and he co-ordinated large scale fabrication projects LuxCity and CityUps.  His areas of research include digital technology in design and approaches to the teaching of design.  
Peter arrived at Unitec after several years working at Foster+Partners in London, England.  Experiences in London included working on a range of projects including masterplans, supertall towers, luxury resorts and various civic, office and apartment buildings across a number parts of the globe. This experience highlighted the importance of a research based, interdisciplinary approach to architecture.