As Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Theatre Design of Nottingham trent University, in 2019 I started a collaboration with the Module leader of Interdisciplinary Design Studies of BA (Hons) Architecture, to realise an interdisciplinary short exchange project with my students to expand the diversity of our student community.
The aim was to help the process of understanding and interpreting the inner character and attributes of architecture, in order to use this ‘in-depth exploration and expression of spatial practice’ (Tompkins, 2012) for architecture's design intervention on existing buildings.
I utilised my expertise in theatre design to help architecture students to better engage with site-specific design through an Action Research, extending my academic practice related to design for site-specific into a different course. I believed that action research, in fact, was the perfect tool to answer not only for this specific need of a different Module, Course and School, but also to improve my academic practice and to discover existing knowledge and create new knowledge as a reflective practitioner committed to educational improvement (Shön, 1983). The final goal was not just the resolution of a specific didactic gap, but the dissemination of its findings in a wider practice in the HE sector (Mc Niff, 2016).