Sarah Briant
Queensland University of Technology


The architecture discipline has a long history of workplace learning, but over the last two decades there has been a shift away from opportunities for students to engage in workplace-based learning. While WIL programs across a range of disciplines are widely researched in Australia and globally, information regarding WIL in architecture has not received the same attention.

Overview of practice/research initiative
This study included an online survey to and conversations with WIL program coordinators in architecture, and a desktop audit of all Australasian architecture programs. The preliminary findings are presented as a taxonomy of WIL to understand the current context, highlight innovative and scalable WIL programs, and identify gaps for future, sustainable, innovative, and scalable WIL experiences.

This study has developed a number of criteria for the categorisation of WIL types, based on evidence from analysis of WIL offerings in Australia, and from international literature. Using these criteria, the range of WIL offerings in architecture have been identified. This taxonomy of WIL types, in tabulated form, is used to support discussion of their benefits, shortcomings, innovations, scalability, and long-term suitability.

The preliminary findings
While the focus was on the discipline of architecture, the study has applications beyond this discipline with WIL offerings applicable across many disciplines through strategies for WIL in the future in discipline and cross disciplinary contexts.

With the rapid pace of change, WIL programs need to recognise and engage with industry needs to successfully and sustainably engage with a range of equitable and inclusive WIL experiences.

How proposal fits with Conference Theme: Innovative, scalable, and sustainable WIL
This poster presents a review of current WIL offerings in architecture and identifies different types of WIL and categorises them against a number of criteria. This includes identifying current practices that are innovative and scalable, as well as identifying opportunities for development of new types of WIL that may be more appropriate into the future.