This paper will explore the pedagogy developed for Tectonics a module that serves as an introduction of construction and structures to students from Architecture, Construction Engineering Management, and Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying. Under the premise of the Architect-Maker, the slogan of our School of Architecture, the challenge was on how to make a transdisciplinary module that would adapt to different points of view for the first and second semester. During the first semester, students had to adopt the point of view of building contractors over a given case study, and the same teamwork that is experienced in the reality was translated in the first coursework brief, which inquiry was How did they build it? During the Second Semester, students had to adopt the point of view of a structural engineer and offer as a mode of consultancy a report over a given case study, to explain Why this structure is standing? This module has existed since the foundation of the School of Architecture at Loughborough University, it was originally delivered only for Architecture students, with a cohort of around 50 students. This had changed in the last three years, and nowadays, the Architecture student represents the minority of the cohort. Having this last year, a cohort of over 200 students, fewer allocated staff to support with tutorials, the ongoing restrictions for Laboratory sessions and room capacity due to the COVID pandemic transition, and the pressure to offer content accessible and clear to new students that had no prior A level exams, was crucial and was my main duty as a Module leader. There was a total overhauling of the Module content, making Lectures, Coursework, Pre-recorded sessions, and the exam was subject to review. Tectonics yet was the desired challenge, a module that required patience, coordination, and passion for teaching.
Graduated as an architect from Peru, with 4 years of experience in the construction industry, an MSc in Developing Planning, an ongoing Ph.D. research around Critical Urban Theory. I am foremost, a university teacher, with 4 years of teaching experience in Undergraduate Higher education between the courses of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Construction Engineering Management, and Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying. My passion for teaching has always been transdisciplinary and critical. My curiosity for understanding processes and explaining phenomena had served me to place myself in an expectant position, eager for knowledge and new ways to explain ideas. My students have constantly benefitted from my innovative methods of teaching and the accuracy and reliability of my Lectures content. I am currently teaching Tectonics for first-year students, Advanced Technical Investigations, for second-year students, and I am also a studio tutor for Part A students, all in Architecture at Loughborough University. I had been before Lecturer of Technical studies 2, and 3; and Design Communication 3 for Nottingham Trent University.