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Workshop and Individual Feedback on Studio Presentations for the School of Architecture (MArch)

This year marks the sixth year of collaboration with the School of Architecture’s ARCH5110 Design Studios. With growing interest to expand the project and several years of positive feedback from students and collaborators, the total number of studios receiving EAC support this year has extended from one to four to increase impact. Dr Fun Liu and Mr Johnson Chan are the frontline teachers responsible for supporting two studios each. Mr Johnson Chan, a newly invited frontline teacher for this collaboration, conducted two Zoom sessions for students in the ARCH5110 design studios taught by Prof Adam Fingrut and Prof Inge Goudsmit. The workshop and feedback sessions were about four hours each and were held on 24 February 2022 and 21 April 2022, prior to students’ midterm and final review studio presentations respectively. Each session began with a 45-minute workshop on public speaking and presentation skills to prep students for their rehearsals, followed by the provision of instant feedback after each individual presentation. The first session focused on the verbal characteristics of an effective presentation, highlighting the importance of volume, intonation, fluency, stress, and pauses for stronger energy and conviction. The second session elaborated on communication enhancement, and emphasized the thesis, anchor, and engagement aspects of a persuasive and successful presentation. Students’ presentation rehearsals were recorded and distributed back for their self-review. The EAC project team is happy with the positive response for this new intervention model and looks forward to future collaboration opportunities.