Vertical Studio

Undergraduate Collaborative Advanced Learning and Teaching Methodology


  • Anneli Giencke Hong Kong Polytechnic University





peer-to-peer education, digital proficiency, collaborative learning and teaching methodology, design educational model


Since 2016 the Environmental and Interior Design Programme (E&I), School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has implemented an educational model called the vertical studio. Until now, the vertical studio model has become an instrumental peer-to-peer learning scheme while enhancing students' competency in digital literacy. A first of its kind within the design education context of Asia, the vertical studio model has contributed to advance design education practices, embracing collaborative learning opportunities, and facilitate knowledge and skills transfer of drawing techniques, technology, and digital proficiency.

How to Cite

Giencke, A. (2021). Vertical Studio: Undergraduate Collaborative Advanced Learning and Teaching Methodology. Cubic Journal, 4(4), 100–107.



Author Biography

Anneli Giencke, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Anneli Giencke, is an architect Dip Arch (MArch), PGDip, ARB (UK). She studied architecture and interior design in Austria, Germany and London and received her master from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She has two decades of practical experience working in renowned international companies as a designer and architect including Plasma Studio and Wilkinson Eyre Architects (London/ UK). She is also a visiting critic to numerous international universities including the Architectural Association London (AA), Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), Royal College of Art in London/ UK, The Technical University Berlin/ Germany, The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University Hong Kong. Anneli taught at the Institute for Experimental Architecture / Studio 3 at the Technical University of Innsbruck/ Austria, and more recently at City University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong as adjunct assistant professor and joint The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design in 2018. She also works as a freelance architect in Hong Kong.