The teaching of design is typically an individual process. Theories of learning, imperatives of assessmentand traditional teaching models set individual tasks that are intendedto lead to individual submissions. With attitudes of training and instruction, the focus is typically on skill acquisition and demonstration of such skills through successful completion of project tasks.The context of studio teaching, however, is one that is immensely powerful and makes a substantial contribution to the intellectual approaches to comprehending our realities and, more importantly, our futures. In this paper I will focus on three aspects of studio that warrant attention, among the many that demand it, especially as digital media and environments, beyond tools, are pervasive in design. This paper will consider the importance of studio education as the context for design education from the aspects of design as asocial act, design as an expert act, design as an engagement of data.