By: Prof Robert Powell & Prof Elias Salleh
ARCHITECTURE & EDUCATION FOR TOMORROW
Universally, architectural education has undergone significant changes over the last thirty years in tandem with globalisation, internationalisation and digitalisation. It was the intention of the pioneering PAM conference in August 2018 to uncover initiatives in the local schools of architecture that have responded to these on-going influences. Thus eight contributions are deemed to have addressed possible innovative approaches that have been attempted in the local architectural schools. These include pedagogical and instructional tools, learning tools, design thinking and a theory of studiogogy.
Almost sixty years after architectural education was initiated in Malaysia, it would seem most appropriate now to reflect on the state of the art and the way forward for local architectural education, taking into consideration the global and local issues of Sustainable Development Goals that seem to affect every facet of human life. Questions can be asked whether there is sufficient room and willingness to avoid ‘one size fits all’ situation for our local Schools of Architecture?
ARCHITECTURE & THE INTERNET OF THINGS
Modelling, both physical and digital, are important techniques in architectural representation. Five case studies were presented during the 2018 conference that relate to the general theme of how architecture and architectural education respond to the internet of things.
Going by the current industrial shift taking place, especially in relation to IR4.0, the architectural profession needs to be sufficiently equipped to keep abreast with these developments. Hence there are expectations that future architects would be able to cope with and participate in the new working environment enriched by the internet of things.
PRACTICE AND APPRENTICE
Schools of Architecture have always fitted somewhat uncomfortably into Universities, torn between training for practice in the manner of the early Technical College and the increasing demand to produce high quality indexed research papers that will elevate their host University in the global rankings. One might speculate on the effect of this on the Design Studio that is at the heart of architectural education?
Numerous articles on architectural education in Malaysia have been published in learned journals but, surprisingly, this appears to be the very first book to be published by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia or indeed by an academic institution, on this important subject. It is anticipated that more will emerge from a reinvigorated PAM Education Committee.