BAE-IAP Third Faculty Training Workshop – May 2015
(The summary has been extracted from an ar¬ticle previously published in Architecture, Design, Art (ADA, 8(30) during the year 2015. Ar. Farida Abdul Ghaffar has authored the original article.)
Pursuing its objective to facilitate training and de¬velopment of the faculty of architecture institutions, the Board of Architectural Education - Institute of Architects Pakistan (BAE-IAP) conducted the first ‘Faculty Roundtable’ in May (28th-30th) 2015, at the Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi. 31 individuals - two mid-career faculty members from each institution - imparting ar¬chitectural education were invited to participate in the Roundtable. The main agenda of the Roundtable was to discuss issues and propositions relevant to architectural education in order to generate:
• A dialogue be¬tween the young/mid-career faculty of architecture schools and senior academics/researchers/practicing architects regarding the curriculum.
• A platform for the young faculty to voice their concerns and their students’ worries regarding academic issues and seek possible solutions.
The forum allowed all participants to express their concerns and reflect on how to synthesize the quality of architectural education countrywide. Most participants were concerned about the gap between academia and practice/industry whereas some emphasized on the need to strengthen teacher-student relationship. Lack of vision and ideology was also discussed; the curriculum was labeled obsolete. The procedure of student enrollment and faculty training were also highlighted.
Six guest speakers, namely, Ar. Yasmeen Lari, Ar./Planner Sikander Ajam, Dr. Shahzad Jeewa, Professor Dr. Noman Ahmed, Ar./Planner. Arif Hasan and Professor Dr. Gulzar Haider were also invited to address the par¬ticipants. Each speaker began with a presentation that covered different aspects of architectural education and engaged with the participants in an interactive session immediately after. Thus, creating an opportunity for the young faculty to question and learn from the best.
At the end, faculty members - divided into four groups; represented by two people - shared their thoughts related to the four topics of high priority; ‘Faculty’, ‘Curriculum’, ‘Studio teaching’ and ‘Students’. The topics were shortlisted from a list of ‘most pressing issues re¬lated to architectural education in Pakistan’, highlighted by the speakers in their presentations. Each group first discussed the topic among themselves and then with other groups. Their 20 minute presentations culminated with carefully prepared recommendations for BAE-IAP to share with the higher authorities. Participants of the First Faculty Roundtable - representing 16 schools of architec¬ture, also resolved to form an Association of Architectural Faculty at Institutional/Chapter/National level and formu¬late a charter for its operation for the purpose of:
• Creating an information sharing platform.
• Creating a code of conduct and ethics for the faculty and students so as to nurture a healthy learning environment.
• Enhancing the capacity of the BAE-IAP, in the de¬velopment of architecture education in Pakistan
• Requesting all the schools to allocate funds for the faculty associations in order to host various edu-cational activities at national level to enhance the quality of education. Members of the faculty as-sociations shall individually commit to an annual membership fee for the association’s activities.
• Forwarding the recommendations of the Roundtable to the Chairman of BAE-IAP for con¬sideration and further action.