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Archives 2013

First HoDs Roundtable Conference – April 2013

(The summary has been extracted from an article previously published in Archi Times during the year 2013. Ar. MonayyaZafar has authored the original article.)

The first Roundtable Conference of the Board of Architectural Education (BAE) was held on the 29th of April 2013. The event intended to bring together the heads of architecture schools in order to discuss their mutual goals and streamline a path towards their achieve¬ment. In this regard, the event was fairly successful since the representatives of seventeen schools of architecture came together from all over the country.

The Heads of Department (HoDs) of different schools shared their vision, efforts and concerns regard-ing the development of their institutions. Main points in discussion included;

• General perception towards architecture in pres¬ent times within various contexts.
• Registration of architects after five years without an exam.
• Growing female to male ratio in architecture institutions.
• The dearth of architectural educators in stark con¬trast to the fast emerging schools of architecture.
• The importance of study trips for students in or¬der to expand their horizons and provide them with exposure.
• The need to document and appraise work by local architects to use as inspiration and teaching aids.
• The importance of need based scholarships for students as incentives and assistance in architec¬tural education.
• Setting up a framework for a professional IAP Journal of Architecture in Pakistan to promote se¬rious writing and research on architecture.
• Formation of Architecture Students Association of Pakistan (ASAP).
It was unanimously agreed that schools should not work in isolation. Thus, the participants agreed to strengthen links with local and foreign schools; learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

BAE-IAP First Faculty Training Workshop – July 2013

(The summary has been extracted from an article previously published in Archi Times during the year 2013. Ar. MonayyaZafar has authored the original article.)

At the First HoD Roundtable Conference organ¬ized by the Board of Architectural Education (BAE), the need for teacher training (programmes) was also highlighted. BAE - living up to its promise - addressed this need by organizing a faculty training workshop al¬most two months later (1st - 5th July).

16 accredited schools - 34 faculty members - from all across Pakistan were gathered at the School of Art, Design and Architecture (SADA) - National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad. Lecture based teaching is fairly simple to plan. Teaching in a dynamic studio environment however, is harder to structure. With these concerns, Dr. Thomas Daniell and Ar. NunoSoares from the University of Saint Joseph in Macau were invited to address issues re¬lated to studio teaching methodologies in architecture schools.

The five days were divided in imperative subjects pertaining to studio teaching; syllabus, precedent stud¬ies, site analysis, volumetric studies, schematic design, materials, structures and presentation techniques. The workshop was planned in two halves. The first half con¬sisted of lectures where the professors shared information relevant to the subject and illustrated it with the workings of their school in Macau. The second half was condensed into a practical assignment so that the faculty may gauge the desired outcome through physical application. All the assignments were combined and presented on the final day in PechaKucha format.

A youthful and energized studio environment came into being, which was the kind of atmosphere the professors wanted to create. Numerous faculty mem¬bers enjoyed the experience of becoming students once again.

Dr. Thomas Daniell is an Associate Professor and Programme Coordinator of Architecture and Design at the University Of Saint Joseph (USJ), visiting Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong, visiting Fellow at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Spatial Information Architecture Lab and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Kyoto University and a PhD from RMIT, for which he received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Thesis. He is widely published in various international publications and is credited for authoring some key architectural books.

Professor NunoSoares graduated from the Lisbon Faculty of Architecture, where he attained a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Urbanism and a Post-graduation in Modern and Contemporary Architecture Culture. He is (also) a Visiting Professor in the Architecture and Design programme at the University of Saint Joseph in Macau, a member of the research team Forma Urbis Lab at the Lisbon Faculty of Architecture and a frequent guest speaker and juror. Apart from being an educator, Soares is also run¬ning his own practice.

BAE-IAP First Faculty Training Workshop – July 2013

(The summary has been extracted from an article previously published in Archi Times during the year 2014. Ar. Aasma Talat, Ar. Sofia Wanchoo Mir and Ms. Wajeeha Akram have authored the original article.)
Based on the success of the First Faculty Training Workshop conducted by BAE-IAP in July 2013, Chairman BAE, Ar. Murad Jamil took the initiative for a second time in October (20th-24th) 2014. 46 young faculty members representing 22 architecture schools from all over Pakistan were gathered at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, in Islamabad.
Professor Nuno Soares and Dr. Thomas Daniell from Saint Joseph University, Macau were invited once again to conduct the workshop which was titled “Designing the Design Studio II”.
The programme was structured around the design of a reading room for the purpose of study and dialogue. The schedule included precedent studies, site reading and analysis - to be conducted in COMSATS - volumetric studies and form generation, schematic design of study models, materials, structure, presentation techniques and detailed design. Finally, at the end of the workshop, participants were asked to present their work in Pecha Kucha format.
The instructors also presented various relevant case studies throughout the workshop. Some were pro¬jects designed and constructed by them, while others were mere inspiration. Even though the workshop was an extension of the previous one, the more extensive prac¬tical aspect allowed the participants to experiment and explore with their design models. Many participants felt like they were reliving their student days as they crafted physical models and demonstrated their progress in pin-up juries and presentations. Professor Nuno Soares expressed his awe on the caliber of the participants this year around who did not cease to impress him throughout the workshop.

BAE-IAP International Conference On Architectural Education – December 2014

(The summary has been extracted from an article previously published in Architecture, Design, Art (ADA, 8(29) dur¬ing the year 2015. Ar. Eman Aurangzeb Khan has authored the original article.)
The International Conference on Architectural Education in Pakistan was held on Friday, December 19th thru Sunday, December 21st 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. The conference titled “Connecting the Disconnects” aimed to bridge the gap between “learning and practice”. This event was organized as a result of the HoDs Roundtable Conferences held by the Board of Architectural Education (BAE) - Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) in April 2013 and March 2014. The Roundtables proposed to bring together noted architects and educationists on a single platform for the enhancement of the system of architectural education in Pakistan.
Recently, architecture commu¬nity all over the world has felt the need to re-think architectural education. The European continent is struggling to con¬form to the standardized models that have come about as a result of the Bologna Process. Pakistan and other South Asian countries have also felt the need to take certain measures in this part of the world. Despite historic, cultural and contextual differences, there is one thing everyone can agree on: the system needs a serious overhaul. Chairperson of the BAE-IAP hoped that the discourse will help to ex¬plore “what we have achieved, what we lack and what is the way forward”.
The format and structure of the conference provided opportunities for longer discussion during intervals and social events stretched over the three days. This resulted in a sense of community, support and constructive feedback for the speakers. An accomplished group of 34 delegates from Pakistan and other coun¬tries (Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and USA) attended the event. The conference managed to initiate a dis¬course where ideas, policies and strategies were discussed. It highlighted the role of educationists, practicing architects and students in changing the face of architec¬ture in the country.
The International Conference on Architectural Education laid a solid foundation for other similar gatherings which can examine the discourse in further depth. It empowered the architecture community of Pakistan to take decisions and implement pol¬icies which can ensure better connectivity among architectural practice, research and pedagogy; connect the disconnected. THUS, a major per-centage of this journal - what (mostly) follows - is dedicated to the findings of the papers that were presented at the conference. The papers are NOT arranged in the same order in which they were presented. Instead, the section was based on a narrative designed to maintain flow of information to facilitate connections and comparisons.