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.