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. Monayya Zafar 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 Pecha Kucha 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 Nuno Soares 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.