The Enquiries of Conventional Architectural Education

By Fadzidah Abdullah and Asiah Abdul Rahim.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Although the conventional architectural educational approach has been used by most schools of architecture for more than a hundred years, and recognised by scholars as being a “good” experiential learning method, it is also criticised as having a weakness and its irrelevancy to the current architectural education is being harrowing. Through decades of its evolution, architectural education has been confronted with many wide-ranging critiques, discussed in such occasions as architectural conferences, architectural accreditation meetings, in printed media such as journals and reports, and formal and informal faculty discussions. Critical comments are expressed as responses to the disappointment arising from many parties involved in the construction industry that architectural graduates do not perform as expected of them. In fact, the architectural profession was shocked by the intensity of the critical comment it received on inadequacies of architects’ performance.

Keywords: Architectural Education, Design Teaching, Learning Architecture

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.272MB).

Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah

Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Kulliyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED), International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Has been working as lecturer for 11 years, has working experience in Construction industry for 6 years prior to be a lecturer. Ph.D in Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Master of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK. Bachelor in Architecture, Texas Tech University, USA.

Dr. Asiah Abdul Rahim

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Associate Professor AR. Dr. Asiah Abdul Rahim is a practicing architect who has been involved in academic world for more than 10 years. Beside teaching, she is also active in research and consultancy on areas of universal design, urban housing, malaysian standard for accessibility, architectural education, and e-submission. She obtained her first degree in Australia, and her PhD in University of Oxford Brooke, United Kingdom.


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