A Comparative Study of Horizontal and Vertical Architectural Design Studio Management

By Fadzidah Abdullah, Asiah Abdul Rahim and Saodah Wok.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The Department of Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), had had conducted a horizontal studio management system for the last 11 years of its operation. The same system has also been used by most of the schools of architecture through out the globe. However, due to the increasing numbers of students, and shortage of lecturers, the department had some difficulties in managing the smooth running of architectural design studio teaching. Therefore, the department resolves such problems by introducing a new vertical studio management system, which commenced in December 2008. The implementation of vertical studio system is for the purpose of improving both lecturers-students interaction, and students’ learning capabilities. This research aims to compare the strengths, weaknesses, and effectiveness of two (2) systems of studio management: Horizontal and Vertical Studio Management. With support of survey and interview, this research mainly utilizes action research, in which personal experience of academic staff and students in dealing with both horizontal and vertical studio management systems is documented. It is expected that the new vertical system have some disadvantages as its introduction has not been properly tested and securitised prior to its implementation.

Keywords: Vertical Studio, Horizontal Studio, Architectural Education, Design Studio, Studio Management

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.1-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 713.616KB).

Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Kulliyyah Of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah is an Assistant Professor in Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She has been working in academic field for almost 11 years. Beside being a lecturer, she had served as the Head of Architecture Department, Academic Advisor, Accreditation Coordinator, and Research Committee Member. Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah has vast experience in construction industry as well, she worked in Public Work Department of Malaysia prior to joining IIUM. She has research on various aspects of architecture; mainly on architectural education, universal design, and heritage buildings. She loves natural environment and concerns on the issues of sustainability. Her academic qualification is as below: Ph.D in Architectural Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. MSc in Computer Aided Environmental Design (CAED), University of Sheffield, UK. Bachelor of Architecture, Texas Tech University, USA.

Dr. Asiah Abdul Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Obtained her diploma in Architecture from University Technology Malaysia in 1980, Bachelor of Architecture from Deakin University and Ph.D in Architecture in Oxford Brookes University, U.K in 1994. Was the first Deputy Dean (Academic Affairs) of the Department of Architecture in International Islamic University Malaysia and currently is the principal of Dasar Architect. A council member of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) members for ten years, and chaired for 6 Malaysian Standards – 2 for code of practice for the disabled and the other four for the public toilets. Has written a number of books related to children, ageing groups, and accessibility for the disabled. Received the best researcher award at the university level and Kulliyyah level in 2003 and 2006, and was followed by an award at the national level for her design work of the Institute Social Malaysia under the category of accessible public building for the disabled persons 2005 by Ministry of Women and Human Development, Malaysia in February 2006. Represented Malaysia for United Nation in Bangkok for the Non handicapping Environment for the Disabled, doing research work on related topics and trained by Asia Pacific Disabled Centre (APCD) based in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2003 and 2004.

Dr. Saodah Wok

Academician, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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