The Architectural Education Forum is a body of architectural educators who meet to share ideas, collaborate on research and to discuss current issues in architectural education, with a primary focus on Africa. It was founded at an architectural education symposium held by the School of Architecture and Planning (SoAP) of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), and was invited to be the programme partner for education at the UIA international congress in Durban in 2014. Current membership represents 11 nations.
The 2016 symposium topic “Architectural Education @ different scales” is divided into three themes, each with a keynote speaker, peer-reviewed academic papers and a plenary discussion:
ACCESS @1:1 – Creating open doors into academia at an individual scale for students from diverse backgrounds. (Focus: teaching undergraduate students)
Keynote speaker: Prof David Andrew, WSOA
THEORY @ ALL SCALES – The theory that binds our teaching together and equips students to solve problems at many different scales.
Keynote speaker: Prof Mark DeKay, University of Tenessee
COMMUNITY @ 1:MANY – Preparing students for community engagement to create a real difference at the urban scale. (Focus: teaching postgraduate students)
Keynote speaker: Prof Baerbel Mueller, University of Applied Arts Vienna
There will also be a choice of workshops, poster presentations and the AEF members’ meeting to define future agendas. The peer-reviewed papers will be published in the Journal of the South African Institute of Architects.
The symposium will be hosted on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on 3 & 4 September, with lunches and teas provided. On the Saturday morning, the AEF sessions will be a parallel option for the last day of the AZA congress http://architectureza.org/. The programme will end in the late afternoon on the 4th, with the option of a shuttle to the Gautrain station. The academic programme is sponsored by a Teaching Development Grant from the SA Department of Higher Education and Training and registration for the symposium is free. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements.
For any further inquiries, contact ArchiEdForum@gmail.com