Rio de Janeiro

In Quest for Quality in Architectural Education

1st Wokshop
Rio de Janeiro, March 1-3, 2012, 
Federal University of Rio De Janeiro, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design

The first Workshop of the Archi-Mundus project will have the title 'In Quest for Quality in Architectural Education"and will take place in Rio de Janeiro, hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design of the Federal
University of Rio De Janeiro. In the strong internationalisation dynamics of our era, architecture as spatial manifestation of our life is nowadays experiencing a radical worldwide transformation and redefinition of its referential values, principles and conceptions. The profile of the contemporary architect is not any more an agreed one and its re-definition constitutes a central issue of all local and international professional associations, educational institutions and governmental bodies. Architectural education in this extremely fast changing and growing mobility world becomes a critical international issue. Schools of architecture have to approach this issue collectively and develop a creative environment of an effective academic dialogue, for this purpose, which will permit us to understand the others better and consequently to understand ourselves better. The (re)definition of the quality of education is a purely academic issue. It is under the responsibility of higher education institutions to define and to develop collectively. In the case of architectural education it is the responsibility of the higher architectural education institutions to define what is quality in architectural education in our even more internationalised and fast changing world and under which conditions and measures we can assure it. This is why the dialogue between different architectural education environments is fundamental to assuring the necessary bridges and roads for the exchange of ideas, information and educational attitudes and cultures, about quality and quality assurance for an architectural education addressed to an internationalised architectural professional practice. In the internationalised economy of our times, the competition of markets is directly translated into competition of competences corresponding to the degrees delivered by schools in architecture. This is why the question of quality remains in the centre of the strategic planning of the schools of architecture. This is why schools of architecture
today imperatively want to know about the quality of education offered by their ‘competitors’. This is why the question of quality has to be investigated collectively in order to assure better results in their responsibility to educate
architects.
Archi-Mundus Project gives us the oposrtunity to work collectively in order to develop a quality culture in architectural education worldwide, which will be based upon broader agreements on values, priorities, principles and means, which will give the possibility to this quality to be implemented and assured; To investigate the impact of this quality culture on the structure and restructuring of architectural curricula in our schools of architecture; To investigate the impact of this culture to the teaching approaches, the pedagogies implemented and the educational strategies to be applied in order to assure the expected quality; To develop reference points which will define the excellence and the benchmarks for all the competences (as learning outcomes) of the contemporary profile of the architect; To elaborate and redefine the set of competences which will represent the qualified profile of the architect of our fast changing world.

In this first event we will try to map the different conceptions of architectural education quality as they emerge through the different educational environments where the partners of this project are actually working.

List of Participants PDF
Agenda ES  EN
Preliminary Program PDF