Role of the Architect Survey Report

This report is the deliverable of WP1.4; trends in the role of architects; and considered one of the four deliverables of the preparation phase (WP1). Worldwide, the role of the architect has been shrinking. In Egypt, standardized designs led by real estate developers are built following narrow definitions of function, restricting innovation, hardly sensitive to city dynamics, and blind to contextual factors not only in the ambient environmental sense, but in its socio-physical entirety. Similar phenomena manifest themselves in different parts of the world as well. It discusses the dilemma of defining the role of the architect and its changes over time focusing on the urban challenges facing the architect as well as the interlinkages between other disciplines. The report also discusses the linkages between the university and real practice with an attempt to define the main qualifications that a fresh graduate should have. Finally, it ends with a list of recommendations that will feed into the development of the following WPs and the overall objectives and the vision of the 5-year program as well as the life-long module.

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Architecture Programs Survey Report

This report is the deliverable of WP1.1; Architecture programs survey; and considered one of the four deliverables of the preparation phase (WP1). It focuses on exploring the architecture education undergraduate programs worldwide (EU, USA and EG) that include integrative, people-centered, and multidisciplinary traits to identify the most needed and useful courses, learning methods and learning material to guide the development of the new program, graduates required qualifications and teaching methodologies. The report also includes the national requirements in Egypt for architect and urban planning graduate qualifications.

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Architecture Gap Analysis Survey Report

This report is the deliverable of WP1.3; Architecture education gap analysis in EG and EU; and considered one of the four deliverables of the preparation phase (WP1). It focuses on the actual status of the architecture education, in addition to a survey of practitioners’ assessment of the current graduates in EG as to their capability to address professional demands and contemporary built environment challenges. Triangulation of different data sources helped feeding into a qualitative gap analysis between the current status and the real needs and requirements, identifying the main deficiencies, missing qualifications and essential qualities that should be in most graduates as well as identifying how the new architecture program shall be outlined and shall facilitate the design of effective Intended Learning Outcomes.

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Integration Workshops Survey Reports

This report is the deliverable of WP2.3 ‘Integration Workshops’ under WP2 ‘Development of Program Structure’. It includes the documentation and outcomes of the FIRST Integration Workshop that was held in Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria in Egypt on two days; February 19thand 20th2018. The main aim of the integration workshop is to ensure the integration of the human dimension in all thematic modules; to bring people back in the centre, to verify the smooth hand-over between the different courses, and the integration of all courses into design studios. The workshop serves tobridging the gap between theory and practice, between research and creative thinking, between disciplines such as engineering sciences, social sciences, and arts, and between the different specializations within the profession in order to achieve the multidisciplinary integrative nature of the program. It also serves to align the mindsets of all participating partners as to the overarching integrative, people-centered, multidisciplinary approach, to discuss how the partners who are responsible for feeding into other partner’s work packages can integrate their work into one module, and how each module would interrelate with other modules leading to the overall agreed upon synergy.

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ICT in Architecture Survey Report

Building upon the advances that ICT offers, a crucial means not only for better visualization, but also for analysis, problem solving, and eventually for establishing an innovative shared learning environment in the actual and virtual world. This report is the deliverable of WP1.2; tools, equipment and ICT solutions; and considered one of the four deliverables of the preparation phase (WP1). It focuses on the equipment and tools that are most needed and useful for, 3-D visualization, documentation, analysis and integration to be utilised in understanding and defining design problems, formulating design objectives, design thinking, communication and evaluation of design solutions. Exploring the maximum utilization of the Virtual Reality Theatre and VR studios, as well as potentials of 3D laser scanning of existing buildings and urban settings. This report provides information and ideas to build upon to be able to introduce innovative tools in order to heighten the achievements of the education process.

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