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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Pioneering Architecture programme concludes

PIONEERS:Some of the graduates and students who participated in the Open Architecture – Cape Peninsula University of Technology (OA-CPUT) collaboration on the BTech: Architectural Technology PIONEERS:Some of the graduates and students who participated in the Open Architecture – Cape Peninsula University of Technology (OA-CPUT) collaboration on the BTech: Architectural Technology

After six years, five cohorts and graduating 79 students, a pioneering Architecture programme, which was developed to transform the industry, has successfully concluded.

The Open Architecture – Cape Peninsula University of Technology (OA-CPUT) collaboration on the BTech: Architectural Technology course was a first of its kind in Africa, and is one of only six programmes worldwide (including the USA, Canada, Africa and Australia) to offer architectural design education online.

The innovative blended learning model enabled working students to do studio-based learning in an online environment with the support of office-based mentors, lecturers and student peers, with occasional scheduled on-campus block sessions.

Online critique sessions often continued despite the challenges of load shedding and venue challenges during the fees crisis.

Department of Architectural Technology & Interior Design Senior Lecturer Jolanda Morkel praised the dedication of the students and staff involved.

“This programme is a testimony of passion, dedication and perseverance of people. A group of people believed in making the impossible possible. This marks the culmination of a decade’s work from CPUT’s side,” said Morkel.

Open Architecture Programme Director, Prof Lone Poulsen, said the programme was trailblazing in that it attempted to transform the Architecture industry in a digitally savvy way that accommodated diverse student needs, and that it has helped shift the mindset that architectural learning can only happen in a physical studio.

CPUT is currently phasing out the BTech Architectural Technology degree in accordance with the new HEQSF structure. In 2020 this alternative model will become the norm, with the implementation of a new two-year blended Advanced Diploma, drawing on the lessons learnt. Contact Thandiswa Madadasana at madadasanat@cput.ac.za for more information on studying Architectural Technology.

Written by CPUT News

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