Technology and Architecture Education in Uganda

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    Olweny, Mark
    2006 Conference Papers
    The Education of Future Architects


ABSTRACT: Architecture education is a relatively new undertaking in Uganda. Despite this
opportunity to develop an updated curriculum and pedagogy, an old paradigm continues to persist;
isolating the teaching of architectural technology from ‘main stream’ design studios. The consequential
inability by graduates to link architectural design and architectural technology in design is evident
throughout Uganda, often with disastrous outcomes.

This paper discusses the implementation of integrated design studios in the architecture programme at
the Uganda Martyrs University. Using a Project-Based Learning approach, these studios sought to
introduce architecture technology as an integral part of the design studio, enabling students to build a
holistic view of their designs. Two studios are the focus of this paper, Architecture Studio I, the first
studio in the Bachelor of Architecture graduate programme which had a fully integrated studio, and
Design Studio III, a second year studio in the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Building Design
and Technology.

The outcomes of the studios suggest students are better able to understand and apply technology in
their projects and derive meaningful design outcomes if they are presented with the information as
related to the design project, rather than as secondary information are given in support courses.

Students will come to care about the constructed world only if academic staff can show them why this is worthwhile.
Simply telling students to think about and experience the built realm differently (or to have them arrive at this
through abstract design exercises) will have little long-term effect – as the contemporary constructed environment
all too often confirms. (Coleman, 2003:353)


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