CUD’s FAID hosts first Architectural Education Day event

Thursday, June 24, 2021:The Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design (FAID) has initiated a series of Architectural Education Days at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) as a part of our strategy to further develop and improve the quality of education we offer.

These events invite academics from different educational environments to present their teaching and pedagogical practices. The purpose is to exchange ideas, approaches, and experiences regarding the education of future architects with the CUD staff and other participants. The first event of the series took place on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Dr. Constantin Victor Spiridonidis, Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design, Canadian University Dubai, said: “The theme of the first Architectural Education Day was entitled architectural design pedagogy entanglements and was focused on the teaching of architectural design studio from its beginnings to the final stages of architectural studies. The mission of the design studio, which is the core of architectural education, is to creatively amalgamate all subject areas comprising the contents of architectural curricula.”

The speakers who presented their work were: Prof. Dr. Maria Vogiatzaki, Deputy Head of School of Architecture and Planning, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom, As. Prof. Dr. Theodora Vardouli, School of Architecture, McGill University, Canada, Arch. Emmanuil Zaroukas, Architect/Researcher/Visiting Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, United Kingdom.

Describing the experience, Prof. Dr. Maria Vogiatzaki said: “I had the pleasure of sharing my views on the studio education of tomorrow's architects, both with my fellow speakers, as well as with FAID CUD staff. The questions posed stimulated a topical and meaningful debate. It was delightful and reassuring that despite cultural, geopolitical, and other differences we share the same concerns because of our eagerness to revise our pedagogical positions as a way of being reflective of the current crises the world is encountering.”

The Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design at CUD provides students with the knowledge and tools necessary to become change makers within the industry. The unique studio experience is central to the teaching model and challenges students to translate the classroom experience into practice through innovative design and entrepreneurial ideas. With the fast-paced evolution of architecture, interior design, and sustainability, students are encouraged to critically analyze situations and develop unique design solutions, while acknowledging the human relationship to plan and design with empathy and responsibility.