Developing excellent architectural education for best practices in Libya
Keywords:Architectural education, best practice, design practice, digital technology, Framework for Excellence, higher education curriculum, Libya
During the last decade there has been a rapid transition to digitisation in the construction sector across interconnected project stages, including design, construction, and operation. The research described in this paper aims to establish pathways to develop an excellent architectural education in Libya, in regard to relevant concerns on restructuring the curriculum to bridge the gap between educational output and professional requirements. An extensive literature review is adopted at the initial stage of the described research in order to establish a comprehensive understanding of architectural education in Libya. The findings from a preliminary literature review indicate that the absence of appropriate plans and obsolete curricula are critical issues in the current provision and further development of architectural education in Libya, and it is important for the continuous improvement of a nationwide architectural education curriculum that can strongly support students to develop relevant knowledge and skills to be prepared for their professional careers in helping to rebuild the country. In addition, it is crucial to establish a comprehensive architectural education programme at undergraduate level by adopting advanced digital technologies and enhancing collaborative learning for students to develop their competence with the appropriate body of knowledge and skills, which are important for their future careers and to increase architects' contribution to the development of economy, society, and the culture in Libya. It is expected that the described research can make a good contribution for professional practice enhancement in undergraduate architectural education in Libya, and to inform academics around the world with regard to the latest research and development for the best architectural education practice in Libya.
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