Title
Architectural education and quality assurance in the european higher education area : design research as a plea for academic freedomArchitectural education and quality assurance in the european higher education area : design research as a plea for academic freedom
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Faculty of Design Sciences
Research group
Research Group for Urban Development
Henry van de Velde
Faculty of Design Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Eindhoven,
Subject
Chemistry
Biology
Engineering sciences. Technology
Art
Source (journal)
Open house international / Stichting Architecten Research [Eindhoven] - Eindhoven
Volume/pages
40(2015):2, p. 63-73
ISSN
0168-2601
ISI
000363092200009
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The authors reflect on the academic bachelor and master programs of architecture. From the perspective of higher education policy in Flanders, Belgium, they examine the intrinsic challenges of the academic educational setting, and the way architectural education can fit in and benefit from it, without losing its specific design oriented qualities. Therefore, they unravel the process of architectural design research, as a discipline-authentic way of knowledge production, leading to the identification of a number of implicit features of an academic architectural learning environment. The disquisition is based on educational arguments pointed out by literature and theory. Furthermore, the authors analyze whether this learning environment can comply with general standards of external quality assurance and accreditation systems. Doing so, they reveal the Achilles' heel of architectural education: the incompatibility of the design jury with formalized assessment frameworks. Finally, the authors conclude with an advocacy for academic freedom. To assure the quality of academic architectural programs, it is necessary that universities maintain a critical attitude towards standardized policy frameworks.
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