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Changing Trends in Architectural Design Education: Sharing Experiences and Building Partnerships across the Mediterranean Rim

14-16 November, 2006        Rabat, Morocco

The First International Conference of the Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR)

Organized by:

The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region

In Collaboration with

National School of Architecture, Rabat, Morocco

Sponsored by:

Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Gerhard Schmitt, Vice President Planning and Logistics, Professor for Information Architecture, ETH Zürich

Prof. Thomas Regan, Dean of the College of Architecture, Texas A&M University


Since its inception in the nineteenth century, the design studio has remained at the core of architectural design education. In spite of tremendous changes in epistemology, academe and architectural practice, the traditional studio-based pedagogy has not changed substantially.

Traditional architectural design education has been based on the historical models of the Beaux-Arts and the Bauhaus. The architectural design studio has remained fairly stable for more than a century. Although traditional design studio has come under considerable criticism, changes in studio culture during this period have been very limited, and thus have gone largely unnoticed by the professional community.

During the last three decades or so there has been a substantial shift in architectural design education. These changes have manifested in an increased criticism of the traditional design education; attempts to reconsider/rethink the basic assumptions, theories and practices of traditional design education; and calls for major changes in studio culture. The drivers of this change include epistemological, social, and economical forces among which are new knowledge and technological developments; increased use of computers and information technology in design education and practice; pressure on institutions of higher education to reduce space use; and changing student demographics. The intensive application of computers and information technology in architectural design education, for instance, has brought fundamental changes to design studio practices. The introduction of the paperless studio, the e-studio, and the virtual design studio has resulted in a major shift in perspective, and a reorientation in theoretical and conceptual assumptions considered to be central to the prevailing paradigm, thus putting strain on its adequacy.

The theme of the conference is "Changing Trends in Architectural Design Education." This captures the role of the conference as a forum to examine and debate various transformations occurring in architectural design education, and to reconsider our traditional understanding of design studio and design education in general. The conference aims to provide the participants an occasion to share and exchange experiences and research findings, and to stimulate more ideas and useful insights regarding contemporary design education. Although one of the aims of the conference is to promote learning from regional experiences and to build partnerships among interested scholars and institutions around and across the Mediterranean, the conference welcomes papers from scholars beyond the region.

Topics of Interest

We invite participants to submit papers in all areas related to design education, and particularly work addressing paradigm shifts in design education. Papers may reflect on a wide spectrum of design disciplines such as architectural, landscape, interior, and urban design. The conference is structured around a number of themes that include:

  - Design Studio Pedagogy
  - Digital Technology in Architectural Design Education
  - Curriculum Development  

Each theme is conceived in terms of a number of topics which include -but are not limited to:

Design Studio Pedagogy

- Analysis of Traditional Approaches to Architectural Education.
- Studio Teaching/Learning Styles
- Variations in Studio Practices  
- Critical Review of Traditional Studio Models  
- Critical Review of Juries and Design Reviews  
- Creativity and Critical Thinking in Design Teaching  
- Nature of Design Program
- Alternative Ways for Teaching and Learning Design  
- Research-Based Studio Pedagogy  
- The Studio as a Service Learning  
- Design-build Studio  

Digital Technology in Architectural Design Education

- Virtualization of Design Education .
- Digital Design Methods and Pedagogies .
- Future Architecture with Digital Design  
- Web-Based Design  
- Computer-Mediated Collaborative Design  
- Virtual Reality and Design Education  
- Virtual Design Studio
- Paperless Studio  
- Digital Studio/E-Studio  
- Design Support Environments  

Curriculum Development

- Globalization and Design Education
- Updating Existing Curricula
- Establishing New Curricula  
- Impacts of Other Disciplines on Curriculum Structure  
- Program Assessment Processes  
- Validation and Accreditation of Architecture Programs  
- Meeting Demands on Specializations

Key Dates

Deadline for abstracts February 10, 2006
Full paper submission April 10, 2006
Notification of acceptance May 30, 2006
Deadline for final papers July 30, 2006

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission must be in English with about 1000 words. Full paper submission could be either in English or Arabic. Abstract and full paper submissions should be sent in MS Word or PDF document format. Abstracts should be e-mailed to conference Chair().
Full paper submissions are required to be done online at the conference Website.  

Full Paper Submission

  • For full paper format and submission guidelines, click here.

  • On-line  paper submersion system is now working.  to submit your full paper for blind review click here. .   

Conference Fees and Registration 

The CSAAR 2006 registration is now open.  Authors are invited to complete the registration process before August 15th, 2006. Deadline for sending registration fees is October 15th. Failing to send the registration fees on or before this date will result in excluding the paper from the proceedings. Click here for online registration.   

Conference Proceeding

All papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be available to delegates at the time of registration.  

Location & Accommodation

Information regarding location, accommodation and travel information is now available. Click here

Conference Program

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Conference Chairs

Jamal Al-Qawasmi, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia

Guillermo V. de Velasco, Texas A&M University, USA

Conference Coordinator

Larbi Bouayad, National School of Architecture, Morocco

Khalid El Harrouni, National School of Architecture, Morocco  


Conference Scientific Committee

Akhtar Chauhan

Rizvi College of Architecture , India

Alan Bridges

University of Strathclyde, UK

Ali Alraouf

University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Ali Arshad

University of Seoul, Korea

Andrew Roberts

Cardiff University, UK

Ashraf Salama

KFUPM, Saudi Arabia

Barbara Jekot

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Barbara Jekot

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Barbara Ambach

University of Colorado at Denver, USA

Belblida Salim

School of Architecture of Nancy, France

Ellen Yi-Luen Do

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

George Arbid

American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Gerhard Schmitt

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Gilles Halin

National School of Nancy, France

Henri Achten

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Hisham Elkadi

University of Ulster. UK

Howayda Al-Harithy

American University of Beirut. Lebanon

Jeremy Till

University of Sheffield, UK

Johan Verbeke

W&K, School of Architecture Sint-Lucas, Belgium

John Danahy

University of Toronto, Canada

John Habraken

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Jose P. Duarte

Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal

Julio Bermudez

University of Utah, USA

Kevin Mitchell

American University of Sharjah, UAEt

Khaled Asfour

Misr International University, Egypt

Laura Lee

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Magda Sibley

University of Liverpool, UK

Marc Aurel Schnabel

University of Sydney, Australia

Mashary Al-Naim

King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Chaoui

National School of Architecture, Morocco

Naima Chabbi-Chemrouk

National School of Architecture, Algeria

Omar Khattab

Kuwait University, Kuwait

Richard Foqué

Higher Institute of Architecture, Belgium

Rula Awwad_Refferty

University of Idaho, USA

Selahattin Onur

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Saleh Uddin

University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

Sameh El Kharbawy

University of North Carolina, USA

Samia Rab

American University of Sharjah, UAE

Salim Elwazani

Bowling Green State University, USA

Tadeja Zupancic

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Thomas Dutton

Miami University, USA

Wolfgang Dokonal

Graz University of Technology, Austria