This course aims to provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively on school-related events and publications, with the aim of developing critical and curatorial skills in the discourse of architecture. Students are expected to organise events and publish books of academic quality as their deliverables. The course will enable the students and faculty of DOA to document, publish, and share the knowledge generated by creative design and research works in the course of their architectural education. While such knowledge and lessons learned are often not shared, even among people in the school; as a result, silos of expertise are created, with little or no contribution to the accumulated experience and knowledge of the school and academia at large. Without proper documentation and sharing opportunities, such learning experiences are merely lost.
For the advancement of the school and architectural industry, we need to develop its knowledge based on the lessons already learned from preceding experience in design and research. The course aims to further facilitate the development of architectural culture, community, and the ecosystem of architectural discourse in Singapore. NUS are already drivers of creativity in the region in architecture and urban design. The course will thrive and contribute to the recognition of NUS as a regional and international hub of architectural education, culture and discourse to further cultivate this excellence and project it globally for the coming age in Asia.
We will focus on the production of school-related publications and the year-book of DOA, which is a compilation of the work of students and faculty in the latest academic year. However, the course engages the production of publications differently, by not merely documenting the end results, but having students actively uncover the process of learning through interviews and through attending design presentations, lectures, and exhibitions, in order for the students to harvest knowledge and share the lessons learned.
The course provides a more structured and organised way to guide student and department efforts in organising and documenting the didactic form of architectural education in guest lectures, exhibitions, and publications, which are in fact the active part of architectural education but are often considered rather extracurricular, and hence not credited and documented properly. This course will facilitate ongoing lectures, exhibitions, and publications, enabling students and faculty to work collaboratively to nurture the culture of architecture in school. Moreover, the strength of this course is that the exchange of culture and knowledge go beyond just university, it promotes collaboration with industry partners and other architecture schools around the globe.