Integrating sustainability within architectural education in Cairo

El-Feki, S and Kenawy, I ORCID: 2018, 'Integrating sustainability within architectural education in Cairo' , Resourceedings, 1 (1) .

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Architectural education has great potential to move the entire industry towards sustainability within buildings and cities. Having the fundamental knowledge to apply the sustainable strategies can help in solving different environmental challenges being faced today. Sustainability is then recognized as a core topic in architecture and to reflect this recognition, it is crucial to integrate it into the architectural education curriculum. Many approaches are used to introduce the concept of sustainability into the architectural programs ranging from integrating the concept into existing modules to adding new modules that are entirely dedicated towards this subject. The design studio is the most dominant module in architectural education having the highest credit hours per week, and being a pool within which all subjects dissolve. The studio is characterized by creating a unique learning environment modeled around a problem-solving practice. Introducing sustainability into design studio was then found to be a key potential that enables graduate architects to make sustainable decisions within their design process rather than handling it separately. Realizing that potential; architectural educational institutions used different approaches in order to include sustainability within their curricula.

This paper sheds lights on the education of sustainability within the architectural curricula in a number of Egyptian universities. It discusses the teaching and learning of sustainable design then, identifies and analyses different approaches used in integrating the concept of sustainability into the curriculum. Follows, a qualitative analysis takes place from a semi-structured interview conducted to practitioners and educators from various universities in order to stand on methods used to integrate sustainability into their architectural curricula. The findings are to develop recommendations that could help discovering the best practices that could enhance the learning experience for integrating sustainability in design studio modules.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Resourceedings
Publisher: IEREK Press
ISSN: 2537-0731
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Depositing User: Dr Inji Kenawy
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 12:51
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:52

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