DESIGNING DESIGN EDUCATION: SEEDING THOUGHTS
Hans was invited to participate as a speaker in the 3rd design educator forum organised by the Department of Architecture of the National University of Singapore.
Design education like its praxis is a projective cast into the future, with the ambition to prepare designers and architects to anticipate, improve and to reimagine tomorrow. The process of developing design education has been incremental, reactionary and a constant reference to its pedagogical traditions. And for design or architectural schools embedded in the universities, there are the obligations of negotiating and accommodating overarching agenda. All these influences with their nuances of conforming and compromising may suggest a transformation that has limited efficacy in addressing the future. In the growing age of rapid changes, we will be confronting with many more of their adversities and potentials, the imperative may be to require a total rethink or revolutionize new paradigms for teaching and learning design.
This forum is about a conversation on the design of design education, rethinking its pedagogy and redefining the attributes of a design and architectural graduate for tomorrow. The four speakers are all design educators but are diverse in their design practices and academic leadership roles. Their reflections over their achievements and experiences will help us identify the frontiers, issues and conundrums for thinking about the shaping of design education for making the future.
National Univerity of Singapore
23 April 2018