CURRICULUM REFORM AND THE IMPACT OF ICT ON ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION CASE STUDY AT KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
Dr. Faisal A. Agabani
College of Archtecture and Planning –
King Saud University
Schools of Architecture all over are repeatedly required to find new strategies for integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into architectural education. Developments in ICT are so dynamic that in many cases the implementation gap becomes overwhelming. Bridging such a gap requires systematic efforts and cannot be achieved in one giant step. A way of organizing such effort is to setout
intermediate goals and long-term objectives This paper considers the case of King Saud
University College of Architecture and Planning, whereby a major reform of the curricula is underway, and proposes a number of specific ‘critical’ areas of
implementation of ICT to focus on as intermediate goals towards the long-term aim of joining the IT age. Since only intermediate goals are aimed for the strategy should
combine the benefits of the new technology with the established traditional methods and tools and view the technology not as an end in itself, rather as means of
overcoming difficulties with the educational process.
Keywords: Architectural design studio, Information Technology, Education.