The Gap between Architecture Education and Architectural Profession in Iran

Title:

The Gap between Architecture Education and Architectural Profession in Iran

Authors: Saba Hejazi (Art University of Isfahan);
Minoo Shafaei (Art University of Isfahan).
Issue: Vol 10, No 2 (2021)
Pages: 1-12
Section: Research Paper
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7492/IJAEC.2021.008
Citation: Saba Hejazi and Minoo Shafaei (2021). "The Gap between Architecture Education and Architectural Profession in Iran." International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 10(2), 1-12.
Publisher: International Association for Sustainable Development and Management (IASDM)
Abstract: Many graduates of architecture attracted to the job market find a profound gap between what they have learned in college and what is being done in their profession in Iran. In this paper, the educational problems that make architecture graduates inefficient in the job market in Iran are identified. Then solutions are offered to reduce the gap. The study includes two phases. In the first phase, pre-designed questionnaires were prepared and given to different categories of architects inside and outside the universities to identify the reasons and problems. After analyzing the obtained data, another type of questionnaire based on the findings of the first phase was given to architectural experts to provide solutions. The research findings suggest that in order to bring architecture education closer to the architectural profession, a number of strategies should be adopted in university education. These strategies are changing the method of recruitment of architectural faculty members, changing the method of architectural student admission, use of participatory education, transforming architecture schools into social schools, the establishment of non-governmental organizations, linking faculties of architecture with architectural offices, revision of undergraduate curriculum of architecture, and identifying the approach of architectural universities. The corrective actions suggested above will provide an enhanced framework for more effective architecture education in the university and more efficient architecture graduates in the job market.
Keywords: Architecture, education, profession, non-governmental organization, social school, professional ethics
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