The President of the Ghana Institute of Architects, Arch. Foster Osae-Akunnor, has called on tertiary institutions training Architects and allied programmes to ensure that teaching and learning are complemented with practical lessons. This is because the study of Architecture requires a blend of professional touch, classroom work and the requisite training tools for a proper grasp of the craft.
Arch. Osae-Akunnor said this during an interaction with the Management of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development (UESD) led by its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eric Nyarko-Sampson when he paid a working visit to the University.
The visit was in connection with the introduction of the University’s new Programme, BSc. Architecture and Sustainable Design.
He expressed concern about the current trends in employment and how jobs are offered on grounds of affiliation other than merit which impact on quality of work
The celebrated Architect noted that the unemployment challenges will continue to widen until there is a renewal of mind. He was confident the introduction of UESD’s BSc. the Architecture and Sustainable Design Programme will produce Architects with a sustainability mindset.
In response, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eric expressed excitement about the visit and revealed that UESD is poised to introduce BSc. Architecture and Sustainable Design which ensures that the concept of sustainability is fully woven into the curriculum.
He therefore pledged to work closely with the Ghana Institute of Architects and other relevant bodies to ensure that UESD grows as the University of choice in terms of Sustainable Architecture which guarantees human survival.
The Vice-Chancellor also promised to support the Department of Built Environment to function effectively. He appealed to industries, Civil Society and NGOs to support the University in its preparation to start the programme.
The President of the Ghana Institute of Architects also had a meeting with faculty at the Department of Built Environment headed by Dr. Dominic Boyetey, to discuss the BSc. Architecture and Sustainable Design Programme.
He said, the courses will include Rural and Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Design of Special Buildings, High Rise Buildings, Reinforced Concrete Design and Environmental Psychology.
Arch. Osae-Akunnor explained that the courses are uniquely introduced into UESD’s Sustainable Architecture programme to give it a practical touch.
He pledged to provide the necessary direction required to ensure that the UESD’s BSc. Architecture and Sustainable Design Programme is well-fashioned. Arch. Osae-Akunnor was later taken on a tour around campus.