To get an accreditation, an architecture school here in Australia will be closely monitored by the State Visiting Panel every year, and the National Visiting Panel every five years. I'm not too sure about the State Visiting Panel, but the NVP that came to RMIT today was a group of 10 people who represents 3 important architecture bodies in Australia ie Australian Institute of Australia, Australian Accreditation Council of Australia and Australia Registration Board of Victoria.
I've just attended the students meeting with NVP, and it seems that they are really taking the job seriously. They have met with the staff earlier, and they already have a comprehensive report from the staff members. Today was the day when they meet with a few students and ask questions about the whole learning experience in RMIT (facilities, design studios, major project, other subjects, the trajectory of different students in architecture, working space, assessment, etc). The discussion was very open and students were allowed to be critical in their thoughts. The outcome from this discussion would heavily inform the NVP's decision in giving accreditation to a school.
This regime pushes the architecture school to really take care of their students' academic welfare. They can even advocate any issues on behalf of the students, right up to the Vice Chancellor. I guess, where I'm getting at is that this whole system seems like a good way to bring architecture up to a high standard in Australia.
I wonder how its like back in Malaysia.
ps: 5 more weeks to go before presenting the so called capstone project for students.
3 more months before going
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