Creativity beyond Design skills
In identifying the challenges of bridging the gap between the education of architecture and the application of the acquired skills in practice, students of the Department of Architecture have been charged to explore the creative ways of thinking and innovating flexible methodologies, rather than acquiring rigid theoretical knowledge.
This charge was made to the students at a Departmental Seminar held at the College of Science and Technology Conference Room by the guest speaker, Arch. Yinka Gbotosho. In his presentation titled “Bridging the Gap between Architectural Practice and Education: Imperatives for the Schools of Architecture in Nigeria”, he stated that creativity is a response to solving design problems; it is not acquired but innate.
In his words, “Creative impulse is an automatic response to requirements. Skills are a methodical approach to creating or solving design problems and this is what is taught in a design school. The ultimate is to be naturally creative and then to acquire skill along with it”.
In addition, Arch. Gbotosho said the level of preparedness goes a long way to determine the quality of the scholar that emerges at the conclusion of the course. He added that a budding student needed to be committed in architecture by developing a habit that would always look out for new developments in the field.
“Students need to be interested in everything that resembles architecture. Regular visits to architectural firms and sites will form a sign of commitment to inspire and to develop a habit of always looking out for new and exciting construction types and techniques,” he said.
Furthermore, he urged the students to put God first, stating that God is the master of all creative efforts and passionate attitude to work should be maintained because success is a process.
Arch. Gbotosho urged lecturers to be an inspiration to the students to get the students interested in the profession. He also added that proper exposure to the broad based nature of the profession is a must, ensuring the need to highlight the various specializations that are possible.
Concluding his presentation, he noted that the curriculum of the profession must be practice-based and must include a constructive engagement with Professional bodies.
“Interaction between the faculty and the professional bodies should be of prime importance, not only for accreditation but also for the professional bodies to see, influence and be influenced by the trends in cerebral development and pedagogy,” he said
The Head, Department of Architecture, Dr. Eziyi Ibem, said, “the importance of this Departmental Seminar is to bridge the gap between the classroom and the field and also to interact with seasoned practitioners in the field, giving more exposure to the students with an ability to think.”