CU Students Learn the Importance of the Production Process Embedded in Working Drawings
The guest speaker at the Town & Gown interaction hosted by the Department of Architecture on Thursday November 6, 2015, urged the students to be creative about their designs, rather than the production process. In his presentation titled, “Production Standard for Architectural Working Drawings,” the LEED Accredited Professional, Architect Ola Banwo, further encouraged the students to adhere to the established system in order to produce an effective working drawing that details a sound production process.
The Head of Department, Dr Offia Ibem, in his opening remarks, reflected on the positive results of previous Town & Gown interactions, highlighting that the essence of the interaction is to enable the University to touch base with current practice. Dr Ibem commented that many times students create designs without knowing how they will be built. He assured the gathering that they would gain exposure to the latest trends in the production of working drawings, through the interaction.
Architect Banwo opened his presentation by informing students that creating designs is not all about being fancy. “Complex things must be broken down so that the people putting your design together can identify all the requirements. The information must be in the proper order for this to happen,” he remarked.
He encouraged the students to adopt a disciplined approach to their working drawings, emphasising that adherence to the system of drawing is of utmost importance. Architect Banwo, who has travelled extensively, and completed many high profile design jobs across the world, identified one of the key factors preventing African architects from excelling on the international stage, has been their failure to work together. “We must have a system in place in order to come together,” he emphasised.
Architect Banwo shared his professional journey, stating that he wasn’t trained on a system. It was something he learned when he worked abroad. He emphasised the importance of knowing a system advising, “Once you get to know a system, be a slave to it.”
Architect Banwo outlined a number of things architecture students would need to know in order to excel in their field. “Firstly, you must know how to draw and secondly, you must know what to draw.” He explained to the students that their knowledge of what to draw would grow over time and as they gain exposure to different examples of design.
The third thing he encouraged students to know was how to coordinate with other designers, for example: electrical engineers, structural engineers, acoustic designers and interior designers. He reminded students that the quality of their architecture would also depend on who much they know about these other aspects of the design. He assured them that systems are not the enemy of architecture but are an essential part of packaging and unifying the various aspects of a design.
The fourth aspect Architect Banwo shared was the importance of having a project delivery plan. He told students that they need to do more thinking rather than doing, suggesting a variety of ways in which they could do this. He highlighted the importance of drawing to meet the design specifications and the governing body, telling students to digest the “Nigerian Building Code.”
In his closing remarks, the Head of Department expressed his gratitude to the speaker stating that the presentation opened up a whole new dimension to working drawings. He echoed the sentiment of Architect Banwo that creativity ends at the design as working drawing must follow standards.
Also in attendance were other members of the Department of Architecture and a member of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.