Education Quality Achievement

In January 2016, after some clarifications on the submission of Application of Candidacy Status for the Department of Architecture UII, KAAB finally granted the status of “Candidate”, which lead to the submission of this APR. However, the final note that accompanies the letter of acceptance suggests that UII needs to make a better explanation regarding the management of Professional Studio within the Professional Program for Architects (PPAr). Therefore, this chapter explains the progress of achievement in response to KAAB’s concerns on the management of Professional Studio 1 and 2. In addition it also describes other issues related to the changing of policies that affect both the undergraduate and PPAr programs.

The implementation of “in campus” studio for PPAr

As indicated in the UII’s application for Candidacy Status, Professional Studio 1 and 2 within the PPAr are conducted “off campus”. This method is a result of negotiations between UII and IAI (Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia – Indonesian Institute of Architects) of Yogyakarta Branch, prior to the commencement of PPAr because UII wanted its PPAr graduates to be granted the status of “Arsitek Muda” (Junior Architect). The process of professional certification is further described in Chapter 3. In response to the need of quality assurance in the studio supervision process, the management has decided to move the venue of Professional Studio 2 “in campus”. As a result, the Department of Architecture has set up an additional studio facility to accommodate the activities of Professional Studio 2, which has been running since this semester, beginning in March 2016.

The moving of Professional Studio 2 in campus does not change the basic concept of Professional Studio delivery, i.e., incorporating the real architectural project into studio exercises. Within the Professional Studio 2 students are required to work on projects delivered by architects. In other words, the management of PPAr has made some agreements with its partnering architects to bring their work into the studio to be done by students. By this methods, the supervision of students is conducted under the same nature as any other in campus studio, i.e., Architectural Design Studio 1 to 7 within the first 4 years of study (see Chapter 4), except that the projects assigned to the students are real. In other words, the supervision by project’s owner remains in effect. Students are required to consult periodically the progress of their accomplishment.

The exercise of “in-campus and off-campus studios” in this Department is not unique. A report of  Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA) suggests that despite architecture schools in the United States and Canada must meet similar accreditation criteria, the programs are remarkably different especially in the attempt to introduce an ‘integrated’ professional experience’ in the education, i.e., a required co-op internship or off-campus experiences. Prior to the establishment of 4 + 1 program at UII about three years ago, the off campus internship was integrated with the 4 years curriculum of 2008 and before. However, since the modification of the curriculum in 2013 that led to the establishment of the 4+1 program (undergraduate plus PPAr), the previous co-op internship program was replaced by Professional Studio in the PPAr.

Adjusted structure of the PPAr

The introduction of “in campus” Professional Studio 2 has led to the adjustment of curriculum structure. Figure 2.1 shows the pre-2016 structure where both Professional Studio 1 and 2 were conducted off campus. The problem occurs in the second semester where Elective 2 has to be taken at the same time with Advanced Architectural Theory (AAT), because students have to wait until the end of the “off campus” Professional Studio. However, the starting time of AAT overlaps with half time of the “off campus” Professional Studio, which makes the proper supervision difficult to conduct because the students are not always available in campus. The structure depicted in Figure below also shows that there are only two elective courses offered. The students thus have no choices because taking two electives is mandatory.

 

Figure Pre-2016 structure of PPAr curriculum

In order to overcome such a problem, the “in campus” Professional Studio 2 has been introduced (see Figure below). This mode of delivery allows students to have a more controlled time in the studio than that of the previous structure (Figure above), because the mode of learning is the same as the previous studio learning they experienced during their first 4 years, i.e., Architectural Design Studio 1 to 7. In other words, the Elective 2 can be taken at the same time with Professional Studio 2, yet they can start the Advanced Architectural Theory before they fully complete the Professional Studio 2. In addition, the number of electives offered has been increased to 4, which gives more options and flexibility to the students to choose the electives according to their interests.

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Figure The current structure  of PPAr curriculum

Competence assessment for the granting of architect’s certificate

As discussed in Chapter 3, prior to the granting of certificate as “Arsitek Muda” (First Degree Architect) at the end of the PPAr, the students must attend an event called “Preliminary Verification and Validation”, which is intended to assure the quality of Professional Studio products before the are examined by LPJK (Lembaga Pengembangan Jasa Konstruksi – Agency of Construction Services Development). In previous years, this process was separated from the PPAr because by default, the granting of certificate is not part of university’s responsibility. However, starting this year (2016), the PPAr management has set up an agreement with both IAI (Institute of Architect Indonesia) and LPJK to integrate the process into PPAr. Figure 2.3 shows the flow of Competence Assessment, which ends with the granting of certificate. Further details on the process of certificate will be discussed in Chapter 3.

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Figure The flow of Certificate Granting (Note: IAI = Indonesian Architects Institute; LPJK = Agency of Construction Services Development)

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