As part of the yearly Datum: KL conference, the inaugural Datum: EDU conference was a one-day event that seeked to explore the different methods of pedagogical approaches and formats of institutions and academies across the region and internationally. How does architectural education keep track with the changes in our contexts and circumstances to remain relevant in an age of the contingent. Delegates from South East Asia (ASEAN region), Malaysia and internationally gathered to meet, network and discuss current issues on architectural education and its direction. The DATUM: EDU event was held on 4 July 2O18 from 9 am to 6 pm at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Both our Executive Director and Deputy Director were presenters during the event.
As part of the keynote, our Executive Director Associate Professor Dr Syed Ahmad Iskandar Syed Ariffin presented on Council of Accreditation and Architectural Education Malaysia (CAAEM) together with Ar. Mustapha Mohd Salleh.
ISI Deputy Director, Associate Professor Dr Khairul Anwar Mohamed Khaidzir, also presented his paper, 'Design Studio at a crossroads in the Digital Age: Critical challenges to learning, inquiry and practice'. Keen interest and experience in research have encouraged him to explore critical developments concerning the learning, processes, cognitive, computational and socio-technical dimensions of design. This coincided with his appointment as the Head of The Design Processes, Practice and Management (DPROM) Research Unit based at the Faculty of Built Environment (UTM) as well a stint as a Research Fellow at KALAM (Centre for the Study of Built Environment in the Malay World). He has been a lecturer and Architectural design studio master at the undergraduate level since 1999, as well as leading Masters design studio units for the Department of Architecture (UTM). He had also served as the Head of the Architectural Programme at UTM in 2009-2011 and is currently a LAM Panel member for Validation and Accreditation visits to Architectural Schools, both locally and overseas.