This paper is based upon data collected for the first comprehensive study of architectural education in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. It discusses one of the key issues raised by academics engaged in architectural programs at Australasian universities; namely, the perceived lack of student motivation and participation. A clear trend in staff responses to the study was that academics view students‟ engagement in education in a negative light; students apparently give greater priority to paid work than to their education and, as a result of this, are regularly absent from classes and contribute to a diminished studio culture. Academics believe that instead of being motivated by the prospect of learning, students are driven by consumer culture; education has become a commodity from which students expect a certain level of customer satisfaction though without an associated level of commitment. The paper considers the impact these changes may have on architectural education and places them in relation to broader social and cultural context.
All Ireland Symposium on Built Environment Education (AISBEE). Proceedings of the All Ireland Symposium on Built Environment Education (Belfast, Ireland 22 January, 2010 )