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Title: THE ROLE OF ARCHITECTURAL INTERNSHIPS: A CRITICAL STUDY OF INTERNSHIPS AT FIELDOFFICE ARCHITECTS
Authors: WEE YU JING DIONE
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
DTS
Master (Architecture)
Cheah Kok Ming
2016/2017 Aki DTS
Architectural Internship
Architecture Education
Architecture Practice
Role of intern
Issue Date: 9-Jan-2017
Citation: WEE YU JING DIONE (2017-01-09). THE ROLE OF ARCHITECTURAL INTERNSHIPS: A CRITICAL STUDY OF INTERNSHIPS AT FIELDOFFICE ARCHITECTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The debate on the gap between architectural education and practice has been an ongoing one since the formalisation of architectural training. As the institutions lean towards a more theory-based education structure, the firm naturally assumed a place for practical training. Over the years, this has formed the concept of architectural internships. While there are schools who try to integrate both theory and practical knowledge into their curriculum, many still do not. This causes internships to be the solution to the lack of practical knowledge for most. Derived from architecture apprenticeships before a formalisation of architecture training, till today, there is no international standard nor structure for architecture internships. This breeds the ambiguity of the role of the internship within the architecture firm. Thus the aim of this paper is to examine the possible role of the internship and its impacts on an architecture firm and how both the intern and the firm can benefit from the internship through the perspective of an intern. This paper is a critical case study on the internship experience at Fieldoffice Architects. This is a unique set-up where it facilitates education within an architectural practice setting. At the same time, the role of the intern in Fieldoffice is that of a significant one, yet at the same time, the quality and standards of the projects are maintained at a certain quality. This study further analyses the learning outcomes of a successful internship and establishes the importance of internships as a method of bridging the gap between architectural education and practice. The paper then concludes that since internships are essential as part of architectural education, it is necessary that there is collaboration between educators and practitioners to establish a proper internship structure and curriculum credits to ensure the practical training does not go astray.
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