Open & Alternative Architectural Education: The Case of Open Architecture

The above video is an edited recording of the event below;


CPD Event - In Venue & Online
Title: Open & Alternative Architectural Education: the Case of Open Architecture

Date: Thursday, 09 June 2016

Time: 17:30 - 19:30 (online participants join at 17:15)

CPD Credit Value: 0.2 (Category 1)

Venue: Cape Institute for Architecture, 71 Hout Street, Cape Town and online
Exhibition: Eats & drinks will be available afterwards downstairs in THE ARCHITECT Pop-up Gallery where the exhibition ‘OPEN ARCHITECTURE’ will be on display (see

Programme Outline:

•    Welcome & Introduction - Cathy Skillicorn
•    CPD Presentation - Jolanda Morkel
•    University Perspective - Prof. Andre van Graan
•    Employer / Mentor Perspective - Nicola Irving
•    Student Perspective - Abdurrazaaq Chafeker
•    Q & A

The part-time blended learning model offered by Open Architecture in collaboration with CPUT, produced its first BTech graduates in April this year. The programme is aimed at broadening access to the architectural profession by accommodating flexible learning for non-traditional and working students who would otherwise not have an opportunity to advance their qualifications.

The programme is offered through office-based mentorship, on-campus blocks and online engagement. The admission criteria, curriculum, assessment, moderation and accreditation processes are aligned with the equivalent full-time programme and associated Architectural Learning Site.

This presentation provides an overview of the learning and teaching methodologies employed and reflects on the first pilot to start a conversation about the lessons learnt and what these may mean for academia and practice in the future.
Presenter Bio:

Jolanda Morkel is a registered architect and senior lecturer in the Department of Architectural Technology and Interior Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town. She is the co-ordinator of the part time blended BTech programme, offered in collaboration with OpenArchitecture. The focus of her current doctoral research is the studio crit and how it can be mediated online.

For more information please visit;

The Cape Institute for Architecture:
Open Architecture:
The South African Institute of Architects: