The Impact of Computer Aided Architectural Design Tools on Architectural Design Education. The Case of KNUST
Botchway EA*, Abanyie SA and Afram SO
Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
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- Botchway EA
Department of Architecture
Kwame Nkrumah University
of Science and Technology
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Received Date: April 09, 2015 Accepted Date: July 07, 2015 Published Date: July 15, 2015
Citation: Botchway EA, Abanyie SA, Afram SO (2015) The Impact of Computer Aided Architectural Design Tools on Architectural Design Education. The Case of KNUST. J Archit Eng Tech 4:145. doi:10.4172/2168-9717.1000145
Copyright: © 2015 Botchway EA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) tools have been available to the architect in practically useful form for a close to a century. It has evolved from being a complicated simulation tool available to mainframe computers and used exclusively by experts working on special “CAAD projects” to being accessible to any interested individual on a personal computer. CAAD plays a vital role on the profession and academia of architecture in recent years. The aim of this study is to provide a reflective perspective of the current architecture education on CAAD in the Department of Architecture in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). It compares the method of architecture design education in the department of architecture in KNUST to other methods architecture design education of other universities. It examines the various benefits of incorporating CAAD into the curriculum and looks at the various shortfalls limiting the full exploitation of CAAD into the design curriculum of architecture education also the role CAAD the design process from conceptual to final product is examined. Survey questionnaires were distributed to students in the Department of Architecture and CAAD tutors interviewed to ascertain the level of impact of CAAD in the department. It was realized that the level of integration of CAAD with the design studio is low and transition from traditional drafting methods to the modern methods of using computers in design is not clearly established, thus recommendations were made to rectify the situation.