Many students are not able to interpret properly the client’s brief into architectural program. In the lower years the brief is given by the lecturers and that was easier as all you do is follow the brief to achieve the objective.
How would you know if your brief is good enough and that the program eventually will be good enough.
The uncertainty or usually independently learning mode done earlier now makes the student rely on the input. If not, they get lost. They cannot judge for themselves. Previously they can judge for themselves. The building type was clear and so on.
This problem has been highlighted before, where it was suggested that we find the sites for the students.
Or we limit the area of study, such as we focus on education buildings i.e. kindergarten,schools, universities, academies (for example).
Students will then concentrate on the particular type of building and then come up with the architectural program after studying the precedents rigorously.
Or we clump area of studies : Education in one group; Recreation in another group; Markets in another group; and Housing in another group.
We may avoid master-planning, transportation building, hospitals and conservation (adaptive re-use is okay).
Then students will be given guidance with the expertise. We focus on a seminar-type program where the students do proper case studies and proper precedent studies, visiting specific buildings.
Special studies will then be focus as well depending on the building types.