The National, Tuesday 30th April 2013
THE PNG University of Technology’s architecture and building department held their project week last week assisted by facilitators.
Students of the architecture department did their annual week-long master-class project while the building section students went through their project week.
The activities began on Monday and ended on Friday.
The theme was “Health facilities planning and design”.
The programme is run twice in each semester to enable students to interact with experts in class and on field trips.
Acting head of department Dr Andrew Sariman said the master-class was an educational programme run by the architecture department of the university since 1990.
Sariman said it enabled students to learn from each other through group work where communication became a significant aspect.
The students were happy to have with them Ron Bridgefoot, an experienced health facility planning and design architect from Hassells in Australia.
They also had David Vosrt, the technical advisor of the Western Highlands provincial health authority, and Paul Frame, the man behind the planning and designing of most of the health facilities in Papua New Guinea.
“The facilitators are the major source of learning for the students,” Sariman said.
The students’ draft designs of proposed community-based hospitals were critiqued by facilitators and course mates.
The building students proposed to renovate the Assemblies of God church building at Eriku in Lae city.
The three best proposed projects will be invited to present their proposal to the church project committee members.
Building course director Jerry Walliah is calling on non-government organisations, churches and non-profitable organisations to register their interest with the department.