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KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana

Summary of Article by Matthew Barac, 2012

Article explores how international connections and local expertise combine at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s School of Architecture, Town Planning, and Building. Situated within the Ashanti Confederacy Kumasi, KNUST is discussed within the context of the practices and developments of contemporary architectural pedagogy. After the first students were enrolled in 1958, the refurbishments and accreditations have compromised the coherence of the modernist campus. Ghana continues to provide a complex context for architectural practice warranting an insistence on pragmatism by the academy, as students adapts to ongoing infrastructural difficulties. Barac highlights the importance of Ghana in an international debate, constituted by initiatives such as the ArchiAfrica Education Network, a partnership linking architecture schools across the continent. An understanding of local conditions and globalized ideas are promoted on the curriculum, with an effort to ground these concepts in Ghanaian realities.