Gen Z’s over-reliance on tech risks turning architectural profession soulless

|    Syazwani Hj Rosli    |

GENERATION Z individuals, for example those born after the millennial generation, have been defined by technology, and being so tech-driven, they have evolved into an independent, pragmatic, and stubborn people who “are always in a rush”.

For this reason as well, this generation has become the ultimate “self-educators”, capable of “learning anything and everything in and on the net”.

Part of this generation would also be the future architects and future builders of society.

Highlighting this was Ar Adrianta Aziz, an invited speaker from Malaysia from Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia, Malaysia’s architectural body, when delivering his talk titled ‘The Future of Architectural Education – Changing Scenario of Practice for Generation Z Architects’ yesterday afternoon at the Atria Simpur Hall of the Public Works Department headquarters, Old Airport, Berakas.

The talk, organised by the Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) Brunei and PUJA Academy Sdn Bhd, was attended by over 100 participants comprising members of PUJA Brunei and officers from various government agencies.

Participants at the event. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

Ar Adrianta also discussed how time becomes a vital essence, and how appreciation for nature, art and the joys of the learning process – once the pillars of architecture – has virtually become non-existent in the profession nowadays.

“Human interaction has been replaced by interaction with gadgets and software,” he said. “There is absolutely no room for mistake, no room to ponder thoughts through – a process that really is the primary essence which makes us human and able to appreciate our surroundings.”

The speaker noted that the diminishing of these fundamental design cornerstones will soon define our future architects – and not in a good way – and the world will soon see buildings and creations lacking in passion and soul. “Gone is the sincerity in doing this art of ours, the humbleness of interacting with society and our surroundings, and the sharing of the craft and knowledge, as the Generation Z becomes more self-absorbed and knowledge-egoist individuals,” he said.

Ar Adrianta pointed out that the current caretakers of the profession must address this problem so that the future builders will not get lost in this transformation age and architecture remains true to its nature.

A question-and-answer session followed Ar Adrianta’s talk. Tokens of appreciation were later presented to the speaker by Chairperson of PUJA Brunei Architect Division, Zul ‘Amali bin Dato Paduka Haji Idris.