An expert in architectural design, Festus Fawohunre, has advised the Federal Government to set up architecture units in each of the 778 local governments in the country.
Fawohunre said on Thursday that creating such units would help to create jobs for unemployed graduate architects.
He gave the advice at 2017/2018 Town and Gown Interaction, organised by the College of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Architecture of the Caleb University, Imota, Lagos.
Fowohunre, a Principal partner with Facon Consult Nigeria, said while such a move would provide employment opportunities, it would also give the quality assessment of architectural works.
According to him, problems of unemployed architecture graduates and others in the building industry could be blamed on the inability of some individuals to take appropriate initiatives.
It also stems from the government’s inaction towards applying appropriate legislation.
“Architecture practitioners, as individuals, have not taken the initiative; government too has not applied appropriate legislation.
“People equally, often desire to reap where they have not sown,’’ Fawohunre said.
He said that there was a need to also work on the concept of mentorship to create a pairing of registered architects with architecture graduates on a ratio one to three.
Fawohunre said that if the suggestion was taken, it would provide access to various available opportunities in the building industry.
“The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA) needed to be encouraged to allow mentorship as a way of absorbing graduate architects to practice, rather than labelling them as ‘quacks’.
“This is not to compromise standards or professionalism but to allow the better understanding of who the real quacks are.
“As elders in Architecture, have we succeeded in raising future architects, who are outstanding in Architecture?
“We must mentor upcoming architects, who will provide guidance and leadership to future architects.’’
Fawohunre urged the graduate architects to exercise patience and go through the phases of mentorship before they can begin to exercise authority in the field.
“After this, you will do exploits; just as I have been doing after 40 years of graduation.
“I have, on several occasions, encouraged young architects and students to seek their own path in architecture and de-emphasise the craze for money,’’ he said.
Also contributing, Mr Biodun Jagunna, said that a young architect who was professionally groomed would have the ingredients needed to survive in the profession.
“Every architect is still finding his or her place in the field of architecture, getting the ingredients, getting equipped, being bold, strong and courageous,’’ Jagunna said.
Dr Oladipo Abel, Acting Dean, College of Environmental Sciences and Management, Caleb University, said the programme was organised to bring people who have made an impact in the practice to share their experiences and ideas with the students.
“We are producing students, most of who can work outside the country.
“So, we brought the experts so that they can tell them how to relate and succeed in the outside world,’’ Abel said.
Over 120 architects were at the Interaction.