The influence of digital media and information technology on architectural design education and practice is increasingly
evident. There has been an astonishing shift in the way architecture is being taught and produced. Networked virtual
design environments such as the virtual design studio (VDS) have been introduced in many architectural schools
as new ways of teaching and learning design. Applying virtual design education in developing countries such as the
Arab states brings with it various opportunities and challenges. As a new phenomenon, little research has been done
to study the cultural implications of the new virtual design environments (VDE). This paper examines the new paradigm
of teaching and learning design virtually and the possible cultural implications of its implementation in developing countries
such as the Arab world.
Keywords : Virtual Design Education, Virtual Design Studio, Virtualization of Education, Architectural Education.
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