Architects are problem solvers. We should be able to solve an issue like education

Ashley Mayes landscape

We must work harder to tackle the ‘architecture time-bomb’

If you were asked to name the cost of architectural education you might end up recounting the typical student debt of £100,000 that an architect will owe upon qualifying. However, this falls short of what many students might consider to be the “real cost”.

The proportion of architecture students experiencing a cost to their mental health and wellbeing is rising – with one in three students currently or recently receiving help for mental health-related issues or stress.

Students are very much aware of the vast financial investment they are undertaking – especially those who have little or no financial support other than inadequate student loans. This is compounded by an already competitive and demanding culture that still plays out in many architecture schools and can only exacerbate an already troubling situation for our student generation.

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