Architecture is like basketball: Kengo Kuma’s advice to young architects

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It looked like covid might frustrate James Tait’s planned new book – until he realised lockdown had suddenly made architects all over the world much more available

Do you recall when you first left architecture school experiencing a disconnection between what you had been taught and the actual practice of architecture in the workplace?

Before lockdown I started writing a book on this subject, sharing my knowledge and experience as a former student, current practitioner and tutor. My aim was to help bridge the divide between academia and practice. I wanted to provide industry insight, dispel some myths and above all offer a combination of reality and hope to students of architecture entering the workplace.

It was largely completed in the spring of 2020. With the world in the midst of the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic my plans to augment the main body of the book with in-person interviews of some UK-based architects were abandoned.

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