How apprenticeships are pioneering diversity in the profession

Katherine Birkett

Architectural apprentice Katherine Birkett asks why more practices and students aren’t seizing the new route into architecture

As students complete their slew of university applications most will be looking forward to the years ahead and all the challenges that their education might bring.

But, if the architectural student surveys from industry magazines and professional bodies are anything to go by, those signing up for an architectural education may struggle.

This is no surprise. Among the lengthy study programme, the gruelling assessment methods and the sometimes infinite hours in the studio, architectural students rarely get a chance to come up for air. The result is students who are overworked, stressed, more likely to suffer from mental health issues and – more often than not – dispirited about their future career.

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