The future of architectural education – can it work in practice?

July 31

Giving students more practical experience is a good thing - but it could place an unbearable burden on small firms, warns Eleanor Jolliffe

The RIBA’s education review panel announced progress after an open council meeting earlier this year. The main weight of their proposed changes was to integrate practice and academia more intimately to improve the quality of architects who train in the UK. I theory I am in favour of this idea – but I am curious to know how practices, especially small and medium practices, are to bear the weight of so many students; and I am concerned by the possibilities for student exploitation that this may create.

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