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Archaos fury at 'nightclub' schools

Student body Archaos has hit out at some schools of architecture for their attitude to enrolment.

The RIBA-affiliated group was shocked to hear how two out of three universities had refused to receive an application from a postgraduate graphic design student.

Tom Dobinson, who has a 2:1 degree from Oxford Brookes University, was recently turned down by both London Metropolitan University and London South Bank University, and has now been put off starting a course altogether.

'When attending the universities I was received with such bad grace that I have been really discouraged, ' Dobinson said. 'What I experienced shouldn't have happened and other applicants were being treated far worse than I was. The A-level students were getting walked all over.' Mark Physsas, the co-chair of Archaos, believes Dobinson's difficulties are symptomatic of a wider problem among some of the schools of architecture.

'It can be like trying to get into 'the club', 'he said. 'It has become a face-controlled profession. In some senses it is like a nightclub.

If they don't like the look of you, you are not going to get in. It's definitely discriminatory.' Dobinson has written to all the universities in question asking for an explanation but has yet to receive a response.

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