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Archaos sets education agenda for next student forum

Student body Archaos has set the date for its next student forum to discuss the theme 'education'. The conference, to be held in London, will take place on 28 November.

Alex MacLaren from Archaos said the event will tackle issues that currently affect all students such as: 'What is this validation thing and why should I care?' and 'How come I spend five years in college and then when I come out my employer says I still don't have a clue about how to get a building built.'

MacLaren promised the event would feature provocative speakers and a chance for student delegates to offer alternative thinking on issues such as links with practice, relationships between different academic years and between schools.

'We've spoken to the ARB, RIBA (RIAS & RSAW) and SCHOSA about what we'll be doing this year and they are all looking forward to our results, 'MacLaren said. 'Many of the discussion points at the forum have arisen from suggestions at meetings with RIBA and ARB. These are issues each of those bodies is looking at in some way at the moment, and they have said they will welcome student views.

MacLaren added: 'We need two reps from each architecture college - we lose several every year - so anyone who is interested should get in contact with us by emailing alex@archaos. org. We're also looking for interested students from the non-validated courses since we need to get a fuller picture of what it's like to study architecture in this country.'

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