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It's time architecture schools played ball

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I would not be surprised if architecture schools in the UK were not cooperating with CABE's study into the problems faced by ethnic minorities in architectural education (AJ 5.6.03).

In my two years as co-chair of ARCHAOS (the national architecture student society), we were - and still are - constantly hitting brick walls of indifference and unhelpfulness whenever we tried to engage the schools in our forums, newsletters, events and research; we have been trying to complete a piece of research into equal opportunities for students in the workplace for nearly a year now.

With a handful of exceptions, schools of architecture seem to be either institutionally arrogant or chronically disorganised. I am afraid that, in my experience, the biggest factor acting against students and their right to a holistic, diverse and inclusive education is the schools' blinkered attitude that there is no life beyond the studio.

Come on schools, you can't ignore the outside world any longer.We are only trying to help.

Beth Kay, ARCHAOS

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