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Schools of architecture will have to declare their 'ideological position', following pressure from Classicist Robert Adam.

The RIBA has adopted two new education policies designed to make explicit prejudice against students pursuing traditional architecture.Schools are required to 'either declare their ideological position or accept a wide range of architectural approaches from their students, thereby encouraging the teaching of traditional design for assessment'.

The policies, endorsed by the head of schools body SCHOSA, state that, firstly, unless a prejudice is stated, stylistic preference cannot be used as a criterion for assessment; and secondly, the RIBA will accept a course or module on traditional design for assessment.

Adam, who proposed the amendment to RIBA policy, said it was important that students should be aware of a school's stylistic prejudice when choosing where to study.He said: 'There is a tendency for people to confuse their personal stylistic preference with what is good design and what is not.'

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