RIBA's school strategy and the context of change
Your review of the RIBA Council debate 'Academic community demands freedom from RIBA 'interference'' (AJ 19.2.04) correctly reported that both SCHOSA and RIBA Council members questioned the extent of the ARB's role in setting standards for the first three years of architectural education.
What the article fails to mention is the consensus that emerged during the following debate: that piecemeal change to architectural education would not be sufficient given the challenging resource context of our schools; that change has to be made in the context of a strategic vision for architects' education, extending from the formative education stage, through professional experience in practice, into continuing professional development; and that the vision must embrace specialisation and stimulate excellence.
The RIBA is committed to working with SCHOSA and Archaos in constructing this strategic vision, to engage with stakeholders, and to follow through with positive action. In the short term, we continue to lobby government for changes to the Higher Education Bill and to modernise our validation processes to ensure that we deliver a 'lighter touch' in the practising profession's dialogue with schools.
Leonie Milliner, RIBA director of education