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Peace may be about to break out in the world of architectural education after years of spatting between the RIBA and the ARB, over the syllabus and validation. Rumbling rows continue over the conditional validation of the Bartlett's Part II course, while at De Montfort, it appears the university is advising students to carry on regardless of validation withdrawal by ARB.

Presumably the students could still sit RIBA exams independently However, relief is at hand in the form of a document approved both by the institute and the board, Tomorrow's Architect. Produced by a RIBA committee headed by John Lyall, and supported from the ARB side by Ian Davidson before his untimely death earlier this year, the document spells out RIBA requirements in respect of the syllabus for Parts 1, 2 and 3, and includes the ARB's qualification criteria. What this means is that in a single document both students and schools can see what it is they need to learn/teach in order to satisfy both organisations. The careful language used, for example in the distinction made between 'awareness of ' and 'knowledge of ' should help to deflect the usual criticism of this sort of document - that it is too prescriptive. The document will be launched at the end of this month, fingers crossed.

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