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Bartlett boss warns Part 2 numbers about to slide

The number of newly qualified architects is set to plummet in the next few years, the head of one of the country's most prestigious architecture schools has warned.

Ian Borden, who heads the Bartlett School of Architecture, claimed that top-up fees will affect the number of students electing to take Part 2. 'In five or six years' time,' he said, 'there will be far fewer architecture graduates emerging.'

At present, he said, any Bartlett Part 2 graduate can expect to get three job offers for every four interviews that they attend. In the future, he warned, 'There will be fewer students chasing the jobs that are available.'

Borden said this will be due to the effect of top-up fees, which are typically £3,000 a year for architecture students. However, this has not, he said, affected Part 1 applications, which have if anything gone up.

For the 90 places available on its BSc course, the Bartlett receives 1,800 applications. But, said Borden, speaking at the AJ's conference 'Achieving Practice Success,' retention rates are a problem and, in particular, many students are choosing to treat Part 1 as a stand-alone degree, rather than progressing to Part 2.

by Ruth Slavid

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