Task force launched to shake-up architectural education
High-profile figures including those from Arup, the Bartlett and Laing O’Rourke, have begun a review of built environment training and qualification with a view to reform
A pan-industry task force is seeking to revolutionise education in the built environment and is looking for members to participate in the debate.
A steering committee led by Ryder Architecture and with representatives from Ryder, Arup, The What Now? Collaborative, the Bartlett, Strathclyde University, KPMG, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Bath – has agreed that fundamental reform across education and industry is needed to achieve, among other things:
• A higher standard of creative innovators and entrepreneurs in design and business
• A greater number of people with multi-disciplinary skills, including communication skills
• More diverse and flexible routes to qualification, including conversion courses
• Greater industry investment and partnership in education and training
These aims are the result of an inaugural debate in the summer.
It included a discussion about how schools across the built environment need to better train students to engage with industry; the limitations of the ARB/RIBA Part 1/2/3 framework, which is increasingly difficult to sustain financially; and the belief that the industry needs free-thinking, creative professionals from a range of professional backgrounds.
Over the coming weeks, the AJ will publish a range of comment pieces from members of the steering committee. Join the discussion at TheAJ.co.uk/students