I am preparing a report for publication about research activity in British architecture schools. It is a subject about which surprisingly little is known. The riba commissioned a database two years ago, but system incompatibilities have delayed its becoming available. Schools are also so hard pressed that few appear to have an updated or easily available record of what work is being done under their auspices.
May I therefore request that anyone involved in a research exercise at a British or Irish architecture school let me know the following:
what topics they have worked on in the last five years or are currently working on, together with a one-paragraph summary
whether the work has now been written up
whether it has been published
whether it can be accessed and if so, how?
Stephen Games, Wembley Park
A squint at the altar of design education
From the recent lambasting of the Leicester School of Architecture ( 15.7.99), one may be excused from assuming that all is not well at dmu Leicester.
In fact, the students are all well-rounded, useful people who form the backbone of the architectural profession.
So, the full-time 'tired old staff' may have hackneyed design standards, but their buildings can be built. The big advantage of the former polytechnics is that they proudly encompass a wealth of vital disciplines which readily combine to produce informed, employable students. How many 'old' university departments of architecture still have in-house quantity surveyors, construction lawyers and management experts? How many of the old school have shunned architectural management for design history, critical theory, gender studies and paper buildings? Some of them even build their houses of straw
Dr m p Nicholson, Alverton, Notts