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How should Part 3 change? Dominic Wilkinson

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Dominic Wilkinson, chairman of education RIBA North West and senior architect, Austin-Smith: Lord

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On my first day at architecture school the head of department blithely informed the year that 10 per cent of us would qualify within the prescribed seven years. The reality, which is still the case, is that the majority simply take longer to complete their practical experience.

Current graduates face two principal issues: a lack of active site-stage projects on which to gain appropriate experience for those in work and a lack of any architectural work at all for the rest. The former can be mitigated by mentoring, partnering or simply taking longer. The RIBA can, and should, actively help in this process by taking a relaxed view on blocks of experience gained across several projects.

The latter is a far more difficult problem. Absence of employment will see an increasing number of Part 2 graduates stacking up and some will inevitably become disillusioned and leave the profession. Practices cannot conjure up work and altering the basis of Part 3 examinations will make no material change to this situation.

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