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Huddersfield professor in attack on education plan

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The Stansfield Smith report could result in a two-tier system of architects' education, believes Brian Edwards, professor of architecture at the University of Huddersfield. He warned in an article in the Guardian on Tuesday that this could be the result if the move towards a longer education process, with a bachelor's and a masters degree, fails to gain compulsory funding. In this case, Edwards warns, 'architectural education will follow the American system. The winners will be a few 'ivy league' schools of architecture which attract wealthy students and offer the graduate specialisms and doctorate programmes. As for the rest, architectural education may become an adjunct to design - taught only to the level of ba and without the authority of professional recognition or the rigours of postgraduate enquiry'.

riba president David Rock said, 'I think Brian's words are alarmist.' Paul Hyett, vice-president for education, said, 'The issue goes to the heart of the Stansfield Smith report and the crossroads education and practice are at.'

Canary Wharf is to unveil a welter of new designs from world-famous names at the mipim property conference in Cannes, starting today. Terry Farrell & Partners is working on 16,000m2 15 Westferry Circus, a crescent- shaped office. Jean Nouvel has done a concept design of a 10-storey glass building with balconies and poetry-inscribed facade on Heron Quays (pictured). Also on the quays will go two towers of 29 and 30 storeys by Cesar Pelli, and a curving building with glass and stone front by Kohn Pedersen Fox & Associates. som is working on three offices of stone, glass and steel around Canada Square Park.

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