A Good (Letters, aj 21.1.99), questions the profession's and the public's confidence in the arb at a time of rapid change in higher education and the profession. This is exactly why the riba, as the body representative of professional architects, must remain involved in education and maintain a constructive working relationship with the arb and schosa, particularly in the area of validation.
The riba is fully committed to an open and accessible system of architectural education, transparency in the process of validation, and the promotion of excellence in schools of architecture. riba honorary vice president for education, Paul Hyett, recently announced, with the riba Centre for Architectural Education, a programme of national forums, news sheets and a biannual international conference to disseminate and co-ordinate educational policies and activities. Combined with far reaching studies such as the riba's Stansfield Smith review of architectural education, and the initiative to internationalise the president's medals for education in architecture, the riba, and hence the profession, is working towards a more open system of architectural education and the process which effects it.
Director, riba Centre for Architectural Education