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Tonight's debate: ‘Charter for Change’ in architectural education

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ZAP Architecture and What Now? will host a speakers’ corner-style debate on the future of architectural education at the RIBA tonight (14 November)

The Charter for Change debate marks the end of ZAP Architecture’s Pavilion of Protest exhibition (pictured, top) and comes just days after two of the Bartlett School of Architecture’s most senior professors hit out against the ‘hypocrisy’ of tuition fee hikes during a public demonstration.

The event will feature a range of speakers including London Metropolitan University dean of architecture Robert Mull, Alastair Parvin of Architecture 00 and AJ reporter Merlin Fulcher (pictured, right).

Public Works’ Andreas Lang, Niall McLaughlin and Westminster University dean of architecture Jeremy Till will also lead a panel event.

The event aims to create a ‘formal initiative of educational redress’ in the form of a charter which will be signed by attendees, according to its organisers.

Ideas from the debate will be ‘consolidated’ into the charter which the organisers hope will be ‘devoid of institutional pressures or politics’.

A statement from the organisers explained: ‘The aim of the charter is to instigate an immediate reflection on the current situation for students, which is evidentially flawed, both financially and academically.

‘This charter will form a record of ideas for change and ignite a “call to arms”.’

The free event runs from 6.30pm at the Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD.


Education: A Charter For Change

Jeremy Till (Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment, Westminster)
Niall McLaughlin (Niall McLaughlin Architects)
Andreas Lang (Public Works)

Robert Mull (Dean of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Met)
Merlin Fulcher (AJ)
Nic Clear (Unit 15 master, Greenwich)
Alastair Parvin (00:/)
Paul McGrath (TAPTA)
Robert Pike (Boidus)
Max Gane (Project Context)
Helen Misselbrook (Resolution Architecture)

Zohra Chiheb (Zap Architecture)



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