This year we asked respondents to our survey to tell us which tutor has had the most influence on their life, and why. The table threw up some surprises, not least the name at the top of the pile - Andrew Jackson from Edinburgh College of Art. Jackson taught in the school of architecture there from 1953 to 1982 and is now 82 and still living in the city, dabbling in his second passion, the stock market.
Colleague Rosie Hall paid tribute to his enthusiasm and commitment, 'lending substance to his flamboyant character'. 'Many former students will remember him in the third-year studio at the top of the architecture building, ' she says, 'clad in his white smock, clutching a 10 inch roll of tracing paper, approaching their drawing board, while they hoped they would not hear that their scheme was 'less than interesting''. Other ex-students praised Jackson for providing them with an incisive and well rounded introduction to the fundamentals of good design' and for his 'exceptional design methodology'. Just behind Jackson, for others, it was the late critic and teacher Reyner Banham, and for others still it was David Dunster, commended for 'freeing up' the thinking of one architect and for 'focusing on exciting relevant contemporary architecture' for another. And yet education reveals its most disturbing statistic in the table bottom right - almost half of the 251 architects we surveyed think their training was insufficient for practice. Perhaps the training lawyers receive to practice might have been more thorough (see above right).