The year out should be seen as an opportunity for personal development in and around architecture, says the RIBA President-elect
There are many alternatives to employment in an architect’s office that can be demonstrated by the student to have enhanced their understanding of the built environment and the architect’s role in its creation.
There are activities that are directly related to architecture such as entering competitions and those in related activities, such as labouring on a building site (obtaining skills such as plastering and plumbing that are good life skills in their own right); architectural journalism and working for other built environment professions such as engineers.
Travel is an excellent opportunity to observe architecture and urban design in different social, economic and metrological climates. Getting under the skin of different cultures and understanding how the conditions have shaped their built environment is a good springboard for post graduate architectural studies.
If none of this is possible and the need for an income and occupation leads to employment in a completely different field it is still possible for the student to draw conclusions from how the buildings have affected the working environment and to enquire and record how they could be improved. Understanding our client’s needs is, after all one of our key skills.
- The RIBA has launched Host Practice, a new initiative where practices and universities can offer architecture students desk spaces or research opportunities. Find out more