Simon Allford, RIBA vice president of education, said any increase in tuition fees 'would be very worrying for students in general, but more so for architecture'.
Allford said: 'If this is more than just scare-mongering, then it is very bad news, not only for architecture students but for students in general.
'However, it will hit architecture students a lot harder. The course is a lot longer than many others, and there is less earning capacity when they leave.'
Allford said a new way of thinking was necessary, one which would allow more flexibility into how architecture students pay for their education.
He said: 'We recognise the need to try and keep the profession open, and we are trying to think of other models to work to, such as practices sponsoring students.
'[The potential increase] is very bad news, and it needs to be fought very hard.'