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Sheffield Uni launches new 'collaborative' architecture course

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Sheffield School of Architecture has launched a new ‘collaborative’ Part 2 course which aims to blend practice-based experience with academic research

Students on the Sheffield University-backed course will spend the first year of the two-year-long course in an architectural firm, allowing them to earn while they learn. They will be based full-time at the university in their final year.

The course has been developed in partnership with six London-based practices - AHMM, BDP, Carmody Groarke, Hawkins\Brown, Penoyre and Prasad, Proctor and Matthews.

Head of school Fionn Stevenson, said: ‘I am passionate about widening participation in architecture and would like to see alternative routes like this developed for all our programmes in the future.

‘Collaborative practice is leading the way, here. We need to develop new forms of ‘reflective apprenticeship’ which combine the best of academia with the best of practice-based learning.’

Paul Monaghan of AHMM, which is set to take on students from the course, said: ‘There has long been a need for alternative routes in the profession because of the expense of the five-year course. Unfortunately, over the past 20 years we have seen a reduction in the numbers of students from poorer backgrounds and it is essential that this is now reversed. This programme will go some way to restoring this balance.’

The course is due to welcome its first intake in September 2015.

Comment:

Satwinder Samra, director of future practice at Sheffield School of Architecture:
It’s widely accepted that for some students, fees act as a barrier to the traditional full-time route into architecture because of the number of years taken to qualify. 

‘We want to ensure that a career in architecture is open to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and this programme seeks to address that issue.’

‘Through collaborative practice, we wanted to address the traditional divisions between practice and education in architecture. This is an opportunity to engage with practice so that students are able to experience the full breadth of an academic and vocational approach to their learning. The new programme will increase student employability and give students a more holistic and integrated experience of architectural education which can only be a good thing for the profession.’

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  • I hope they don't charge tuition fees for the year in practice. If this is the case, it seems that the schools found the way to offer even less tuition than they currently do and keep up the exploitation.

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