In this video, 2015 Jane Drew Prize-joint winner Yvonne Farrell talks to Martha Thorne about the value of architectural education
Farrell, who co-founded Dublin-based Grafton Architects with Shelley McNamara, said: ‘Schools of architecture are very precious places. They are the places that nurture the next generation of architects.
‘It is really important that schools of architecture are both theoretical and practical.’
She added: ‘Really what schools of architecture are doing is growing disciplined imagination’.
Her comments come after a recent study found that four out of five employers believe architecture schools are failing to provide students with the practical skills needed to practice (AJ 02.02.15).
The report has once again sparked debate amongst the profession over whether students should be ‘oven-ready’ for practice (AJ 06.02.15).