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Shevaughn Rieck: the new face of Farrells


This really does illustrate that architectural education needs a shake-up and the length of training should be shortened to five years maximum. The AA Part 3 is theoretical but strategic and challenging, forcing you to think a lot bigger than all of the other schools put together—it's not the best architecture school in the world for nothing! Part 3 experience can be variable, and encourages an indentureship system of badly paid interns. This is demoralising for bright post-graduates, who quickly move on to better things once they see the lay of the land. A three-year liberal arts degree, followed by a year post-grad and a year in an office should be enough and will produce many more transferable skills. Too much time is spent on design projects, when most graduates will be doing anything other than design in practice. The role has changed and is marginalised—there needs to be a revolutionary response to this from the educators. The training is anachronistic and still based on the Oxford Conference of 50 odd years again. They need to really wake up in academia and stop short changing naive young people—it is fraudulent! Start teaching professional practice in Year 1, as well as much more practical knowledge, such as contract law, dissertation writing and digital film making, for example. Drama classes could even be introduced to improve presentation and advocacy skills. The first three years should be a truly liberal arts degree, followed by a post-grad specialisation, such as project management, sustainability or specification, for example. I am only writing in this font because Steve Jobs attended an elective course on calligraphy—Think different, think laterally. We are nearly a quarter of the way through the 21st Century...

Posted date

25 October, 2019

Posted time

3:30 pm