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Gem Barton: 'Universities are not in the business of producing faster horses'


This is just disingenuous drivel. Today's practitioners were yesterday's students and so have experience of both these worlds. You should read what recent RIBA Gold Medal winners O'Donnell & Tuomey had to say on education, i.e practice having more bearing on teaching. No one is arguing for graduates to be able to administrate building contracts at the age of 21, but they are asking why students don't seem to understand the basic physicality of architecture; the basics of how buildings are made, in the real world, after completing a degree in the subject. The level of authority, competence and professionalism expected of architects is much higher than I think people like Professor Barton realise (if this article is anything to go by). We're not artists or simly designers. Will Alsop is a genius in my opinion, but look how many times the guy has gone bust!

Posted date

5 February, 2015

Posted time

9:59 am