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Emily Fribbance: 'Why I chose the London School of Architecture'

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Emily Fribbance, who is set to start her new Part 2 course in September, talks to the AJ about why she decided to study at the London School of Architecture

Where did you study for your Part 1?
Manchester School of Architecture

What made you decide to take your Part 2 at the London School of Architecture?
For the past four years I have been actively involved in the discourse about changes to architectural training whilst experiencing it. As RIBA student representative last year I was involved in many debates about future structures. This new course is able to take the steps towards an alternative model.

Where are you planning to go for your practice placement?
I had an interview at Duggan Morris Architects last week. The practice are forward thinking and it feels like a great place to work.

Was it easy finding the placement? Did the school help?
There are a fantastic range of progressive and established practices signed up to the LSA network. We chose specific research areas and the school has organised two interviews for each student with related practices.

Have you met any of your other course mates?
There have been a few meet-ups so far, and I’m happy to be surrounded by others with a liberal and ambitious attitude. 

What do you feel this course offers which other Part 2 courses do not?
It is a different learning approach, with an emphasis on connection and collaboration with practice.

Do you have any worries being the first set of students through the new course?
I’m actually more excited about  being part of the first cohort as it gives the opportunity to shape the future of the LSA.

How do you think this new course will affect your future career?
I’ve found practice experience to be paramount in this industry, and this method will surely prepare us for the realities of the profession.


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