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Sue Churchill

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  • Comment on: Student survey 2015: Is your architectural education worth it?

    Sue Churchill's comment 16 July, 2015 2:16 pm

    Hi Paul- thank you. The issue of business is my point, I am halfway through my masters and have had no tutorship on how to take the core values of our education (design / taste etc) and apply it to business and the realities of practice... I would love to experience this kind of education simultaneous to the typical lessons on design, detailing, materiality etc etc.

    The most successful people I have worked under during my young career are driven business people, the opposite end of the spectrum from the likes of CJ Lim and co, I find their approach utterly pointless!

    James Beardall

  • Comment on: Student survey 2015: Is your architectural education worth it?

    Sue Churchill's comment 16 July, 2015 12:00 pm

    Hi Paul- thank you. The issue of business is my point, I am halfway through my masters and have had no tutorship on how to take the core values of our education (design / taste etc) and apply it to business and the realities of practice... I would love to experience this kind of education simultaneous to the typical lessons on design, detailing, materiality etc etc.

    The most successful people I have worked under during my young career are driven business people, the opposite end of the spectrum from the likes of CJ Lim and co, I find their approach utterly pointless!

    James Beardall

  • Comment on: Revealed: houses in the running for 2015 Manser Medal

    Sue Churchill's comment 16 July, 2015 10:22 am

    Provide housing classed as 'architecture' to the masses as David suggests- there would be genuine ingenuity, and this would allow the public to see the actually tangible value of architects to society... Not just skivvies for the traditional patron with massive amounts of money!

  • Comment on: Student survey 2015: Is your architectural education worth it?

    Sue Churchill's comment 15 July, 2015 2:29 pm

    The two aspects of architecture as vocation and as studied subject do not go hand in hand, there are too many 'architectures' existing in practice that are all taught inadequately by a single model of knowledge delivery in our schools, in my opinion differing sectors of architecture should be offered to be taught- and within each more influence from practicing professionals overseen by the governing institutions, enabling the schools to keep upto date with the realities of practice. The subject of architecture in schools is also open to rapid influence from studio culture or various design theories that bare no realism or practical qualities to the realities of the profession.

    I am enjoying my education immensely, but schools must realize that practice emphasizes the subject (educated taste in the design of buildings) as a business and a profession, not an art course. Design is absolutely essential, but the blurred area where this has to be applied with relevance into the professional realm is not taught in schools at present, and if it is it isn't stressed enough.

    Pretty pictures and overly conceptual design project scenarios may get the grades in school, but they do not matter in practice. This dichotomy of values between the two result in students entering a profession in which they haven't actually had the fully relevant education for. There lies the problem.... Art or Profession, the age old question within architecture effecting the education of young architects and inevitably the profession!

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