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This blog has been created to compliment an autobiographical book called The Appeal of Architecture, which criticizes for good reason the highly subjective system of training architects in the uk. It is also a story about overcoming adversity and keeping going when it feels like the whole world is against you, which can be a common feeling on the architecture course. Some schools are better than others but, they ALL operate the same warped system of assessment and that is the markers just think up a number based on no set criteria.
The architecture schools I have attended in chronological order are:
1. Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in Scotland.
2. Dundee University in Scotland.
3. Newcastle University in England.
Here is the documentation to accompany the book, The Appeal of Architecture. This miserable correspondence shows the power of a university over an individual; the individual has no chance, even if your M.P. is Gordon Brown.
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Don’t head off to university without reading this first; it encompasses a lot of research into architectural education past and present and is condensed down into bite sized chunks taken from articles on this blog. The opinions of current architecture students and practising architects gathered from various sources are included in an appendix at the end of both books.
Feel free to contact me if you have been similarly affected (you are not the first and you won't be the last). It is no disgrace to fail the architecture course at any institution, on the contrary I believe it is a real sign of intelligence and a questioning mind.