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This blog has been created to compliment an autobiographical book called BRICK WALL, 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. At times it feels like all the energy of staff members in architecture departments is spent trying to crush an individual's self esteem and ensuring that they NEVER become architects. Some schools are better than others but they ALL operate the same warped system of assessment - they think up a number.
The architecture schools that I have attended in chronological order are:
1. Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art (GSA)
2. Dundee University
3. Newcastle University
The documentation to accompany BRICK WALL has been put here as it not easy to read jpg images on a kindle. This miserable documentation shows the power of a university over an individual; the individual has no chance, even if your M.P. is Gordon Brown. The book is a much more interesting read I promise.
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.