Negroni Talk #11 - 10.06.19.

Mind The Gap: The Chasm Between Practice And Education


After years spent designing wondrous master-plans for fictional cities, debating the rights and wrongs of the Frankfurt School and churning out thousands of words on the subject - architects leave university to find themselves working on technical details for perfunctory spaces in massive practices.

Surely given the length of time needed and the tens of thousands of pounds spent in the process, Universities could better prepare students for the realities of the professional world?

With all the differing schools of architecture in London and no shortage of tutors who are architects themselves, why is there this gap between study and practice and what is the best route into the profession? Or is the value and responsibility of an education more than just setting students up for a lifetime of practice?

Speakers include:

Laura Mark, Walmer Yard (Chair)
Eva Franch i Gilabert, Architectural Association
Jeremy Till, Central Saint Martins
Harriet Harriss, RCA
John McElgunn, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners: RSHP