Education and collaboration

Architecture is quite a unique profession in terms of the range of skills you realistically need as an individual to function. These include; the ability to draw, present, write (accurately), use a computer, understand physics and work with a wide range of people. When much of the world is edging towards specialisation, this presents a real challenge for gaining the adequate skills to become a good all-round architect.

For example at secondary school level there is a risk that the breadth of learning will soon be severely limited by the new EBACC system. This will lead to the downgrading of arts subjects to have less worth than ‘core’ subjects, such as maths or english. Whilst it may be understandable to concentrate on mastering the ‘basics’ in education, it cannot be a coincidence that our country has excelled at creative industries following a period when schools were able to teach a wide range of subjects with equal emphasis. Indeed, I am sure many who have ended up as architects were those at school who found themselves equally adept at both analytical and more creative subjects.