Questioning Architecture Schools in the Middle of an Industry Downturn

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By Steve Delahoyde Comment

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An interesting point/counter-point between architect Tim Ronalds and architecture school head, Richard Hayward called “Are Architecture Schools Turning Into Factory Farms?” over at Building Design. The point of the piece is obvious, based off the title, of course. Ronalds says yes, explaining that there are more students, fewer teachers, and instruction so rigid as to not allow for much originality. Hayward says no, saying that schools still do foster creativity, but does accept that there’s a problem within the industry as a whole. Beyond just their talk, it’s an interesting discussion considering all of the financial woes the architecture business has found itself in, and in reading reports like in yesterday’s Irish Business News that thousands of architects are expected to lose their jobs this year. And if that’s just in Ireland, which is just now coming out of one the biggest economic booms in the whole of Europe, you can imagine the dire situation all over.

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