Chapter 1: Mind The Gap(s)

Becoming an Architect
Practice Gap(s)

Chapter 1: Mind the Gaps should be understood as the background to my research. In it, I describe my position relative to the themes I am investigating. As discussed in the previous part of the preface, in Chapter 1, I do not look to maintain a neutral distance from my themes; instead, I look to clearly articulate my position, drawing on experience and referring to necessary theory and background. The first part of Chapter 1, Questions for Architecture Practice, takes stock of mainstream architecture practice and why it could struggle to win graduates’ loyalty due to a poor record on climate, content, diversity and working conditions. Approaches to Architectural Education consider prevailing stereotypes and criticisms in architecture education, where they come from and what can be done to fight them. Thereafter, I weigh the benefits and challenges of applying alternative methods such as live projects. After that, I focus on the “practice gap” between university and practice to better understand the productive/disruptive relationship between these poles. The final part of Chapter 1, Institutions of Architecture, discusses the available pathways to becoming an accredited architect and the professional institutions and associations that regulate this process in the German and British contexts. Finally, it looks at the landscape for practitioners beyond accreditation and some of the conflicts and issues that arise from how the profession is currently organised. 

Reading List:
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Harriss, Harriet, Rory Hyde, and Roberta Marcaccio, eds. Architects after Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice. New York, NY: Routledge, 2020.

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Smith, Hazel, and Roger Dean. Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts. Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts. Edinburgh University Press, 2022.