Towards Part 3

Towards Part 3 Qualification

00 Edinburgh

Beautiful landscape, Scotland

Before final year submissions

To the students wanting to become Architects

Hi everyone,

I hope this finds you well and in good spirits. I have to apologise for being out of touch in the recent weeks. Travel and performance review at work occupied my thoughts.

I am writing this as I remedy my turbulent emotions and a feeling of dissapointment. Courage and enthusiasm has been sucked out of me and the blows that I confronted have left bruises that are slowly recovering. What I am trying to say is that my performance review didn’t go so well and there’s a high chance I will be fired at the end of the month. Tick tock… the search for a new job has started.

What’s odd about the situation I find myself in, is the fact that from the previous review I was asked if I could focus on placing myself in a position where I might be able to take RIBA Part 3 Exam in a couple of years time. I have made effort for this to happen, registered myself with an accredited University and embarked on a literature review of the possible question I might encounter at the exam. All this effort is amounting to very little evident progress as projects have gone slow, I turn up to work to find nothing for me to do apart from browsing the internet, endless tea/coffee break and a chit chat with the staff members.

Yes, Part 3 is a long and difficult path, but its relation to the academic providers and the awarding bodies can be optimised to provide effective experience and exposure for students who endevour to become Chartered members of the profession.

To summarise my uncoherent thoughts, for anyone to become an Architect, they must get into the right job that provides the right experince and exposure, be close to an academic institution to enable him/her in attending lectures, attending construction industry conferences and being part of a architecture community that engages on topic relevant to the progress of the profession.

 

Yours sincerely

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Work…work…work_ reality vs academia

Apologies I have been out of touch. Reality has caught up with me as I now understand the nature of practicing architecture vs that which I have develped in academia.

Reading this article reminded that there are some arguments that architects have among themselves that are answering the wrong questions or are addressing irrelevant issues at this stage of the professional changes. It would either be a desire to align the academic pursuits with professional interests, or enthral the profession with the promise that technology will streamline and eliminate most of the current issues which the built environment have.

I will be attempting to write something in the coming weeks, that address my experience of practice, architectural influence to society and the built environment, and also how the profession could be in harmony with academia.