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From profession to academy

In the works this week, an exploration not so much how but why architectural education in Great Britain gradually shifted from the profession to the academy. Until the first decades of the twentieth century, the predominant route into the architectural profession was through pupillage, by which an aspirant designer would paid to work for and learn from a practising architect. There was enormous inconsistency of both the quality and cost of this education, and while it would be easy to explain the shift into the universities as a correction of this, there are a host of additional factors that I’ve been reading up on.
I’ll post more in due course; but for now I recommed the two books above, one a useful primer on the history of architectural education in Great Britain, and the other a extremely scholarly examination of the French, Germand and Swiss technical institutions sometimes overlooked by architectural historians who prefer to cite the École des Beaux-Arts as the primary force in architectural education in France and elsewhere from the nineteenth-century onwards.
  • CRINSON, M. and LUBBOCK, J., 1994. Architecture – art or profession. Manchester: Manchester University Press
  • PFAMMATTER, U., 2000. The Making of the Modern Architect and Engineer. Basel: Birkhauser.

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