Archinect - News 2016-10-22T21:35:44-04:00 Teaching to the City: Archinect Sessions One-to-One #6 with Will Hunter, founder of the brand new London School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-14T16:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T18:35:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Complaints about the state of architecture education are easy to come by, both in academia and practice. It's expensive, long, and arguably ineffective in preparing graduates for the realities of the field. So who's actually trying to fix it?</p><p>Will Hunter, former deputy editor of the Architectural Review, has one idea &ndash; start a whole new school altogether. Back in October, Hunter opened the brand new London School of Architecture, starting 30+ postgraduate architecture students on a 2-year course working with local firms on local projects. As the school's founder and director, Hunter wanted to form a "cost-neutral" model of architecture education, where students work part-time &ndash; for pay equal to the cost of tuition &ndash; while also attending courses. Give students a vested interest in their city and practice, narrow the gap between education and practice considerably, and make their training financially sustaining.</p><p>We spoke with Hunter in August, about the thought process behind the school...</p> New London School of Architecture to open in 2015 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-01T21:13:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:18:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than get trapped in the false dichotomy between &lsquo;academia&rsquo; and &lsquo;practice&rsquo; &minus; where one is where &lsquo;thinking&rsquo; happens and the other is about &lsquo;buildings&rsquo; &minus; we thought instead about &lsquo;design&rsquo; and &lsquo;research&rsquo; as activities that both students and practitioners would engage in throughout their careers. The question was how can you make a bridge to unite these two groups around those twin pursuits?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Will Hunter, the Deputy Editor of <em>The Architectural Review</em>, developed the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London School of Architecture</a> out of the "Alternative Routes for Architecture" think-tank, active in 2012. While much of the school is still being designed, Hunter will serve as Director and is seeking program accreditation by the ARB.</p>