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New cut-price architecture school seeks practices to help train students

17 October 2013 No Comment

A new architecture school being launched by a group of industry leaders will give students the chance to cut their training costs in half.

The London School of Architecture (LSA) will have no permanent home as part of its drive to reduce overheads and provide more efficient education, with students instead learning onsite with host practices and at hired or cooperative spaces around London.

The school hopes to charge between £4,500 and £6,300 per year for its accredited programme for part 2 students, up to 50 per cent lower than the £9,000 a year typically charged elsewhere.

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Innovative new school of architecture

LSA is due to launch in 2015 and is now seeking expressions of interest from architectural practices keen on joining its network of partners.

Bosses behind the innovative new school want to set up research clusters and hope to arrange up to 25 part-time salaried practice placements for first year students. Other roles available for architecture professionals will include leading small teaching thesis groups made up of second year students.

The school’s director is Architectural Review deputy editor Will Hunter and the idea was developed following a lengthy debate first started in the magazine. A host of other industry leaders are also involved with the school’s board, including Sarah Ichioka, director of Architecture Foundation, and Baylight’s chief executive Crispin Kelly. Designer Nigel Coates and Leon van Schaik, professor of architecture for the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, will be among the experts leading the academic side.

For more information on the courses or to find out how your practice can get involved visit the London School of Architecture website.

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