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Institutional control of architectural education and registration 1834-1960

Institutional control of architectural education and registration 1834-1960

Startup, H. M. (1984) Institutional control of architectural education and registration 1834-1960. MPhil thesis, Thames Polytechnic.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the history of architectural education and professionalism in Britain from the foundation of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1834 to the Oxford Conference on education held by the RIBA in 1958. Between these dates, it investigates with primary source material drawn from the RIBA and the Architects Registration Council (ARCUK), the nature and development of these institutions in relation to one another in the evolution of an educational policy for the architectural profession. The scope of the work embraces an exploration both of the controls placed by the profession on education and of the statutory limits to professional control promulgated by the State. The thesis sets out, first, to analyse the links made between the formation of the RIBA and its search for an appropriate qualification and examination system which would regulate entry into the RIBA. It then considers the ways in which the RIBA sought to implement and rationalise this examination system in order to further educational opportunities for its members and restrict architectural practice. This is followed by an account of the means by which the profession began to achieve statutory recognition of its own knowledge and practice. This section also assesses the difficulties of holding the profession to account by lay opinion. An evaluation of the singular nature and practice of the RIBA Visiting Board then forms the basis for an analysis of the principal ways in which the profession sought to regulate standards within schools of architecture. Finally, an appraisal of the considerable influence of the Oxford Conference is made with reference to the adjustments of the architectural profession to the changed conditions imposed on practice and education by post-war Britain. Conclusions are then drawn in which the writer summarises the significance of the material in relation to the future of architectural education policy for the profession.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Uncontrolled Keywords: architects; architectural practice; education and training;
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Pre-2014 Departments: Thames Polytechnic
Thames Polytechnic > School of Architecture and Landscape
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 15:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8754

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