Sunday, February 24, 2013

Architects of our own future

A recent report by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has declared that our industry is in danger of becoming a profession that can only be accessed by students richest. With the rising student fees and the bad economic situation, the students from low-income backgrounds will become hindered. The report, which looked at income students in 2011/2012, which aims to develop an understanding of remuneration for his contributions to the profession over many years of practice to help inform the future rules that work for the industry. Architectures require work placement students progress in their education. I know a number of students who are facing serious difficulties when seeking placements, leading to scale will have no choice but to work for free. Most students are heading south to find the position, it will lead to a gap professionals in our region after the recession ended. Despite the perception given by the media, are generally not paid the architectural profession and the state of the current economic climate, it is not surprising that low-income students. However, all of the 93% of placements occurring in the architectural industry, only 11% were not paid. Placement of students, although the position of the training, the right job and, as an industry, we have no excuse for not properly paying at least minimum wage. By not doing so, the industry falls foul of legal and moral obligations. Training to be the architect of a minimum of seven years: It is a huge commitment and must be supported by real industry to the future of architecture in Britain. The results of the report seems to indicate that girls are discriminated against, with men earning on average 3% higher than the female counterparts. At present, only 20% of architects are women. We must ensure that young women are encouraged, rather than discouraged by discrimination in the early stages of their careers, to fix it. After all, the building and the space used by both sexes the same, so it does not make sense that we get a great view of Circular designed them? Many industry leaders used about the past and the numbers prove that we still have much to do to help the industry to move away from the club drawing old men '. I hope that the RIBA is crack employers to do this and make a stand for what is right: the best shape of our industry forward. :: Christine Thornley, associate director of Newcastle-based Mackellar Architecture

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