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105: On Architectural Education

This week, AF Trustee Shumi Bose moderates a discussion on the state of architectural education with panellists Adrian Lahoud (Dean, School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art), Kester Rattenbury (former Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster), and Neal Shasore (Head of the London School of Architecture). The event was recorded in front of a live audience on 1 February 2023 at Benk and Bo in Aldgate, London.


An upcoming live panel, titled "The Rights of the Architectural Worker" takes place on the evening of Tuesday 25 June at the Barbican Centre, with speakers Bob Allies (Allies and Morrison) Charlie Edmonds (Future Architects Front) and Jane Issler Hall (Assemble), as well as members of the Section of Architectural Workers. For more information and to book your tickets, follow this link.



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