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Why can't architecture be done as a distant learning degree?

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    It would be great if architecture degrees were offered by the open university or distance learning. With modern computer software and the creative ability of potential architecture students I can't see why it should not be possible for such a degree to be available by correspondence. It's not like medicine or sciences where access to laboratory or hospital is required as part of the studies.

    Could architecture ever be available by this route?

    If you have three year's relevant experience and are working full-time in an architect's practice or related discipline. However, it's much harder to go this route than to take a degree course with exemptions from the RIBA exams:


    A few reasons I could cite, in no particular order:

    - The course requires a lot of physical representation (models) and a lot of people need to use a workshop, plotters, helidromes, etc.
    - The library - you need to be able to access the vast resources
    - Tutorials & crits - happen weekly generally, sometimes more frequently - these are key to improving your design skills

    Above all - studio culture matters a lot in architecture - you learn from associating with your peers, discussing how they are representing their work, using their techniques. Architecture is not something you sit down and 'learn' by doing on your own, it is something your absorb from being part of a group of people who are pushing themselves to be better and it is the pressure of being in this environment that leads to your development.
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