Architecture 519 currently employs a Part II student and a part time undergraduate trainee, we are unable to do more because of the constraints on our investment directly related to the downturn. We do however have the capacity, and the enthusiasm, to provide mentoring of students or graduates who are unemployed. We are aware that we are not alone and believe that there is an urgent need for some “joined up thinking” to ensure that as much as possible of this spare capacity is used to facilitate additional practical training opportunities.
One of our Directors David Lumb is seeking to establish a connection between the RIBA, local and regional organisations who share an interest, interested practices and, initially, the Leeds School of Architecture (but subsequently other schools in the region), with a view to establishing a locally based, sustainable vehicle to provide real support for unemployed “year out” students of architecture (both Part I and II).
David’s initial thoughts are that there is a way to properly manage and therefore legitimise the provision of “internships” within participating practices sponsored either by the practice or by others, or by both, where necessary. The intention is not to replace but rather supplement full employment in practices where for economic reasons a student may need to go elsewhere to obtain full or part time, paid employment or where a practice can do more but cannot sustain the cost.
There is undoubtedly a growing problem which will become a more significant problem as this academic year starts to seek appropriate employment in a market that is forecasted to continue to contract.
David is looking to initially gather information on the extent of the problem (currently and forecasted) whilst seeking to put in place a sustainable, support scheme that is adequately funded providing a realistic alternative to obtaining practical experience where full time employment is unavailable.
For further information contact David at
0113 213 5656