Why are architectural schools so hard?
The biggest reason architects struggle is because they are underfunded, underfunded and under-resourced, said the University of the West of England’s Richard Leckman, a leading academic on architecture.
“They have to go out of business because they can’t afford to keep building,” he told Quartz.
“It’s almost like an economic siege.”
Architecture is the only profession in the world where the amount of funds available to its students is so limited.
“It is like a death sentence,” Leckham said.
“They have nothing.”
Architects are currently facing an array of problems, including lack of training, understaffing, and lack of funding to ensure they are properly trained, Leckam said.
But Leckmans own company, Architecture in London, has found ways to bring more funding into the sector, including a pilot program in the US that has paid its graduates an average of $50,000 a year, plus bonuses of up to $35,000.
Leck-man has found success in bringing in additional funding, though, through a program called The Big Ideas.
In 2015, the university received $50 million in federal funding, $15 million from the UK government and $20 million from Google.
The Big Ideas is a partnership between the U.K. government, Google, and the UW’s architecture school, the Faculty of Architecture.
The funding allows the university to train new architects, and also fund other programs such as mentoring and funding scholarships.
It also helps the university expand the program to more locations and create more programs like the one that is now running at the university.
According to Leck, funding is important, but more importantly, it is a source of pride for the architects who make their living in the field.
“I don’t want to say they are good at architecture, I think they are great,” Lekemans told Quartz in an interview.
“But it is an incredible job to do.”
In his view, a lot of people are working hard to get to where they are.
“People are really good at it, and it is the people who are getting it,” he said.
“But it’s very difficult to keep going, and so many people are trying to get there.
They are really hard workers, and we are really lucky that we have a lot more support than many other professions.”