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You’ve touched on a lot that could fuel a few different debates but sticking to the topic at hand I would say that the tenor of responses in this forum seems to be that our hypothetical student should fail. This would certainly be my gut feeling. The role of architectural education therefore is to provide the student with enough aspirational momentum and the tools to last him/her their professional career. My experience of practice to date is that the industry defaults to the lowest common denominator and for a design concept to be carried through requires superhuman powers of stamina in order to overcome the inertia of mediocrity. That having been said where else would you want to be? My academic experience is that year in year out we have students who couldn’t give a dam in the majority, a third-level education system embracing business concepts and a profession expecting archotects who can detail.

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