Intellectual Outcomes

This Report presents a mapping of the situation in architectural education and the conditions in  practice in all Countries participating in the project. More specifically the report presents the results of the investigation of three main axes:

The first concerns the consequences of the financial crisis on the education of the architects and the professional practice. It records the affect of the crisis on the availability of human resources in schools of architecture, the availability and efficiency of the existing infrastructures and the effect of this situation on the overall quality of architectural education. In parallel the report records the unemployment in the profession of the architect and presents data that the local professional bodies collected regarding the other types, forms and domains of architects’ employment.

The second axis concerns the impact of the European policies on higher education and mobility of professionals in the participating countries. How have the local systems incorporated the EU strategies for education (Bologna Process, European Qualification Framework) and to what extent this affected the existing higher architectural education system. It also examines the mobility of the professional in the Countries, the impact of the mobility of professionals in the local market and the perspectives emerging by the recent  EU directive 2013/55/EU amending the existing one 2005/36/EU on the recognition of professional qualifications.

The third axis focused on the forms of collaboration between Schools of Architecture in the Countries and the Architects’ professional bodies. The purpose of this inquiry was to map the existing relations and the types of collaborations already established and the evaluation of the impact of this relation on the education of the architects. More specifically we researched if the contact of the schools with practice is assured only through the teaching staff practicing architecture or if there was a broader osmosis between the two parts which affected the updating process and responsiveness of the education offered by the schools.

This report was elaborated in a way that the comparison between Countries was possible as well as the possibility to detect common issues and differences among the participating Countries. This also created the basis upon which we worked on the profile of the graduates schools of architecture have to create and along with the important local particularities that were to seriously been taken into account.