16 August 2013
OBE programme recognised in Building Design Magazine
Oxford Brookes University’s Office-Based Examination (OBE) programme in Architecture has been recognised in an article by Building Design about the cost of an architectural education.
Offered to Part I graduates with a minimum of three years professional experience, the Oxford Brookes OBE enables budding architects to continue their studies while remaining in practice, thereby constituting an alternative, less expensive route to a full architecture qualification. By working at the same time as studying, students anxious about financial burdens (the current generation of first and second year students may accrue debts of up to £280,000) can benefit from both a salary and valuable industry experience. Costing as little as £3,000 for a two-year course, the OBE looks certain to attract support in a turbulent economic and educational climate.
Lucy Styles, a Part II student who is benefiting from a partnership between the RIBA and Oxford Brookes by earning while studying, was cited as a case study in Building Design. Lucy has recently been entered for the RIBA Silver Medals 2013Having taken her Part I at Cambridge and spent three years working for Sanaa in Tokyo and Paris, Lucy decided to follow the RIBA Part II course offered in conjunction with Oxford Brookes to finish her architectural education.
Through the Oxford Brookes OBE, cultural, professional and technological modules are undertaken in parallel and - keen to conclude her education as quickly as possible - Lucy studied long hours into weekends and holidays alongside working on Sanaa’s completion of the Louvre Lens. Tom Emerson of 6a Architects served as her supervisor, as he did in her final year at Cambridge, and Lucy credits his knowledge of her interests and personality for the ease with which she adapted to the looser structure of the Part II.
"It is a course suitable for students who do not depend on the collaborative atmosphere of the studio environment and who are prepared to establish their own study structures by choosing personal tutors from outside the school and mentors at their place of employment," Lucy says.
Lucy commenced her Part III course at the AA while she was working towards the hand-in of her Part II thesis, which centred on an art gallery in rural Kent. Though juggling all this was tough, Lucy succeeded in securing qualifications in Parts II and III within a week of each other.