The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Bartlett School of Architecture's environmental investigation report.
RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:
“Every educator and education provider has a duty to support the wellbeing and safety of their students, as well as their academic development, and have effective mechanisms in place to eradicate unacceptable behaviour. This report identifies extensive failings which have been acknowledged by the university who have made the commitment to taking immediate action. This, I am well aware, will be cold comfort to those who have suffered.
Like other creative disciplines, architecture education relies upon critical appraisal of students’ work, but this needs to be properly managed. All universities must regularly reflect on whether they have the right teaching and assessment methods in place and transparent and robust processes in place for students and staff to address any concerns.
As a validator of 113 schools worldwide the RIBA recognises our own role in upholding standards. We are continuously reviewing our course monitoring and validation processes. Indeed we are currently exploring a new Education Code of Conduct for validated institutions, similar to the RIBA Code of Practice for Chartered Practices.”
Notes to editors:
- Media contact: Emily.Stallard@riba.org
- The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for updates.