Doing more with less: London’s new architecture school explained

Thursday 14th May, 2015 | 8am-9.30am

Studio Egret West
3 Brewhouse Yard,
London EC1V 4JQ

Architectural education in Britain has reached a crisis point.

Expensive to the point of being unaffordable, teaching is also worryingly out of touch with the realities of working in practice.

Yet while many architects have called for an overhaul of the education system, little has been done – until now.

In a new archiboo season on disruptors, Will Hunter, founder and director of the London School of Architecture (LSA) will talk about why he believes architectural education needs a radical overhaul.

The school, which opens this autumn, will be England’s first fully-fledged independent school of architecture for more than a century.

While it won’t have a permanent home, its business model means it can afford to cut the cost of a two -year diploma while ensuring that its students are embedded in some of the capital’s best studios.

Hunter will explain why the LSA offers a better model for the future: what he means by a 21st Century architecture school, and why the model has the potential to have a far-reaching impact at


Will Hunter is the founder and executive director of the London School of Architecture (LSA). He trained as an architect at the Bartlett, UCL and at the Royal College of Art. He was previously the executive editor of The Architectural Review and editor of the monthly magazines of The Architects’ Journal and Building Design. He has contributed to many titles including Wallpaper*, Blueprint and the Financial Times. He has taught architecture at both London Metropolitan University and the RCA, at the latter as a design unit master and chair of the architecture school’s public lecture programme. He has judged numerous competitions, including the Global Architecture Graduate Awards (which he founded) and the RIBA President’s Medals dissertation prize. He was the creative director for RIBA conference Guerilla Tactics 2014 and is currently editing a monograph on Peter Salter’s Walmer Yard housing project, London (AA Publications).