Oxford Brookes at leading edge in development of new Architect Degree Apprenticeship

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

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This month, employees from leading architecture firms will begin a new Architect Degree Apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes University.

Oxford Brookes is one of just five universities in the UK to offer to the degree apprenticeship at level 7 - the equivalent of a master’s degree.

The Architect Degree Apprenticeships programme at Oxford Brookes has been developed as part of a new initiative for architecture education offering an alternative, socially inclusive route into the profession.

The programme offers firms the opportunity to support their employees who have completed Part 1 training to become registered architects and who want to achieve Part 2 and 3. On completion of the course, apprentices can then apply to become a Registered and Chartered Architect.

The degree apprenticeship allows architecture firms to apply for levy funding to meet the costs of sponsoring graduate trainees.

Our unique programme focuses on collaborative research and development; linking academia and industry in order to drive industry innovation and provide a platform for educating the next generation of architects for our rapidly changing industry.

Karl Kjelstrup-Johnson, Programme Lead for Architecture Degree Apprenticeship Level 7, Oxford Brookes University

Karl Kjelstrup-Johnson, Programme Lead for the Architecture Degree Apprenticeship Level 7 at Oxford Brookes University said: “The School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University has been instrumental in driving the development of an alternative route to the traditional Part 2 and 3 qualification. Our unique programme focuses on collaborative research and development; linking academia and industry in order to drive industry innovation and provide a platform for educating the next generation of architects for our rapidly changing industry.

“We are excited to be at the leading-edge in the development of this apprenticeship programme, which is set to offer a paradigm shift in architectural education. We are delighted to welcome the first students to the course."

In late 2016, a group of 20 architectural practices, led by Foster + Partners, began work on a new, modern architecture apprenticeship. The scheme was developed in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and schools of architecture at UK universities, including Oxford Brookes University.

Kudzai Chirimuuta, Architectural Apprentice at Foster + Partners, completed her undergraduate degree at Liverpool University. Her particular interests lie in the social responsibility of architects and their role in humanitarian projects. She said: “Since I graduated I have worked for a housing association and in the charitable sector. Both provided an opportunity to be on site and see the results of my work.

“I was really interested in completing the Architect apprenticeship as it allows me to complete my academic and professional study while keeping a real world focus through my role at Foster + Partners.”

Scott Brownrigg is sponsoring two employees to take the Degree Apprenticeship. Helen Taylor, Director of Practice at Scott Brownrigg said: “We are very excited to be supporting our pilot group of architecture apprentices and look forward to working closely with Oxford Brookes on their innovative, integrated training programme.”

The School of Architecture has long been recognised as one of the best in the UK and offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, in addition to the Architecture Degree Apprenticeship.

More information about the Architect Degree Apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Architecture webpages.