y HULA y KNIGHT
"STUDENTS of architecture usually start their professional studies at 17 or 18 years of age." So says a very informative pamphlet, "The Architect", published in the "Choice of Careers" series WM. Stationery Office, Is.). "Boys and girls who arc likely to be suitable for careers in architecture often show an observant awareness of their surroundings. and enjoy sketching the buildings they sec. Usually they also show more than average ability in their art studies.
"Ability in modelling. in particle lar, may be a sign of aptitude for
architectural work: it shows the kind of imagination that can grasp the shapes of things in terms of length. breadth and height together. not only the shapes of flat surfaces. Good perspective drawing also shows this kind of imagination. A potential architect should also he able to look at actual buildings in this 'three-dimensional' way . . ."
IF you are a potential architect you can study at any one of 26 arcbitecs tural schools or colleges up and down the country from Dundee to Brighton. Information as to schools and examinations to be passed can be obtained from the R.I.B.A. (Royal Institute of British Architects), 66 Portland Place. London. W.I. Architecture. according to my dictionary, is "building considered us an enterprise of the imagination." The architect is the "chief artificer" or "master builder". This definition of "architect" suggests something very different from the man in the architect's office who makes detailed plans. and draws up precise specifications to be obediently carried out by workmen on the building site.
FRIC GILL. who I
was telling you about the other week, deplored this state of affairs — not so much as it affected the status of the architect, but as it affected the status of the workman :
"It is assumed." wrote Gill, "that workman is incapable the builder's wpable of intellectual responsibility and that. though he is often a 'grand chap' and often of great technical
experience, you can't and mustn't trust him to do anything without measured and precise directions and drawings . . . So you must not