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Dialogue: David Gloster, Royal Institute of British Architects Director of Education

Author: James Benedict Brown

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David Gloster was appointed the Director of Education of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in September 2006. Prior to his current position, he was a principal lecturer and the postgraduate course leader at the Department of Architecture and Design at London South Bank University, as well as an architect and consultant. As Director of Education, David Gloster is responsible for a variety of programmes that support architecture schools, students and academics. He is also responsible for overseeing the RIBA programme of Validation. The RIBA validates architecture courses at both in the UK and internationally.1 Validation is a peer-review process that monitors compliance with predetermined minimum standards in architectural education. The culmination of the validation process is the two day Validation Board visit to the school, in which a panel composing of practising architects, academics, architecture students, construction industry co-professionals assess the school’s achievement against both the RIBA Validation Criteria and the school’s own academic goals. Reports are published online.2 A heavily revised version of the RIBA Validation Criteria was used by a Validation Board for the first time in September 2011, and will apply to all subsequent validations, which occur on a five year cycle.3 In December 2011, David Gloster spoke to James Benedict Brown to discuss the shape of architectural education.

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Brown, J. B., (2013) “Dialogue: David Gloster, Royal Institute of British Architects Director of Education”, field 5(1), 53–62.

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01 Nov 2013
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