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Welsh outlook


Vol. 12, No. 9 Sept. 1925

Architectural education in Wales

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An important branch of the full-time course is
Town Planning and Civic Design, which receives
due recognition by means of lectures by a prac-
tising town planner, who supervises the work of
the students in this branch.
The students also make use of the specialised
instruction which is available in the Technical
College in such subjects as applied Mathematics,
chemistry of building materials, material testing,
drawing from the antique and life.
Thanks to the activities of the School, Wales
was enabled to take a good place in the great
International Congress in Architectural Education
held in London in 1924. On that occasion the
exhibition of students' work from a large number
of countries included an excellent set from the
Welsh School, while its Head was chairman of
the Teachers' Conference.
With reference to extra-mural work, readers
of the "Welsh Outlook" will be interested to
learn that the School of Architecture at Cardiff
has already done much useful service. Mr.
Purchon, who is well-known in this connection,
has given many public lectures in Cardiff,
Swansea, Newport and other centres. The
School has also collaborated with the South
Wales Institute of Architects in arranging public
lectures, exhibitions, etc.
Finally, may I say that while in the opinion
of those competent to judge, the School of Archi-
tecture at the Technical College, Cardiff, would
gain by such an association with the University
as would lead to its students being able to obtain
the degrees they have undoubtedly earned, it
seems clear that the University's gain would be
even greater. For such an association would
also result in the Arts students being enabled to
study architecture as part of a course for either
an ordinary or an honours degree. There is little
doubt that the lectures now being given at the
School of Architecture on such subjects as the
history of architectural development and the
theory of design have a breadth and cultural value
at least equal to those given in other subjects in
the Arts faculties. The advantage, too, to the
other Arts students of association with a group
of students studying a great and living art for
a period of five years, would surely be no small
This new Welsh School of Architecture would
indeed appear to be a force to be reckoned with,
and those who are interested in educational
matters in Wales will be well advised to give it
support. I feel sure that the Head of the School
would gladly give further particulars to any
who may apply to him for them. He would
also arrange to show any visitors the work which
his School is doing. It might even be possible
for a selection of this work to be sent to various
Welsh centres for exhibition purposes.
Formerly Baptist Minister. Now Organ-
ising Secretary to the Welsh Branch of the
League of Nations Union. Has always
been the life of the Welsh School of Social
A man of genius and sensibility, who has
specialised in Welsh cultural studies. The
author of many books and articles.
Director of the Welsh Housing and Town
Planning Association. A recognised
authority on architecture and town
A veteran student of Politics and Sociology.
Contributor of articles to the Fort-
nightly Review," etc.
Barrister and journalist. Formerly on the
staff of the Manchester Guardian."
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