A crisis of the profession or education?

Štefan Šlachta


To define the profile of a graduate is a continually pressing problem, which is never settled. A school of architecture should not produce a final product similar to a professional architect but educate in an open way and offer a wide range of information on methodics, legislation, materials, construction and history, and develop artistic and building skills, and to teach ways of communication and solving of issues in an ecologically and socially sound way. In Finland, the system of education in architecture is based on the possibility to choose one’s profile, which requires an open system of education, the cooperation of universities and functioning of the credit system. The education of architects does not end with a diploma thesis but is followed by another cycle.

Keywords: open system, education, architect, profession, graduate profile, crisis