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Maintaining access to architecture: a Scottish perspective.

McClean, David; Lamb, Neil; Curtis, Libby


David McClean

Neil Lamb

Libby Curtis


Widening access to education has been a central priority of the Scottish Government since 2010, with the objective of assisting those from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter higher education. Accordingly, the Scottish Funding Council introduced the 'ACES' project that specifically seeks to increase access to the creative arts and architecture. In parallel, a new educational system has been developed in Scotland over the last decade, titled 'Curriculum for Excellence'. Its introduction has raised concerns of underrepresentation in curricular areas such as art and design, and consequently of a potential limiting of access to architecture education. In response, Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen developed a joint project between its schools of Architecture & Built Environment and Art & Design, involving partnerships with regional secondary education providers. This paper explains the ACES project at RGU, and raises broader questions provoked by this work about the accepted orthodoxies for entry to architecture education.


MCCLEAN, D., LAMB, N. and CURTIS, L. 2016. Maintaining access to architecture: a Scottish perspective. Charrette [online], 3(1), pages 19-28. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 15, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2016
Publication Date Mar 1, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 5, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 5, 2017
Journal Charrette
Print ISSN 2054-6718
Electronic ISSN 2054-6718
Publisher AAE: Association of Architectural Educators
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 19-28
Keywords Widening access; Arts; Architecture; Curriculum; Scotland
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