From Clearing applicant to Chartered Member of RIBA


Birmingham School of Architecture and Design graduate Holly Rose Doron has praised the “educational experience” at the School having applied through Clearing, and highlights how this has led to obtaining Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Membership status. 

The 28 year-old from Birmingham now finds herself bridging the “gap between academia and practice” working on “several inspiring projects” with third sector and community end users at APEC Architects, and tutoring second year BA (Hons) Architecture students at the School.

The effectiveness of Clearing

Having acquired a series of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from the School, including RIBA Part 1 BA (Hons) Architecture, RIBA Part 2 MArch Architecture and RIBA Part 3 PG Dip Architectural Practice, Doron praises the diversity of studying architecture at the School and the effectiveness of Clearing:

Industry recognition

The chartered architect has been recognised throughout the industry for her research and creativity. In 2013, Doron was co-recipient of the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises: Creative and Cultural Practice with a prize of £10k to fund an experiment with the micro-practice SWOT[studio]. Upon completion of her Masters course, the academic was nominated for the RIBA President’s Dissertation Medal for her Masters dissertation ‘An Operating Manual for Studio Culture’. Doron added:

“The opportunities for experiential and situated learning are exemplary. The most significant milestones on my CV are a result of a network of extraordinary tutors and students I have met throughout my education at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design. This is what excites me about learning, and continuing to do so through teaching. It is a creative process with inexhaustible potential.

“The School’s links with the profession are excellent. It means students are taught by leading practising architects as well as academics. This bridge between academia and practice creates an exciting and innovative architectural education set within the ‘real’ world.”

Future plans

In addition to her work as an academic at the School, Holly now has plans to work on several feasibility studies of green spaces across Birmingham, the user consultation and design for a new museum, library and archive, and the restoration of a listed building.

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