Architectural Blatherations

Culling Australia's Architecture Academics

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No doubt about it. Australia is grossly overendowed with architecture academics {professors}. We should cull half of them. Read all about it.

They just have to go

We've always felt that the Australian architecture schools were full of fat: lazy tenured academics serving out their time. Until now, we've had no data to back up our suspicions.

We used our extensive database on architecture academics to compile some statistics on how Australia compares to the rest of the English-speaking world.

As you can see in the tables below, the data is clear. The Everyone Else column includes the USA, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, the RSA, Hong Kong and Singapore. We have included a variety of measures (per capita, per PPP GDP, per architect) to show the consistency of the result.

One interpretation of the data is that Australia is blessed to have such a superabundance of architecture schools and academics. As opposed to medical schools and doctors, for example. We are not big believers in the theory that a fecundity of architecture academics makes a nation healthier, happier and wiser.

Nor do we believe that Australia's expansive geography requires a superadundance of taxpayer-funded professors. Canada is as vast, but does not carry the academic paunch that Australia does.

We have a more jaundiced view: Australian architecture schools are full of padding. Culling about one half of Australia's 300 senior academics would bring it in to line with the rest of the world. So: who's going?

The statistics

Indicator Everyone Else Australia
Architecture schools per 10 mil population 3 7
Architecture schools per $US tril GDP (ppp) 10 24
Architecture schools per 10,000 architects 1 1.5
Architectural academics {dons, professors} per 10 mil population 68 156
Architectural academics per $US tril GDP (ppp) 208 544
Architectural academics per 10,000 architects 20 33

You may think the measures are odd, but all we've done is present them so as to remove annoying decimal points. PPP is purchasing parity power. Look it up.

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