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The mutual benefits of architectural education and industry

Architect Emily Pallot believes that a hands-on, immersive experience is the key to equipping a new generation of architects with specialist insight to excel in this competitive field.

Emily is an associate and studio leader with the rapidly expanding architectural firm Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt. Winners of the 2017 European 'Young Architect of the Year Award' and '2018 WAN Practice of the Year Award - Winner', the practice is passionate about giving architecture students a head start in the industry.

Emily is one of the practitioners contributing to the School of Architecture, focusing on bridging the gap between theory and practice to prepare students for their professional careers. From lectures, workshops, internships and construction site visits, Reading's students are given precious insights into the realities of work life as an architect.

From her own experience, Emily believes that Reading offers a much-needed and unique opportunity for architecture students. Whilst upholding the importance of architectural theory, she deems real-world practice an important tool in putting students' skills into action.

"I'm impressed by the scale and depth of exposure to industry that Reading's architecture students are given – it is truly unique. As an employer, I see first-hand how this will set them apart from other graduates."

She hopes that the strong relationship between Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt and the University of Reading's School of Architecture will enable students to graduate prepared to address the changing demands of the profession. Meanwhile, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt benefit from the opportunity to draw on student talent and work on research opportunities with the University.

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