PLACEMENT

Our pool of Placement Providers, drawn from the Practice Network and beyond, support and engage with our students through the Student Placement, a three-day-a-week posting over the first year of study on our Part 2. Join our ever-growing roster of Practice Network members; contact our Engagement Manager, John Nahar (john.n@the-lsa.org) to find out more.

Practice get a huge amount of the Student Placement, which is fundamental to our mission to bring academia and practice closer together to enrich both. Work-based learning is designed to engender in students a greater understanding of their own power as practitioners, while the school provides practices with the space to explore ideas in a rigorous and speculative way.

We place an emphasis on collaborative working among practices and students, with both encouraged to establish links between architecture and adjacent disciplines and industries, and to explore the spatial consequences of the rapid expansion of knowledge in other fields.

STUDENT PLACEMENT
OPTIONS
PROCESS

STUDENT PLACEMENT

Our Student Placement programme is a fundamental part of our unique Part 2 programme. Below is a guide to how the Student Placement process works. If you are an applicant and have any further questions, please email our Admissions Team (admissions@the-lsa.org). If you are from practice, please email our Engagement Manager, John Nahar (john.n@the-lsa.org).

We have provided a glossary of terms to make the process as clear as possible:

Offer Holder – applicants to the LSA’s Part 2 who have been made a conditional offer of study and who have paid a deposit. All Offer Holders require a Student Placement

Student – enrolled students on the LSA’s Part 2 who have formally registered and paid their fees for the coming Academic Year

Student Placement – the three-day-a-week placement which all enrolled students on the LSA’s Part 2 must secure to fulfil the requirements of first year of the programme

Practice Network – the network of 200+ practices that engage with the LSA

Placement Provider – members of the Practice Network who agree to host a Student Placement

Practice Agreement – the formal, signed agreement between Placement Providers and the LSA

OPTIONS

The LSA has established a network of London-based architectural practices – the Practice Network – to provide Student Placements for 3 days a week in the first year of our Part 2 (MArch) programme. There are two routes to securing a Student Placement:

ROUTE ONE: Our preferred route is that Offer Holders who are employed by a London-based practice remain there if the practice declares its willingness for that employee to work part-time within the terms set out in the Practice Agreement

ROUTE TWO: An applicant who is not employed by a London-based practice or is seeking a new employer can seek a Student Placement through the Practice Network as set out below

The LSA matches Offer Holders with Placement Providers where mutual preferences have been met and/or the LSA feels that student portfolios match with practice project portfolios and pipelines. It is not always possible to meet exactly the preferences of both Offer Holders and Placement Providers but participants in the process often find the Student Placement a satisfying, if not fulfilling, professional relationship.

PROCESS

If Offer Holders are seeking a Student Placement in the Practice Network, our robust three-step, placement process operates as follows:

STEP ONE: MATCHMAKING

  • The LSA asks Offer Holders to identify the types of practices they would like to work with and project experience they are seeking via a questionnaire
  • The LSA engages with the Practice Network and wider community to identify practices interested in being Placement Providers for the upcoming academic year
  • From those prospective Placement Providers, the LSA seeks to identify the type of Student they are looking for and the areas in which they might be happy to offer training and development. NB: members of the Practice Network are not obliged to serve as a Placement Provider every year; typically several practices new to the Practice Network contact the school to offer a placement during the annual cycle
  • The LSA has roughly 35 practices that are key supporters of the LSA. Those that wish to be Placement Providers will be prioritised in the matchmaking process. The matchmaking process will then continue with the wider pool until all students have at least 4 interviews. Offer Holders are asked to indicate a rank order of Placement Provider, as well as indicate which practices will not be a close fit for their ambitions in the programme

STEP TWO: INTERVIEW

  • The LSA will define a period within which all interviews must be conducted
  • We ask that all Placement Providers conduct interviews for all Offer Holders with which they are matched and that Offer Holders attend every interviews to which they are assigned.
  • If Offer Holders do not attend all assigned interviews and then do not secure a placement, the LSA will not be able to offer further support in the Student Placement process directly. If students do attend all assigned interviews, the LSA will continue to support them in seeking a Student Placement until one is secured.
  • We ask that Placement Providers do not make provisional offers to Offer Holders directly. The LSA allocates placements internally to ensure fairness (see below for the Confirmation process). Placement Providers are asked to inform the LSA about the outcome of the interviews and indicate their rank order of preferred candidates, as well as those that are not a fit for their practice.

STEP THREE: CONFIRMATION

  • The LSA will then allocate Offer Holders to Placement Providers and inform both parties via email.

NB. We advise Offer Holders to be open to all Placement Providers with which they interview; if an offer is made then they should accept. Any Offer Holder that is made an offer but does not accept a Student Placement will not be supported by the LSA in arranging further interviews and will need to secure a Student Placement through their own efforts.

  • Offer Holders and Placement Providers will engage directly to finalise salary, benefits and other contractual details.
  • Under this process we do not envisage any Offer Holders to be without a Student Placement, however if this situation arises a second round of interviews will take place following the same matchmaking and interview process and the LSA will seek to identify further potential opportunities within the Practice Network.
  • At any point in the process, an Offer Holder may approach suitable practices outside the Practice Network, seeking employment and a Student Placement within the terms set out in the Practice Agreement.

We will do everything within its power to help secure a Student Placement for Offer Holders, but we cannot guarantee this as ultimately the decision to offer a contract of employment resides with the Placement Provider. NB. Offer Holders cannot register as Students unless a suitable Student Placement is secured in advance of the start of the Academic Year.

All Placement Providers are automatically members of the Practice Network and we welcome new members who offer Student Placements. We prefer that all Placement Providers are RIBA Chartered Practices; if you are not, we undertake a simple assessment and interview of the practice to ensure suitability for the programme. For further information, please contact john.n@the-lsa.org.