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RIBA's Latest Student Survey Highlights High Levels of Mental Health Struggles post COVID-19 

RIBA's Latest Student Survey Highlights High Levels of Mental Health Struggles post COVID-19 

A recent study conducted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) examined how architecture students have been affected by the pandemic. Examining 398 architecture students, the COVID-19 survey found that these young adults are under significant stress and are concerned about their future career. In fact, the results highlight that 58% of students are struggling with mental health and almost half are concerned about job prospects.

RIBA has today published findings of its COVID-19 student survey. Questioning “how architecture students have been affected by the pandemic”, the study, conducted on398 architecture students, revealed alarming results. On that note, David Gloster, RIBA Director of Education stated that “the findings of our latest COVID-19 survey paint a concerning picture for architecture students - and those who teach them […] It is particularly worrying to see the impact COVID-19 has had on the mental and physical health of students, and we encourage those struggling to seek help as needed. At this challenging time, students need our support more than ever”.

Read on to discover the major headlines, and check the full survey here.


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Students are under significant stress

  • 58% of respondents told us that their mental health had deteriorated because of the COVID-19 crisis
  • 39% said that their physical health had deteriorated.
  • 45% were feeling isolated
  • 39% were not keeping in touch with their peer group

Job roles have been directly impacted by the pandemic

  • 10% of students had a job offer at a practice but it was withdrawn
  • 9% have lost a part-time role
  • 5% no longer wish to become an architect

Students are concerned about their future career

  • 48% worry about being able to get a job as an architect when they complete their studies

Online teaching and learning is not a replacement for in-person learning

  • 83% stated that online teaching and learning is suitable for only some parts of the curriculum
  • 81% would be put off applying to a course that’s entirely online
  • 58% feel it is good preparation for the digital future

Homeworking doesn’t suit everyone

  • 25% say that where they live is not adequate for them to work in
  • 25% say their equipment is not adequate for the work they need to do

Money is a concern

  • 41% don’t feel they have the money they need to get by and the same amount are worried about their family’s finances

We invite you to check out ArchDaily's coverage related to COVID-19, read our tips and articles on Productivity When Working from Home, and learn about technical recommendations for Healthy Design in your future projects. Also, remember to review the latest advice and information on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

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Cite: Christele Harrouk. "RIBA's Latest Student Survey Highlights High Levels of Mental Health Struggles post COVID-19 " 22 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/950013/ribas-latest-student-survey-highlights-high-levels-of-mental-health-struggles-post-covid-19> ISSN 0719-8884
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