Gorbing about qualifying as a planner

'They had set up a school of regional association of planning and research in London which was attached to London University and they ran a correspondence course so by 47 I was a qualified Associate of the Town Planning Institute.'

Stevenage Museum

Leonard Vincent, Raymond Gorbing, Tom Carter, Owen Roberts
From the book First New Town by Jack Balchin

Transcript:

 Well I didn’t get a job straight away, because during my time in, Athens when the war was virtually finished, we didn’t have very much to do, I studied planning then as a correspondent, with a course that was going in London. They had set up a school of regional association of planning and research in London which was attached to London University and they ran a correspondence course. Which I did as I say during my time in Athens. When I got home I got onto a course, it was a crash course in London, attached to the university there, to take the final planning exam. That was a very good course with very well known people, running it Rouse, you wouldn’t know them but Rouse, and Jacqueline Territ, it was a crash course.

It meant that we worked all day and we worked all night virtually, then took the exams at the end of the four months I think it was, it was a four months course

So I took the exams, the final exams at the town planning institute and passed, then I got my first job having just qualified as a planner, at the same time I was doing my thesis, architectural thesis which takes about a year after you’ve taken your final exams, so I was doing that as well, so by 47 I was a qualified Associate of the Town Planning Institute and practically and Associate of the Institute of British Architects having just to submit my thesis.

Raymond Gorbing

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