Student projects are rarely truly ‘live’ in the way that professional projects are, but normally have some element of reality embedded in them. The legacy of apprenticeships and the old master/pupil relationships that previously existed in the training of architects have had an influence on the structure of architectural education today. The act of learning by doing gives you instant feedback in terms of the visual and physical result and this allows you to do it better the next time. Just as music students rehearse for a big concert, architecture students working on a project in the studio are getting ready for their first commission. Today the design studio is central to most systems of architectural education and practice. The more you practise, the better you get.