It has often been suggested that architects design buildings for the criticalacclaim of their peers, rather than for the people who will use and viewtheir buildings.The apparent differences in the appreciation of architecturebetween architects and 'lay' people has been the centre of considerable de-bate in the UK, and this has been further fuelled by royal interest. If archi-tects truly have different standards of appreciation to non architects, then itis most likely that these standards of judgement are acquired within theschools of architecture during the period of architectural educationThe paper describes a cross sectional study of the architectural preferencesof students at two schools of architecture in five different stages of their ed-ucation. Analysis of the students' evaluations of twenty-six examples of con-temporary architecture suggests a developmental trend In architectural ap-prectiation, showing differences in the type of architecture appreciatedrelating to the stage of the students' education. Further, the evaluations made by the students at the two schools become increasingly different from oneanother with each year sampled. These findings suggest a process of sociali-sation within the schools of architecture which instills an evaluative sys-tem specific to the school of training. The implications for architectural ed-ucation are discussed.When taken as a whole the students' evaluations of architecture allow thedevelopment of a model of architectural preferences. When classifying thebuildings according to their own personal preferences,the students gave avariety of explanations of why they appreciate the buildings they do. Howev-er, analysis of the associations between the buildings using Smallest SpaceAnalysis (SSA) shows that the underlying structure of the evaluations isclearly based on architectural style. It is therefore possible that sometraining in architectural history/criticism may help non architects to ap-preciate their built environment more.The potential for further development and application of the model is con-sidered.