Trans or Trad – What is the value of a T-shaped Education?

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The Building Centre

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A debate hosted jointly with the Edge to reassess our approach to professional education to address the climate crisis

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Are we preparing the right sort of graduates for the modern construction industry? The challenge for professionals is to break down the silo-mentality to create a more integrated team and hence a more efficient industry. Some might argue that greater integration between design and construction is more desirable. Add to this challenges such as climate change and understanding building physics and the requirement for more ‘T-shaped’ graduates becomes ever stronger. But the attraction for the traditional courses persists due to the value attributed to the identity and culture promoted by the institutions who set the curriculum and accredit courses. The specialist professional degree is something admired around the world. And perhaps interdisciplinary education is better tackled at a post-graduate and practice level in any case. So are the new interdisciplinary courses a small worthy peripheral variation on the mainstream of construction education. Or a revolutionary model that should be encouraged by the institutions to grow? should we be creating a new construction discipline through which educational establishments can attract a new generation of graduates more attuned to the needs of the environment?

Panellists include:

Jane Wernick, EngineersHRW - chairing

Dejan Mumovic, Bartlett Engineering Architecture Design course leader

Maria Smith, Interrobang! Trans-disciplinary practice

Peter Roberts, Principal of the multidisciplinary engineering practice OR Engineers.

Faith Wainwright, Arup

John Connaughton, University of Reading

Chris Stobbart, graduate of Sheffield architecture and engineering course.

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The Building Centre

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WC1E 7BT

United Kingdom

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