Project summary – July 2014

The project “Architecture Vocational Learning Network” was developed by five partners, among them: two architecture centers – Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment (MADE) from United Kingdom and Colaborativa from Spain – two universities – Wroclaw University of Technology (WrUT) from Poland and Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre-Horta, Université Libre de Bruxelles from Belgium – and a vocational training organisation – Vuste-Envis from Czech Republic.

During the project this group formed “Architecture Vocational Learning Network” (one of the long-term legacy of this project). The network worked together closely, through the five seminars, each hosted by different partner, combined with regular on-line communication, blog posts, LinkedIn platform, mailing and video-conferences.

The partners collaborated on: investigating current issues of vocational educational training (VET) in Europe (effect in a form of a report), establishment of common approaches to VET in the field of urbanism, town planning, architecture, landscape architecture and other built environment professions (effect in a form of a report), actions on support for graduates entering the labour market (effect in a form of a report, lectures, debates, symposium), creating set of guidance and advice on VET for secondary school teachers, VET tutors, higher education public institutions and interns (in the form of a manual). In their own countries they also developed a number of local initiatives aiming to supporting graduates in the labour market, local communities of cities’ dwellers, workshops, trainings, collaboration with employers, exhibitions, local authorities and publications, etc..

During the project partners documented and researched  learning from the mobilities, case studies, visits, interviews, surveys, debates, about different CPD’s, VET, counteracting unemployment, good and bad practice approaches in different counties. Perspectives from internship participants and tutors were analysed, as well as the internships placement situation in Europe. Main focus was also on problems of pupils, students, interns and graduates connected with their professional carrier choice and development during the global crisis in building industry.

Learning from each others experience, culture and exchanging knowledge, partners searched for and pointed towards best solutions which can be implemented in schools, universities and institutions all over Europe. These answers took into account: European context, employability initiatives for graduates held on universities, by architecture centres, in local communities and among young people, framework for placements, minimum common learning elements required in placements and guidelines for supporting graduates in the labour market and more.

Results and effects of this work were published in brochures (i.e. titled: „Architecture Vocational Learning Network. General Information” – both in printed and electronic versions), articles (printed and electronic versions), messages and press releases (printed and electronic versions), web sites, posters, but most of all in a vast document elaborated by the partnership titled: „Report of Good Practice for Vocational Architecture Training” (printed and electronic versions).

This publication contains: general information about project and participants, information on research context and elaboration on all aforementioned problems and issues that were analysed by all partners together. The report aims to offer a useful perspective for those involved in architectural education – as either a student or graduate or as a teacher. By bringing together best practice from multiple perspectives within VET, providing analysis for common themes and approaches and signposting initiatives this report aims to encourage closer links between VET and the world of work within the field of architecture and related disciplines.

The future development of pan-European “Architecture Vocational Learning Network” is planned by formal and informal contacts and activities formulated between all participating organisations, constant working on blog started during the project, as well as through the on-line tool “#EuropeanArchitectureNetwork – Map of pan-European Architecture Network of Initiatives”.

All aforementioned publications and interactive applications are public and free of any charge and can be accessed by project’s web site: Printed versions of brochures and „Report of Good Practice for Vocational Architecture Training” were sent to relevant institutions and distributed within the partners organisations as well as their colleagues and networks.


5th Mobility upcomming

5. 7-9 May 2014. Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology

On 7-8 th of May 2014 there will be a meeting held by Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology. The programme of seminar will be focused on showing Partners: cities’ vibrant history and heritage, urban problems and issues, revitalisation of chosen districts, initiatives and organizations helping young graduates at finding employment and promoting architecture, VET activates on University and outside, support from academics towards youngest part of society and events aiming at activation of local communities.

The seminar will start with „Old City Walk” including visit to: St. Elizabeth Church, Market Square, City Hall, “Solny” Square, Office building designed by Hanz Poelzig in 1911 r. on Łaciarska 3 St., Kameleon – designed by Erich Mendelsohn. It aim on showing one of the oldest part of the city with a highlight on its Polish, Czech, Prussian, Jewish and German (among others) heritage and development under different administrations. Planned “Modern and Contemporary Wroclaw” meeting, taking into account Centenial Hall, Four Domes Pavilion, WUWA world’s exhibition site, Market Hall, Water Power Plant, Kosciuszki Square, Renoma and its expansion, Capitol and its expansion and Sky Tower as well as visit to Contemporary Musuem, will be elaboration on cities’ problematic and development during modern and contemporary period.

Open International Symposium “Supporting Graduates of Architectural and Building Professions in their Entrance into the Labor Market”, held in the Lowersilesia Chamber of Architects headquarters on Wróblewskiego 18, the meeting with representatives of local and regional authorities, press, tutors, students, members of local organizations and initiatives and journalists, will be summing up and closing this Leonardo project. It will start with presentations of outcomes, conclusions and achievements of partnership. We will elaborate on our effects and publications, like: Report of Good Practice, Interactive Map of Initiatives and Practice Manual. After speeches form partnership members, there are planned several statements from representatives of organizations and initiatives starting form “Krzywy Komin” – the Professional Development Center focused on VET training connected to art, crafts and design, followed by “Łokietka 5” an organization concentrated on Revitalisation of Nadodrze district in Wroclaw, working with local community, students and elderly. We will have also opportunity to learn about architectural competition within the FA of WrUT on Energy-active architecture, as well as about Lower Silesian Festival of Science with workshops for youngest on architectural issues. The promotion of architecture in the region as well as architect’s best works will be presented by Association of Polish Architects department Wroclaw in their held yearly Architectural Festival DOFA. We are hoping for presentation on architecture for homeless, project researching possibilities of use of paper as a building material and aiming at preventing homelessness. The meeting will be closed by statements from local authorities, chairmen of Convent – Social Council of FA WrUT and authorities of FA WrUT.

During the meeting at headquarters of FA WrUT at Prusa 53/55, our guests will have an opportunity to see the work of 3D scanning and historic conservationlaboratories, 3D printers workshops, as well as student exhibitions. Afterwards a series of lectures and meeting with students is planned, starting form international practices experience, continuing with presentations from members of partnership. We hope that our students will take this opportunity to learn about VET and ways of developing their future professional carrier.

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Shape My City

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The Architecture Centre, Bristol is looking for 14 – 19 year olds from Bristol who would like to take part in an exciting new place-making project.

Shape My City aims to help young people understand how places work and how they can be improved. It is an opportunity for young people to get involved with city developments, debate real life issues and gain new skills and confidence.

Participating in the project would mean:

  • Working with architecture, planning and local government professionals
  • Working with architecture and planning students
  • Taking part in workshops between Feb – Nov 2014
  • Getting to a City centre location – refreshments and travel expenses are provided
  • An opportunity to get Arts Award accreditation
  • Gaining valuable experience to enhance college/university applications

Shape My City is open to anyone who is interested, but aims to actively encourage girls and young people from B&ME backgrounds to get involved.

For more information, see the programme page.

Training with ICE


The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a registered charity that strives to promote and progress civil engineering.

Thomas Telford Training (‘TTT’) is wholly owned by the Institution of Civil Engineers. 100% of its profits are re-invested back into the ICE to fund activities that advance the knowledge, practice and business of civil engineering and promote the civil engineer’s global contribution to sustainable, economic growth, and ethical standards.

TTT seeks to develop excellent engineers. To achieve this they offer an industry-leading range of training services.

For more information, visit the Thomas Telford Training page.

‘Inspire Scholarship Scheme’ with bConstructive


bConstructive brings together information that can help lead to a rewarding and exciting career in the construction industry.

Through bConstructive, young people can apply for apprenticeships and find out what working in construction is really like. Find out more and apply on the apprenticeships page

bConstructive is also involved with the Inspire Scholarship Scheme. The scheme is to support undergraduates who want to work in the industry in the Contracting Sector, with the scholar receiving £1,000 per annum for up to three years. Scholars should expect to work with their sponsoring employer every summer to gain valuable paid work experience. 

Find out more on the programme page

Building for the Future


The Architecture Centre, Bristol is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that champions better buildings and places for everyone.

The Centre has the experience and expertise to support the delivery of the Construction and Built Environment Diploma (CBED) – a national qualification for 14-19 year olds.

The Building for the Future programme aims to support the delivery of the CBED by:

  • Contributing to local consortia steering groups
  • Networking with local built environment industry professionals
  • Delivering design workshop events with involvement of local BE professionals
  • Development of relevant teaching resources to support the Architecture/Design/Sustainability elements of the course
  • An inspiring visits programme to interesting regional buildings/schemes
  • CPD opportunities/support for teachers delivering the CBED
  • Strategic support/dissemination both locally and national via RIBA, CABE and Architecture Centre Network

For more information, visit the programme page.

Also, contact the centre on:

To find out more about the Construction and Built Environment Diploma visit:

Career Support with the RTPI


The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.

The RTPI has a number of VET initiatives to help those in the planning profession find employment, legal advice and even guidance on starting a business. Their aim is to help their members through key points in their careers.

For more information visit RTPI’s Career Support page.

For students and graduates in the planning profession, the RTPI recommends that graduates approach employers through the RTPI Linked In group.

For more information, visit the RTPI’s internship and work experience page.

Accelerate into University with Open City

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Open City is London’s leading architecture education organisation. They champion the value of well-designed places and spaces in making a liveable and vibrant city, and the role everyone plays within it.

Accelerate into University was launched in 2012. This free pioneering programme for students in Year 11 and 12 at London state schools is aimed at those who would benefit from mentoring and skills enhancement, to support their ambitions to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment.

So far Accelerate into University has enabled forty four, young Londoners aged 15-17 years to reach their full potential and improve their access to Higher Education across the Built Environment shaping professions. 85% of the year 12’s that participated have gained conditional offers to study architecture and related subjects at university, including UCL, Cambridge, Cardiff, Manchester and Westminster.

For more information, visit the programme page.

Or for general information, visit the Open City website

‘ArchiGRAD’ helps graduates into employment


ArchiGRAD began in 2010 as a response to the increasing number of unemployed graduates in the built environment. The scheme is in association with Northern Architecture, +3 Architecture, Northumbria University and Newcastle University.

In 2012, ArchiGRAD launched Summer Schools, getting 36 university students work experience with local practices.

Currently, GRADs are involved in the following activities:

  • Design projects
  • Research projects
  • Portfolio Speed Dating
  • Individual portfolio tips
  • Social events
  • Competitions, internal and external
  • Access to other consultants
  • Access to office CPD events
  • Live Builds
  • Presentations to real clients

For more information and to get involved, visit the ArchiGRAD website

Or to contact Northern Architecture, who support the scheme:



Birmingham City University’s Co:LAB (collaborate+Practice) is an innovative teaching module combining undergraduate and postgraduate students from both architecture and landscape disciplines, to produce a dynamic ad cross-disciplined cohort as well as encourage peer to peer learning.

It seeks to directly engage students with industry, individuals an groups outside their discipline area, engaging with a broad creative network with real-life learning experience.

You can find out more about the projects they get involved with here

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