The first visit of the programme was hosted by MADE in Birmingham, UK in November 2012
View MADE’s introductory presentation here
The theme of ‘VET in HE’ was explored though a two day programme:
The group visited the Architecture department at Birmingham City University (BCU)and had a tour of the faculty from Kevin Singh, Head of School of Architecture.
View Kevins Presentation here
Lunch was at Fazeley studios, an example of small scale regeneration of buildings within a quarter of the city followed by walk through Digbeth, via the edibleeastside project and the new city park to Millennium Point which houses the Planing, Environment and Development faculty at BCU.
The afternoon was hosted by Nicki Schiessel Harvey, MSc ARTPI, AIEMA, Course leader for BSc (Hons) Planning, Environment and Development, BCU. The group played a game of RUFopoly which brought rural urban fringe planning issues to life and then toured the faculty at Millennium Point and heard how BCU use the surrounding area and work on the new BIAD campus next door within their teaching.
The day was rounded off with a atmospheric candle-lit tour of the Coffin Works – a grade II listed factory within the Jewellery Quarter which is being redeveloped by the conservation trust.
We visited staff and students at St Edmunds School in Wolverhampton and heard from students interested in pursuing a career in Architecture. They showed us some amazing models they had created in the technology department and explained how their new school building, being constructed as part of the BSF programme, is being used in their curriculum.