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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Announcing successful completion of seminaries series

A new initiative by the Faculty of Architecture WrUT has ended successfully.

The seminaries held between 01.04.2013-30.11.2013  for tutors titled: „Architecture, Preservation of Monuments, Spatial Planning’ dealt with professional issues in English.

Seminars have been co-financed by the Faculty of Architecture WrUT, and a grant from the Lower Silesia province’s target budget.

They aimed to provide scientific presentations and discussion with using English language, considering: technical vocabulary, subject-matter, present day, history, connected with architect and urban planner professions.

The reports – essential and financial – are currently in progress, as well as a feature in the informative publication for county-wide of magazine of WrUT.

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The I and II cycle of seminaries – chosen meetings (fot by. J. Jablonska, 2013)

New VET initiative at Wroclaw Faculty of Technology – Workshop group

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The issues of the workshops will be concentrated on problems reported by various institutions, mainly the city authorities.

The idea of the workshops is to integrate people of different experience, which can be sheared between participants in order to improve and expand their knowledge and creativity. This process will be supported with the knowledge provided by experts, who will be invited to participate.

The aim of the workshops is active participation. Members may gain new experience, learn how to co-operate with others and to solve real-life problems that occur in everyday life of an architect.

The subject of the workshops will be focused on the everyday aspects of architect’s work such as architecture competitions, city development plans, social projects and other issues that occur due to needs of public institutions.

The participants are grad students and postgraduates of Faculty of Architecture WrUT. The other group that has been invited to participate are graduates who jet do not have a professional license.

Interdisciplinary profile of workshop will be provided by invitations of students from other faculties as sociology, economy, policy, planners – as many as needed to give a proper solution.

The tutors who have been invited to participate in the workshops are young architectural studios owners who would like to share their work experience but also know how to get commission, co-operate with other architects or work in a team.


MADEGrads run CV workshop

Yesterday MADE was buzzing with graduates looking to find work.  Whilst not strictly about training this event was to prepare them, now they had completed their studies, to find work.

Expert professionals from across the built environment disciplines gave up their afternoons to advise graduates on how to improve their CV’s and prepare for interviews.

They will be a useful group to keep in touch with to understand the barriers to the workplace

MADE Grads CV Workshop

MADE’s website has more information here 

Alternative routes for architecture

Stumbled across this interesting question asked by the Architectural Review

Are architecture schools housed within the state-controlled university system really the best place to create the next generation of architects?

101 things I learned in Architecture schools

In the article Will Hunter makes a urgent case for a new school of architecture, arguing that in the world of work practices are already evolving to meet the changing demands of the construction industry and word beyond – and so too must architectural education.

He suggests ‘if architecture students need to learn more about how to operate in the real world, why not provide a route for their education outside the university campus altogether?’

This blog will be looking at some of these alternatives, not as a replacement, but a complement to formal education – do you know any more? in the words of Will Hunter.

‘What would a new architecture school designed for these new types of practice look like?