PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FORUMS WITH STUDENTS AND ACADEMICS
We regularly take part in meetings with students and academics at universities. These meetings work for us in two ways –
- Provide us with a clearer insight into current teaching methods
- Enable us to give students and academics an up to date vision of the challenges faced in the modern practice
We hope to influence the ways in which subjects are taught so that students are better equipped when their time comes to find employment.
Our staff share their expertise by presenting lectures.
An example of this is Chris Bracewell, Senior Architect at DWA Architects, recently attended the University of Leeds, as an expert speaker.
Chris was invited to talk about BREEAM – one of the world’s leading environmental benchmarks for ‘green’ projects. As an experienced BREEAM assessor, he was able to talk about BREEAM schemes, their objectives and the implementation methodology within the UK and Internationally.
JOINING FORCES WITH ACADEMIA
Staff regularly share their industry knowledge to help in academia and with research projects.
DWA Architects & University of Stirling
“Designing Balconies, Roof Terraces and Roof Gardens for People with Dementia” –
Through strong links with Professor Mary Marshall, University of Stirling, DWA Architects helped in the creation of a publication which describes practical ways in which new and existing buildings can maximise opportunities for people with dementia to access outside space using balconies, roof terraces and roof gardens.
DWA Architects & City of York University
DWA Architects are collaborating with a team of researchers at the University of York.
Research Project – Architecture, health and social care: a sociological study
The research project seeks to examine the work of architects who design and develop buildings for health and social care. In particular it aims to explore how knowledge and expertise of elderly care is translated into the built environment.
With the help of DWA Architects, the team of researchers will be able to build an understanding of the design of long-term elderly care.
The team of researchers will gain from DWA’s expertise through regular meetings and interviews with our staff and design teams, where they will review past and current projects (centring on elderly residential care).
Research projects such as these help us to establish and maintain strong working relationships with academics at the forefront of research, which helps to foster debate and a reciprocal exchange of expertise.