A successfully completed practitioner-partnership between an architect and teacher is acknowledged as valid CPD by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Teaching Development Agency (TDA).
Architects and teachers can count this activity towards the total hours of yearly CPD that they are required to complete.
Both teacher and architect will enhance their communication and collaboration skills. Working with someone from another profession challenges assumptions and prejudices, offers fresh perspectives and obliges us to look again at our practice. It helps us articulate the work we do and why we do it.
For architects, relevant partnership activity can be considered valid CPD because working with young people offers you skills in:
- Community engagement
- Engaging with young people
- Partnership building
- Effective listening
These are all skills you can put into practice in the workplace. They are particularly valuable for local or community projects, and are key soft skills to be able to demonstrate for school design projects and the government's more localist agenda for planning and decision making. You can also extend your skills in school design by developing an understanding of school organisation, educational language, curricular objectives, teachers' roles and responsibilities and the needs of students.
If you have any questions about this, please contact the CPD team at the RIBA.
Similarly, for teachers, collaboration with other professions is a valuable CPD skill. Working with an architect will extend your knowledge of architecture, the built environment, project management and the commercial environment, and develop confidence and competence to incorporate studies of architecture and the built environment into the school curriculum.