Building Futures, the think tank of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today launched 'Think Pieces', a series of articles in which key experts and innovators from across the built environment industry are invited to share their personal viewpoints on the future of urban areas and the factors that influence their development.
The inaugural topic for 'Think Pieces' is entitled 'How Will Architects be Educated in 20 years' time' and follows up on the some of the issues raised by the Building Futures report 'The Future for Architects?' released last year.
The first set of think pieces looks at what the architect might need to become in 20 years' time, and the implications for education. They envisage a world in which spatial agents are educated to bespoke requirements, where the notion of the 'profession' has evolved to embrace pan-professional collaboration and research, or where specific specialisms are nurtured and fortified with business expertise.
Contributors to this cohort of Building Futures 'Think Pieces' are:
Appointed to be Head of Central St Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts, a position he will take up in August 2012
Course Director for the masters programme: Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment at the University of Cambridge
Architect: founder and director of Fluid
Professor Ruth Reed is the Immediate Past President of the RIBA and Course Director PGDip Architectural Practice (Part III) at Birmingham School of Architecture, BIAD, Birmingham City University
Dominic Wilkinson is a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. He is President of the Liverpool Architectural Society and Chair of the North West region RIBA education committee
Each contributor will present their personal and often controversial viewpoints on how architects will be educated in the future on the Building Futures website www.buildingfutures.org.uk
RIBA Head of External Affairs Anna Scott-Marshall said:
'We are pleased that once again Building Futures is asking some of the challenging, thought provoking and often controversial key questions about the future of architecture and the profession. One of the main benefits of these 'Think Pieces' and the futures cohorts that will follow, is that everyone is invited and offered the opportunity to challenge, comment and debate on the issues that are being addressed.'