Developing the design skills of development and planning teams through a tutored short course. If you are working in planning or development, how do you develop the ability to manage the design quality of major masterplans? We knew that many of the participants in our CPD programmes wanted to develop their urban design skills but did not want to commit to a part or full-time course. Our response was to develop an intensive, residential 2-day tutored short course.
Over two days Cany Ash, Gabor Stark, Stephen Proctor, Charles Holland and Joanne Cave worked with students from local planning authorities and the development sector to address one of the key questions of our time; how we accommodate growth by extending existing settlements. Developed in collaboration with the University of the Creative Arts, we were based in the School of Architecture and we used a major site in Canterbury as the focus for our work. Studio work was complemented by a series of talks by James Gross, David Richards and Adrian Penfold.
Commenting on the 2016 summer school, Chris Blundell, then Development Director of Golding Homes, and shortlisted for the Wolfson Prize said:
“The summer school provided an excellent opportunity to learn by participating in an exciting design exercise with designers and planners from across the region, led by acknowledged experts.
It was one of the best events I’ve attended in over 30 years”.