Coming soon - Australian traditional design and trades course


The Prince's Trust Australia is currently partnering with a major Australian University to create a new educational program that will focus on traditional design techniques and trades. This exciting new program will be the first of its kind in Australia and will introduce students to traditional skills and trades from Australia’s rich building heritage, encompassing indigenous, regional and European influences.

Stay tuned for more details as we plan this exciting new pilot program.

Online: Sustainable Urban Design Course (Free)

Online Sustainable Urban Design Course FREE

Designed through a partnership between the Prince’s Foundation and the University College of Estate Management, this educational series aims to provide insights into how the adoption of a holistic view of sustainable design and development leads to more resilient urban communities. Land use, ecological factors, mass migration and many other sources of stress are affecting community life.

These factors, combined with the need for job creation, mean that we have to find more sustainable approaches to urbanism.

By participating in this course, you will learn:

  • Sustainable Urban Planning Principles
  • Sustainable Transport Design
  • Factors affecting community resilience and cohesion
  • How to create attractive developments that provide generous returns, while contributing to, rather than detracting from, existing communities
  • New technologies for cheap and clean energy production

The ongoing Poundbury development in Dorset, UK, is used as a recurring case study during the series. It is an urban extension of an existing town, Dorchester, which is developed using the principles of architecture and urban planning advocated by Prince Charles in his book A Vision of Britain.

Poundbury is home to more than 3,000 people in a mix of private and affordable housing, and provides employment for around 2,000 people in 180 shops, cafes, offices and factories.

On successful completion of each part of the course you will receive a UCEM certificate of completion for 2 hours of formal CPD. You will be tested with an online quiz at the end of this course. You must achieve 80% or more to successfully complete the course. Additional attempts will be permitted should you not be successful on your first attempt.

Enrol here.


Through the Prince’s Trust Australia’s partners at home and abroad, and in particular it’s close association with INTBAU Australia, there are a range of overseas courses offered by the Prince’s Foundation, INTBAU, the ICAA and more which promote the values of sustainable and timeless architecture, urbanism and building trades in multiple countries from Pakistan and Portugal to Scotland and Sweden.



The Summer School enables participants to develop their knowledge of traditional architecture, design, building and repair techniques and how these can be applied in the 21st century.

Week one of the programme begins in London where you will take part in drawing classes, geometry and structure exercises as well as architectural tours and the study of architectural development and history. In week two, at Dumfries House Estate, you will work together with expert craft teams to learn craft and conservation skills in the fields of timber, hatching, stonemasonry, lime plastering and pargeting. The programme ends with a week-long design workshop, where you will form groups and create a design proposal for a live project, involving public consultations, design modelling and technical drawing. A panel of
stakeholders will choose the winning design, which will be built by participants on one of our building craft training programmes.

Register your interest here.



The Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture is a four-week intensive programme taught by leading practitioners and academics of modern classical architecture.

Practical and theoretical modules give participants both taught and hands-on experience, with opportunities for discussion, debate, and learning throughout. The combination of individual projects, group work, and one-to-one support from tutors provide a unique learning experience for students and practitioners of all levels of ability and experience.

Several visiting tutors lead different projects and lectures on various subjects treating applied classical architecture throughout the four weeks of the course. Along with supervised lessons the tutors give presentations and lectures, which includes examples of their own work; something the students of 2019 expressed as being “incredibly inspiring” and a reminder of the direct relevance of classical form to the contemporary design process.

The course offers an exceptional opportunity to learn from leading experts and a diverse range of fellow students. It is a forum for discussion and debate, a chance to develop and improve skills, and will challenge students to think critically and creatively as well as to produce designs that apply learnings and observations made throughout the course.

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Study local building traditions architecture in a traditional town in Spain. Among many exciting activities, you will help to compile a catalogue or pattern book, to help preserve the area’s local character. This catalogue will reference the traditional building techniques in the area and show how these can be referenced in new builds.

Students will also work towards putting forward proposals to improve public spaces in the town. The course will also provide the students with a fantastic opportunity to improve their technical drawing and measuring skills.

Students will receive tuition and lectures from local experts in vernacular architecture, and engage in exciting excursions to surrounding sites and developments.

Register your interest here.



There are a number of travelling scholarships open to architecture students in Australia and around the world.

The ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship provides an opportunity for students or recent graduates to travel abroad to conduct research on an architectural subject of their choosing. The award of £2,000 supports original research in architecture, architectural technology and urban design.

Thanks to the support of Yiangou Architects, INTBAU also recently announced the opening of its biennial £2,000 travel scholarship to encourage the next generation of researchers and practitioners of traditional architecture, and to support research of clear value that would not otherwise be undertaken.

The closing date for 2020 is 30th April, however further scholarships will be considered biennially henceforward. Applications are sought from full-time architecture students.

Register your interest here.


Terrachidia Earth Building Workshops

A regular Earth Building and Traditional Architecture Workshop is held in the East of Morocco, which has taken place at historic locations like the El Khorbat ksar.

Participants will be able to learn the traditional building techniques of Morocco directly from local masters and be able to put these techniques into practice in the restoration of the architecture of the location, all contributing to the sustainable development of the region.

At the same time, participants will work in researching, recording, documentation and promoting this heritage and local architecture. As well as the building workshops there are a number of other cultural activities that are included in the programme.

Register your interest here.