Enduring Design Masterclass, The University of Queensland

The Enduring Design Masterclass is an intensive accredited programme that provides built environment students, apprentices and professionals with a practical understanding of traditional building techniques and knowledge; from timber-framing and stonemasonry skills through to Indigenous perspectives and enduring design philosophies. 

Run in partnership with the University of Queensland, the Enduring Design Masterclass will equip participants with a strong, hands-on grounding in the diverse traditional building cultures of Australia. The programme will reconnect them with the enduring design traditions that have stood the test of time to create valuable stores of knowledge for how to build well; both today and for all ages. 

To preview some of the content on offer in the Enduring Design Masterclass, please see a summary of our two timber, brick- and stonemasonry workshops below.

Applications for the Enduring Design Masterclass 2023 will open soon.

With thanks to The University of Queensland.

Scotland: The Prince's Foundation Summer School

Scotland: The Prince's Foundation Summer School

Prince’s Trust Australia will award two scholarships to Australian students to attend the Prince’s Foundation Summer School in the United Kingdom, where students will learn about the sustainable practice of traditional architecture, building and heritage trades and how these can be applied in the built environment today.

Location: The Prince’s Foundation headquarters, Dumfries House, Scotland.

Dates: The programme will run for three weeks from the 10th of July - 30th of July 2022.

Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this course and anyone is welcome to apply. The course will particularly benefit architecture and built environment students with an interest in traditional architecture and heritage building. The scholarship covers all tuition and accommodation fees.

How to apply: To apply and for more details contact applications@princes-trust.org.au to request an application form. Submissions are due by Friday the 22nd of April.

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England: Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture Summer School

England: Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture Summer School

This five-week Summer School in Classical Architecture provides an unparalleled academic and studio education in the history and practice of Classical architecture at the University of Cambridge. Open to university-level (undergraduate and graduate) students of both practice and history, the programme is designed to offer participants two course options. All students benefit from lectures delivered by architectural historians on the history of Classical architecture from antiquity to the 21st century, paying particular attention to Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical architecture. Leading British architects working in the Classical tradition will lecture on contemporary issues of design and sustainability.

Students of practice take part in studio sessions taught by prominent traditional architects offering students a focussed instruction in sketching, draftsmanship, and design work. Those specialising in the history stream learn to read historical buildings and engage with the primary materials of architectural history such as drawings, manuscripts, rare books, instruments, and construction materials.

This programme runs Monday through Friday for five weeks with several independent weekends for students to explore Cambridge, London, and Europe if so desired. Study day trips are an important facet of the programme and will include site visits to Classical buildings of international significance with special access to buildings, including Sir Christopher Wren’s City churches and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Study trips to notable country houses, architectural gardens, museums, libraries, and Cambridge colleges also make up an important aspect of the course.The Summer School culminates with a studio project and collaborative exhibition in the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art for students of practice and a scholarly symposium organised by students of history at Downing College.

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Sweden: The Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture

Sweden: The Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture

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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Portugal: Premio Rafael Manzano Summer School

Portugal: Premio Rafael Manzano Summer School

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.

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Morocco: Terrachidia Earth Building Workshops

Morocco: 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.

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Travelling Scholarships for Architecture Students

Travelling Scholarships for Architecture Students

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

 Scholarships are available for both the Prince’s Foundation Summer School and the Engelsberg Summer School. Contact us for more information. 

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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INTBAU Australia

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The Prince’s Trust Australia also runs INTBAU Australia, the Australian chapterof the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism. 

INTBAU’s mission is to nurture and expand the global community who design, make, maintain, study, and enjoy traditional buildings and places.   

We achieve this through; 
– promoting sustainable ways of construction globally   
– re-connecting building, architecture, craftsperson,and architect   
– giving an international platform to local design and construction  
– encouraging building, architecture, and urbanism that serve the future of the community and the environment by maintaining a balance between nature and society 

INTBAU General Membership is free and automatically joins you with design and trades professionals in Australia and around the world.

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