“Autodesk are proud to be assisting students on The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme by offering our expertise in the building design industry and supporting the students to become work-ready”.
The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme and Autodesk are partnering to deliver a FREE 4 day workshop to aspiring young architects. Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and is providing its expertise as an in-kind gesture to the Trust. The Building Futures Programme supports young students, 16-30 years of age from Black Minority and Ethnic backgrounds who live in London and wish to pursue a career in architecture.
“Autodesk are proud to be assisting students on The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme by offering our expertise in the building design industry and supporting the students to become work-ready.
Currently a lot of school leaders are taking advantage of the free software that is available, which ranges from BIM tools for building design and construction, to 3D mechanical CAD and visualisation software that Autodesk offer. However there is still a big role for the industry to play here when it comes to inspiring the next generation, which is why Autodesk are stepping up to assist these students on their educational experience.
While we are moving in the right direction – especially in terms of government initiatives – more needs to be done. More companies need to get involved with institutions, charities and education to really drive the understanding of what is required to sufficiently train our future workforce and bridge the skills gap. ”
UK & CEE Manager- Autodesk Education Experiences
Daniel Wood who is the Autodesk Trainer that will be delivering the workshop has also donated much of his own free time liaising with The Building Futures Manager to deliver a unique tailored workshop for the young attendees.
“Working with Autodesk and SLCT I feel privileged to have been invited and to be a part of such a great cause I am more than happy to use my personal time and pass on my knowledge of a research project on BIM with joint collaboration with Professor D, Morton.
The more applied skills within using software such as Revit (Autodesk) can benefit Architecture and Architectural Technology students greatly for their pursuit to careers in (AEC) industry. There is a shift within modern architectural practice with a large emphasise on computational design within the aspects of BIM. This emergence has led to an exciting new era within how we design buildings and how we create our sustainable built environment for the next hundred years plus.”
The workshop, which is now fully booked, is being hosted at Ravensbourne University, who have been kind enough to provide one of their I.T rooms free of charge to The Trust. The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme have been supporting architecture students at Ravensbourne by providing them with access to work experience placements within architecture practices and access to professional mentors.
Idrees Rasouli, Head of Programme (BA Hons IDEA), Ravensbourne
“To maintain the innovative strength of the field of architecture, it’s important for our students to keep up with the cutting edge technologies that are being used in the industry.
This partnership draws upon Ravensbourne’s ethos and our core strength of highly interactive teaching and learning. Education-focused training supported by Autodesk will lead to new learning environments for students at the Department of Architecture, and we are delighted to be part of and support this collaboration, the makings of a great alliance are in place”.
Neil Onions, Building Futures Manager,
“The Trust is thrilled to have the support of Autodesk whose expertise in the area of building design will be invaluable to our students. One of the many barriers that face marginalised young people is the lack of access to opportunities, whether that’s due to affordability or simply the lack of awareness of such opportunities. By working in partnership with both Autodesk and Ravensbourne we are able to begin to address some of the barriers that young students face, and provide much needed opportunities. I hope it’s the beginning of more to come”.