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JTP Help to Deliver Design Training to Local Residents
JTP Associate Andrew Dobson and Architectural Assistant Chris Dancer were invited by The Glass-House Community Led Design to facilitate an evening training session with a group of residents and staff from Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association.
The aim of this session was to provide an introduction to basic architectural and urban design principles for a number of staff and residents who it is hoped will contribute to the Design Forum within ISHA.
The session began with a number of interactive presentations, starting with an introduction to architectural drawing conventions and language, and continuing with ways of considering the interior and exterior of buildings in order to assess design quality. For the second part of the session, the attendees were introduced to a live, case-study project so that that they had the chance to put what they had learnt into practice. Sitting in small groups around tables, working with plans and elevations, the group considered both the internal planning and exterior design of a small mixed-use block in Hackney. The evening finished with a report-back session, providing a chance for the attendees to reflect on and discuss positive and negative elements of the case-study scheme.
Attendees were generally very positive about the training session, and reported that it had introduced them to new ideas and concepts as well as providing them with a sound base for reviewing proposed schemes. The intention is that further training sessions will be offered to the group in the future so that they can continue to develop their skills.
Andrew has extensive experience of residential development in the public sector and has built up a particular expertise in consensus-led masterplanning through a series of estate regeneration projects throughout the UK including Three Estates in Sandwell, West Midlands and the Woodlands Way and Woodlands areas of Doncaster.
The Glass-House Community Led Design is a national charity working to help people make better buildings, spaces, homes and neighbourhoods. They provide independent advice, training and hands-on support to communities and regeneration professionals working together to bring positive and lasting change to their area.
Image courtesy of The Glass-House Community Led Design.