Healthy Design and Creative Safety

A team from Sheffield School of Architecture has published a report exploring best practice in health and safety teaching for undergraduate architecture students.

‘Healthy Design and Creative Safety’ was produced on behalf of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The report, which can be freely downloaded from the HSE and RIBA websites, identifies innovative health and safety teaching approaches and promotes the sharing of ideas and teaching materials between schools of architecture.  It concludes that a consideration of ‘buildability, maintainability and usability’ at all stages of the design process is likely to be more engaging and better understood than using the term ‘health and safety’.

Philip White, HSE’s Chief Construction Inspector said: “This report identifies that there are many positive things schools of architecture are doing to include health and safety as part of their students’ education, and this is heartening. Some very sensible approaches are being taken, and the report provides a useful framework for how this work can be developed.”

The research team for the project was Leo Care, Daniel Jary and Dr Rosie Parnell.

Sheffield School of Architecture Profiled in the AR

Sheffield School of Architecture is profiled in the June issue of the Architectural Review as the subject of their monthly Pedagogy section. Every month the AR chooses a school to profile that they judge to be distinct in its field. SSoA is only the second school in the UK to be profiled alongside other international schools. Focussing on Live Projects and the ‘liveness’ inherent in much of the school the article describes the emphasis the school places on the “practical involvement in making architecture – whether that architecture is a building, a development process, or a social formation designed to engage in urban change”. They illustrate this with the work of two of last year’s Y6 MArch students, Rebecca Hinkley and Phil Etchells, tracing the way in which their projects built on Live Project experience  and are “steered by a concern for architecture’s social implications”.