How can we best prepare students of design for the world of practice?

Friday, 28th September, 2018

How can we best prepare students of design for the world of practice?

Welsh School of Architecture tutor Kate Darby has been invited to speak at the 2018 Timber Expo about the use of timber in her practice and her experiences of teaching architecture.

She has been invited by TRADA (The Timber Research and Development Association), which is an international membership organisation dedicated to inspiring and informing best practice design, specification and use of wood in the built environment and related fields.

Kate will be part of a panel session discussing how we best prepare students of design for the world of practice chaired by Gary Newman, CEO of Wood Knowledge Wales.

Kate is an RIBA chartered architect and principal of KDA (Kate Darby Architects). She studied architecture at the Bartlett and the Architectural Association, and has combined practice with teaching and research since 1997. She is currently a 5th year unit leader at the Welsh School of Architecture. Her practice KDA aims to make bespoke buildings that are locally distinctive and particular to the needs and characteristics of each commission. KDA won the Architects’ Journal Small Projects Award in 2017 with Croft Lodge Studio.

The Timber Expo is a three day event for architects, merchants and housebuilders dedicated exclusively to timber, which is gradually taking over from steel and concrete as the universal building material of choice in the 21st century. The Expo is being held at the NEC in Birmingham from 9th-11th October 2018.