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I am pleased to announce that I have become an ambassador for PLACED. PLACED Ambassadors are a diverse network of volunteer design professionals, including architects, urban designers, engineers and planners, who want to enthuse and encourage young people to better understand …

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I am pleased to announce that I have become an ambassador for PLACED.

PLACED Ambassadors are a diverse network of volunteer design professionals, including architects, urban designers, engineers and planners, who want to enthuse and encourage young people to better understand design in the built environment.

For more information about PLACED, visit their website at:  www.placed.org.uk/ 

 

PLACED was founded in 2011 and delivers activities that give young people an opportunity to learn about the towns and cities in which they live, why design is important, and an understanding of how places are created – from the design of homes to iconic city center buildings, public squares to parks. Creative, hands-on sessions delivered in schools support the teaching across the core curriculum and cross curricular learning whilst developing a wide range of skills including presentation techniques, team working and creative thinking. Activities have clear links across the curriculum and are appropriate for a wide range of age groups, abilities and skills.
 The built environment is an excellent tool for supporting teaching of the curriculum and gives young people, regardless of career aspirations, academic ability or background, an opportunity to creatively apply the curriculum to the world around them. Whether it’s learning how the map reading skills developed in geography are used by planners or how engineers use trigonometry to ensure buildings stand up, activities help young people to draw on their knowledge and apply it creatively within a real world context.

 

PLACED VALUES

To open up the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by architecture and the built environment to young people, regardless of background, ethnic origin or gender, giving them the opportunity to become more informed members of their communities
Support young people in developing transferable skills including presentation, communication, team working and design skills that will benefit them in their studies and as they progress into work, regardless of whether or not they choose to pursue a career in the built environment 
Develop participants confidence and raise awareness of opportunities through communicating career opportunities and educational routes within built environment professions
Support diversification of professions and help to remove pre-conceived ideas about who can pursue careers in the sector through working with underrepresented groups, specifically those from areas with higher than average levels of socio-economic disadvantage, those from black and ethnic minority communities and young women
Provide professionals and students with a structured mechanism to volunteer their time in order to share their knowledge, skills and experience to inform and inspire young people
Provide training, guidance and learning opportunities for professionals and university students that enhance their engagement techniques, thereby improving community consultation in live projects in our towns and cities