Name: Kate Fawkner Practice: Chapman Taylor When did you get Part 2? 1992 When did you get Part 3? 1993 Where did you study for your Part 1 and Part 2?
Cambridge University What projects have you recently been working on?
The retail-led, urban regeneration project in the centre of Bristol (Broadmead); the tender and competition bid for the regeneration of the area around the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea; and the refurbishment of two hospitals at Horsham and Crawley What CPD did you undertake in the last year?
Last year I organised a study tour to Germany and Italy to carry out research into glass grid-shell roof systems for our Broadmead project. We took the entire project team (including clients, consultants and an artist) to Berlin, Stuttgart and Milan to take a look at various glass roof designs. Prior to the trip, we had very little idea of what we wanted, nor what was appropriate to the external space of a mixed-use, retail-led, city-centre regeneration project. By the end of the trip, we knew exactly what would work for our particular situation, had bags of inspiration and had found the engineer to deliver the specialist engineering required What was most valuable?
Chapman Taylor runs a series of lunchtime CPD seminars, so there is always the opportunity to catch up on specific areas of interest. However, the European trip was certainly the most relevant and had a direct effect on our work at Broadmead What are your CPD plans for the coming year?
To complete the RIBA-approved course in project management. This is the nearest thing to management training for architects. It has been illuminating and a welcome change to benefit from the experience of those working in other industries, and to consider how to apply this knowledge to the construction industry. The course has taught me new skills and given me a better understanding of the way in which some of our clients operate. The course and examination leads to the RIBA Certificate of Project Management and also membership of the Association of Project Managers, which is internationally recognised Is there any CPD you would like that is not readily available?
As you can see, some of the best CPD is DIYCPD. We like to ask guest speakers to come to talk - these are usually consultants or clients and are not approved CPD providers.
It is often a case of someone in the company suggesting a topic or possible speaker, which we then follow up.
Do you find visits to manufacturers worthwhile?
Yes, one has the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of a particular product or technique. However, it usually requires a generous input of time, so you need to weigh up whether the trip is really necessary Tell us about the most valuable I'm not sure about valuable, but the most fun was learning to apply polished plaster at Armourcoat in Sevenoaks. I'm sure a moral could be applied, about architects truly understanding the nature of the work they specify. But actually it was a great day out!
What is your opinion of CPD?
It is an undertaking that a true professional will always carry through - however, it is not always quantifiable. It is certainly easy for me to do so this year, in attending a formal course in project management that leads to recognised qualifications. Quite often, it is the very practice of architecture by which we learn most. In this case, it is quite irrelevant to say that one has attended so many formal seminars in the course of a year What do you think of the RIBA's plans to monitor CPD online?
I personally see it as another administrative task to fritter away more valuable time What are your ambitions?
I have recently moved into healthcare, where we have a small, but thriving, specialist group.
We hope to expand this area of the business, taking advantage of increased investment in this sector - a counterpoint perhaps to the reputation of Chapman Taylor being one of the key players in the retail sector. We are currently involved with Procure21, and we're waiting to see if this will grow to rival PFI as the means to procure healthcare buildings