Name Pascale Scheurer Practice Wilkinson Eyre Architects When did you get Part 2? 2001 When did you get Part 3? 2004 Where did you study?
Cambridge for BArch, Oxford Brookes for Diploma and MSc, and London Metropolitan for Part 3.
What are you working on?
A £28 million mixed-use scheme in Bristol and an Exemplar School (based on the model pictured below). I also set up and run our sustainability unit.
What CPD did you do in the last year?
A site visit to see Caltite in use; Disability Discrimination Act training; fire safety;
an update on CDM risk assessments or 'hazard management', as it's now called;
timber cladding; and lots more. I'm chair of the RIBA Young Practitioners Panel, so that involves looking at changes in the profession and at employment law.
What was most valuable?
TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association) timber cladding, because it was directly relevant to my project at the time - so I got the answers to very specific questions.
What are your CPD plans for the coming year?
I'll be focusing on sustainability issues that are cropping up in our projects. Also, new regulations like Part L, new materials and project management.
Is there any CPD you would like that is not readily available?
A comparison of a range of available products to aid selection - this would have to be run by an independent adviser, such as Construction Resources. I would like to see CPD by other construction industry professionals such as project managers, construction lawyers and contractors - a space to debate the issues outside an actual project situation. The industry needs a bit of joining-up. This type of CPD does exist but the cost is often prohibitive.
Do you find visits to manufacturers worthwhile?
Absolutely - at the right time in a project. It is important to understand the process in order to design efficiently.
Tell us about the most valuable.
Well, the most fun was looking at prototype testing for a retail conveyor and sorting system at Vanderlande in the Netherlands - basically a hangar full of mini rollercoasters.
Are you undertaking any further study, whether related directly to architecture or not?
No. But I'm looking at a couple of project management courses and EcoHomes/ Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) assessor training.
What is your opinion of CPD?
You have to keep abreast of new developments in products and legislation. I expect CPD seminars to be up to date, which isn't always the case. The listings should be searchable by product category or theme.
What are your ambitions?
To keep improving as an architect and to engage in a profession that's strong, diverse and forward-thinking. I will continue to develop tools for architects to deliver a more sustainable built environment, by focusing on the obstacles to delivery industry-wide and throughout the construction process. Maybe I'll be offering that as CPD in the future.