UWTSD hosts FBE event at SA1


University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to host an event on behalf of the West Wales branch of the Forum for the Built Environment (FBE) at our new £350 million SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.

The event, was the first to be held at the university’s new IQ building and featured presentations by Professor Michael Fernando, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at UWTSD, Mike Bessell, Senior Estates Manager (Projects, Capital and Asset Development) at UWTSD and Jayne Brewer, head of Employer Development at Gower College Swansea.

Professor Fernando said: "This event provided a perfect opportunity to discuss our innovative learning approaches at Innovation Quarter (IQ) with industry peers. I would like to thank the Forum for the Built Environment (FBE) West Wales branch and their members for this opportunity. Several of the FBE members were integral in the new SA1 development, it was my pleasure to present to them how this new build will shape the learning and teaching environment within the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE).”

FBE West Wales branch chairman Jamie Lannon said: “I am delighted that the West Wales branch of the FBE were able to collaborate with UWTSD and offer the opportunity to run this event at the brand new IQ building, which I feel was a big success and very well attended.

"The feedback we have received was excellent and indicates to me that we need to run more events alongside further education and higher education establishments and it is my aim to make this is a key part of what we can offer.  Our aim at the FBE is not only to bring together like minded professionals from within the built environment, but to encourage students to get involved and I see further opportunities to do that by working closely with other organisations such as UWTSD."

Architecture and the Built Environment at UWTSD spans disciplines, from the perspectives of design, construction, sustainability and environmental impact. Students studying built environment programmes at UWTSD will see first-hand, real-world assessment and, as part of the BREEAM module, will work with contractors, engineers, etc. It takes them away from the academic theory so that students can ask real questions and deal with real issues.

Our design teaching is specialised on building design and specification development, with a strong sustainability focus. We have the possibility to develop innovative block learning for design studio work and modelling. 


FBE is the leading independent built environment networking organisation - bringing together a wide variety of professionals, with over 1000 members nationwide from a wide variety of backgrounds - multinational construction companies, cost consultants, architects and designers, property developers, engineers, planners and consultants, legal & financial specialists and other service professionals.


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