New European Bauhaus event

ARISE at ACE Conference on Upskilling x (Education + Practice) - New European Bauhaus


On Thursday 20 April 2023, Paul McCormack, ARISE project manager will present the project's first results and the upcoming pilot actions at the Architects Council of Europe (ACE) free Conference on Upskilling x (Education + Practice) - New European Bauhaus. 

In the framework of the European Year of Skills 2023, the European Union aims to promote a mindset of reskilling and upskilling, in order to boost the competitiveness of European companies and help them to realise the full potential of the digital and green transitions. Skills and competences of building professionals lie at the heart of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) – a beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive built environment can only be the result of the work of skilled professionals, in the construction sector, but also throughout administrative and policy decision-making processes. We need to train a generation of professionals that adheres to NEB values and is capable of achieving its ambitions.

The one-day conference will discuss what are the skills, methods, and pedagogies needed for a flourishing and ecologically beneficial architectural practice that addresses the challenges of our turbulent twenty-first century.


The day programme can be found here.

Register for the day here.

The event will be also web-streamed from ACE YouTube Channel.

French-English interpretation will be provided.

The conference is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union with the support of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta - ULB and VELUX

Presentations and Recordings from the ARISE Partner Meeting, March 8th, 2023

The Open Session of the 7th ARISE Partner Meeting on March 8th, 2023 was titled, 'Learning bites on green and digital skills for the built environment'. This event held in Brussels included a presentation on 'BUILD UP Skills-enabling skills along the building value chain' by Ms Amandine De Coster Lacourt, Project Advisor at the European Commission-European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, (CINEA).
ARISE Programme Manager Paul McCormack also gave an 'Overview of the ARISE project'. A number of the ARISE Partners also explained the Why, What and How of the project.

Watch here:


Presentations from the event are also attached.



Learning bites on green and digital skills for the built environment event, March 8, 2023

Learning bites on green and digital skills for the built environment

8th March 2023 - 14:30 - 16:00 (CET)

Event, Auditoire V. Bourgeois – Flagey, Brussels - BE

Moderator: Ruth Schagemann, Architects Council of Europe (ACE) president (TBC)

Registration here.


14:30 - 14:35 Welcome and opening words
Master of Ceremony- Ruth Schagemann, Architects Council of Europe (ACE) president 
14:35 - 14:45 Words from the ULB dean
Prof. Marcelle Rabinowicz - The Dean of the Faculté d'Architecture La Cambre Horta-ULB  
14:45 - 14:55 Continuous Professional Development courses for architects in Belgium

Steve Lannoo at NAV (Flemish architectural organisation)

14:55 - 15:05 BUILD UP Skills: enabling skills along the building value chain
Amandine LACOURT - Project Advisor at European Commission - European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)
15:05 - 15:10 Overview of the Arise project
Paul McCormack - Belfast Metropolitan College
15:10 - 15:20 Why: European skills framework
Anna Moreno - BuildingSmart Italy
15:20 - 15:30 What: BIM task-based qualification framework and Units of learning outcome
Jaap Kolk - Building Changes, Jan Cronwijk - ISSO
15:30 - 15:45 How: ARISE training and feedback session
Barry Mcauley, Ryan Dempsey - Technological University Dublin, Andrew Hamilton, Eduardo Rebelo - Belfast Metropolitan College
15:45 - 16:00 Question and Answers from the audience and closure
Master of Ceremony: Ruth Schagemann, Architects Council of Europe (ACE) president 


Skills and Continuous Education for evolving built environment


The architecture and the construction of the build environment evolves and remodels to correspond to the development and changes of the moment in history we live. New ways of living, new technologies, new construction techniques require new skills and knowledge from professionals in the field.

To date, the green and the digital transformation are the two main drive forces in the design and construction sector. Climate change has made mandatory sustainable, circular and energy efficient renovation and new constructions. Cloud storage, digital design tools such as BIM, and virtual reality provide new ways of working. Internet of things, building automation, artificial intelligence, smart assistants facilitate and change the ways we live, work and play.

After a decline in the growth during the pandemic, the construction sector is expected to grow 3,4% higher than 2021. The architectural market value has also shown positive numbers increasing 23% compared to 2020. The expected growth in the sector for the next few years brings the opportunity for professionals to get involved in training in order to get ready for the market demands. 


The new demands of an ever changing work environment lead also to the development of new ways of teaching and learning. Professionals upskilling need to be easily available, engaging through gamification, direct through task-based learning content developed into micro units. 


In the context of the European year of skills, in this hybrid event, we will present opportunities for life long continuous education on green and digital skills minimising the skills gap and providing a fair and equal chance for all. 


ARISE task based qualification framework

ARISE task-based qualification framework


The ARISE project has developed the qualification framework of sustainable energy skills leveraged by digitalisation including Building Information Modelling (BIM)

It can be used as a structured, but flexible base for skill development. It uses the methodology of developing task-based qualifications and employs the ‘maturity based model of digitization skills synchronized with sustainable energy skills’ also developed by the ARISE project as a main foundation.

Some of the main features are:

  • List of 232 tasks with subtasks, with detailed action-based descriptions for each specialism. 
  • Each subtask is linked to a corresponding Unit of Learning Outcome (ULO) and relevant profession. 
  • It connects maturity levels to skills and learning outcomes so that organisational leaders know what employees have to learn in order to grow towards the next level of BIM and digitalisation. 

In sum, this report portrays the ARISE task-based qualification framework for renewable energy skills with digitalisation as an accelerator. It will serve as a foundation for the e-learning material repository from the ARISE project.

For more information access the report here.

Skills recognition pathway for BIM and sustainable energy skills

Skills recognition pathway for BIM and sustainable energy skills


The ARISE project has developed the maturity based model of digitization skills in sync with sustainable energy skills. The focus is on Building Information Modelling (BIM) aimed at maximising the effect of sustainable energy skills. 

Some of the main features are:

  • The  Units of Learning Outcomes (ULOs) task-based method which allows to determine the skills required cording to the professional profile
  •  The maturity analysis which allows organisations to gain a clear vision on how to proceed in the next steps of digitalisation. 
  • The professinal profiles adressed include the four AEC professions (designers, contractors, clients, and public administration) to encompass the complete building life cycle (design, construction, operation). 

In sum, this report provides a BIM resource and skills recognition pathway that all stakeholders can utilise, deliver and stimulate. It will serve as a basis for the later development of the task-based qualification framework for renewable energy skills with digitalization as an accelerator within the ARISE project.

BIM Coordinator article 2022

ARISE Programme Manager Paul McCormack spoke at the 2022 BIM Coordinator Summit in the RDS in Dublin on September 8. Paul wrote an article for the event, 'What is it that we cannot see ?' Read here:PAUL BIM CORD ARTICLE

BIM Basics article

ARISE Programme Manager Paul McCormack has written 6 BIM related articles in the past year for the Dublin based Building Services magazine. Read article 2 of the 6 here: ARTICLE 2- BIM Part 2

Digitalisation in the Built Environment article

ARISE Programme Manager Paul McCormack has written six articles on BIM for the Dublin Building Services magazine. Article one is 'Digitalisation in the Built Environment'.  Read the attached link.ARTICLE 1-Digitilisation



Anna Moreno from ARISE Partner appointed to directors' board at Building Smart

During the first day of the buildingSMART International Council, which took place in Zurich on June 28 and 29, the members of the Board of Directors were announced. 

Among the new appointments to the Board, we are thrilled to announce the election of IBIMI buildingSMART President Anna Moreno, who commented on her election as follows:

"I have known the interoperability industry for more than 30 years. I served on the ISO TC 184 -SC4 technical committee as an expert on traceability of information regarding materials. I remember my first meeting, it was held in Turin and more than 200 people participated divided into various breakouts: buildings, ships, aircrafts... I asked, "But where are the Italians?" They answered, "You are the only one" and I remained the only Italian for over 25 years. 

So when I decided to found IBIMI, which is our association of BIM professionals, I told myself I didn't want to be alone anymore. Today we are the Italian chapter of buildingSMART and we have about 200 members.  Thank you for this opportunity, it's really nice not to feel alone anymore!" 

IBIMI- Institute for BIM Italy- is a nonprofit association that promotes and supports the digitization of the construction industry, and is the Italian Chapter of the global community buildingSMART. The association is a partner in the ARISE project, leading the WP2 "Benchmarking Energy e Digitalisation Skills"

Sustainable Places 2022-September 2022

ARISE Programme Manager Paul McCormack will be making an online presentation at the Sustainable Places event in September, 2022.