CITA BIM Gathering in Ireland-September 20, 2023

CitA Gathering in Ireland

ARISE will be presented at the CitA BIM Gathering - Accelerating BIM adoption in the session 'Skills Matter - enabling the construction sector to address global energy requirements through Up-skilling '.  This event takes place in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland on September 20, 2023.

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. 


Sustainable Places 2022-September 2022

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


European Sustainable Energy Week 2022

There will be an ARISE presentation at the European Sustainable Energy Week on September 21, 2022 from 12.00-13.30 CET. The title of the session is: Leveraging digitalisation and construction skills towards 2030 energy goals.




BIM Co-Ordinator Summit, Dublin, September 8, 2022

The BIM Co-Ordinator Summit in Dublin on September 8, 2022 will include ARISE Programme Manager, Paul McCormack, Barry Mc Auley from ARISE Partner, TU Dublin and Dr James Harty from ARISE Partner, KEA, Denmark as speakers.








ARISE Webinar-May 18, 2022: Using digitalisation to overcome vocational exclusions for training


The ARISE project are holding an ARISE webinar on May 18th, 2022-11.00-12.30 (CET)


Title: Using digitalisation to overcome vocational exclusions for training.


This webinar will present BIMcert and ARISE toolkits which provides an agile work/learning marketplace where speed and agility are critical and where the workforce needs to be provided with the tools to do their job in a continuous cycle of learning commensurate with the demands of their daily workload.

A BIM qualified building workforce is required across the UK and Europe to meet the energy challenges of construction.

The toolkits ensure that blue-collar workers and some middle and senior-level professionals across the building value chain have the required BIM, interconnect IT and technological skills, as well as practice.

Webinar Schedule


11:00 - 11:10      Introduction–Revolutionising the learning process

Paul McCormack Belfast Met


11:10 - 11:20      Digitalisation accelerating vocational engagement

Barry McAuley TUDublin


11:20 - 11:30      Task Based learning



11:30 - 11:40      Beyond Blended–adaptive learning

Andrew Hamilton/Eduardo Rebelo Belfast Met


11:40 - 11:50      Micro Pathways modules, accreditation and certification

Jan Cromwijk ISSO


11:50 - 12:00      Authentication–blockchain

James Harty KEA


12:00 - 12:10      Measurable success

Dijana Likar IECE


12:10 - 12:20      Summary–what success looks like

Paul McCormack Belfast Met


12:20 - 12:30      Question and Answer session and Event closure

Paul McCormack Belfast Met



Registration link-Registration (

You Tube recording:



EUSEW 2021: Energy Talks 25 - 29 Octobre 2021

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) took place on 25-29 October 2021 under the theme: ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping the European Energy System’.

This year, as last year EUSEW went digital. The event comprised a 3-day digital Policy Conference, the EUSEW Awards, the second European Youth Energy Day as well as 1:1 video meetings, virtual stands and other networking activities. Participants had access to online side events and Sustainable Energy Days, digital events that took place all over Europe.

ARISE project coordinator Paul McCormack presented in the section #energytalk '10 key policy recommendations on #digitalising the #construction sector for a clean #energy #transition'. He explained why the construction industry must empower their staff to enable them to design a digital transformation roadmap for the sector.

Sustainable energy skills in the construction sector joint workshop 2.0 at #SP2021

ARISE H2020 project was presented in the Sustainable energy skills in the construction sector joint workshop 2.0 at Sustainable Places 2021 (#SP2021).
ARISE, CEST, HP4ALL, BIMZEED, BUSLeague, CrafEdu, INSTRUCT, PRO-Heritage, SEEtheSkills, TRAIN4SUSTAIN, the nZEB Roadshow, and nZEB ready projects reviewed the learning units/ training modules developed by each project, presented the target groups addressed by them, shared the progress so far and concluded with future plans.
The webinar was organised in two different parts, the first one addressed a plenary session of the practice initiatives designed to increase skills in the construction sector while a dedicated half-hour encouraged participants to raise their questions to the speakers and build an open debate.

ARISE will develop an on-demand mobile-friendly training project portal forc and sustainable energy in the construction sector. The project will also create a "cryptocurrency" of development skills and learning in the digital built environment to stimulate engagement and quantify skills development and learning.


You will find the registration of the workshop at this link.


You Tube recording: