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)

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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.