Teaching & Apprenticeships
HTA has an ongoing association with the Manchester School of Architecture co-leading a Housing Unit focusing on a range of topics including Age Friendly Housing, Co-Housing and masterplanning.
Members of our team also lecture in architectural history at South Bank University and we are regular collaborators and critics at the The Cass, part of the London Metropolitan University.
In July 2018 the Institute for Apprenticeships approved the long awaited architecture apprenticeships for delivery in England. The two Standards include: Level 6, equivalent to the Part 1 qualification and Level 7, equivalent to Part 2 & 3 qualifications. Caroline Dove, HTA Partner for Architecture and HR was involved in the Trailblazer Group tasked with shaping the new Apprenticeship Framework and Standards.
HTA currently has one Architecture Apprentice working towards the Level 7 qualification in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University. The programme involves an intensive course of study, as well as a close mentoring relationship with a Senior Architect within the business. HTA aims to offer more apprenticeship opportunities at both Level 6 and 7 in the near future.
Jamie Ashmore and Emma Haward are working with Dr Stefan Whyte and Dr Mark Hammond at Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) to deliver the 5th Year studio/atelier focussed on housing and aging populations (the atelier is called &rchitecture).
The brief for the first semester was to design co-housing on two sites in Burnage and Old Moat, two adjacent areas of inter-war garden suburb council led housing in ownership of Southway Housing (6000 homes). A key element of the brief was how to densify suburban post-war housing, including densification and decant and mixed tenure strategies.
Contact with Southway Homes including a presentation of students work to two middle level managers midway through semester. MSA have discussed with Southway finding a site for construction of co-living scheme based on student work.
The second semester’s brief explores what age friendly development looks like: students are designing age friendly development for an urban block on a site in the Northern Gateway and will input to a set of development principles for age-friendly development.
As before, there is overlap with HTA’s interest in community led regeneration, Built-to-Rent (including focus on BtR for older residents), and offsite solutions for construction. The ambition is for development principles for age friendly development to inform the Manchester Residential Design Quality.
London South Bank - Stephen Lovejoy
Cultural Context 2 is a module for 2nd Year students on the BA (Hons) Architecture course. The module explores the evolution of architecture, in adjacent to the changing complexity of human societies. Starting with the simple shelters of early nomadic hunter-gatherer societies, passing through the organised city layouts of ancient agricultural civilisations, the grandness of renaissance cathedrals and palaces, the machinic modernist structures, through to the complicated and often contradictory architecture of the present day.
Cultural Context 3 is a module for 3rd Year students on the BA (Hons) Architecture course. This module explores the role that architecture plays in people’s lives, through a range of perspectives, including the political, psychological and philosophical dimensions, and other adjacent fields of study, such as urban design, planning and sustainability. This complex web of relationships is explored at a range of scales and a variety of contexts, both historical and contemporary, and various critical interpretations are introduced and examined.
"It's been a challenging experience to deliver the weekly lectures and tutor the students on their submissions, and most of my evenings and weekends are now spent researching and preparing, or reviewing student drafts and submissions. But it’s enabled me to more firmly ground my knowledge on these topics, and revisiting many of the historical and theoretical precedents that I discuss with my students has inspired my daily architectural work. It’s also been deeply rewarding to explain these architectural ideas and perspectives with my students, and help them develop their individual essay submissions. Going over each of the 3rd year’s case studies has also increased my knowledge of recent contemporary architecture."