Reid Brewin Architectes might be setting the bar when it comes to retail, office, data centre and SciTech design across France and the rest of Europe – but it’s also important for us to nurture the next generation of architects whenever possible.
That’s why Adrian Brewin, co-founder of our practice, is pushing himself out of his comfort zone and going back to school – by putting his name down to take part in this year’s ‘Architects and Landscapers in the Classroom’ workshop.
“Even though I’m regularly addressing a room full of my peers, it’s quite nerve-racking when the audience is replaced by children – but I’ve always come away from these events feeling very positive and hopeful for the future of our profession!” explained Adrian, “as an Englishman, presenting in French certainly poses a few additional challenges, but it’s all part of the learning experience – for them and me! Wish me luck!”
Architects and Landscapers in the Classroom
Since 2011, this initiative has invited volunteers to get involved in helping and inspiring students of kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high schools to see the wonders of the world of architecture. Delivered alongside the Council of Architecture, Urbanism and the Environment (CAUE), these sessions discuss architecture, the city and its landscape.
Three Ile-de-France departments now benefit from this system – Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis, and Val-de-Marne. Relying on a network of 9,800 architects and 500 landscape designers in the region (via the Order of Architects of Île-de-France and the French Landscape Federation), the CAUEs of each department receive requests and put teachers in touch with each other.
We’ll let you know how Adrian gets on!