International professional practice and global procurement, Muscat

18 April, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:00

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About this event

Procurement - the process of 'making buildings' and shaping the built environment - is a global enterprise that crosses professional boundaries and national borders. The scale, pace and location of global procurement has changed dramatically in recent years, shifting to the growing economies of the Middle East and Far East at a sustained pace unknown in established western economies.

How have architects responded to these opportunities? This lecture will critically review the current models of architectural education and discuss how architects have crossed borders - physically and figuratively - to collaborate in international project teams to deliver world-class buildings. Location is no longer a barrier to teamwork and advances in the power of information technology have allowed the integration of design decision-making and fabrication.

However these new models of working have highlighted the need to develop new professional skills that underpin creative thinking and to further design excellence by growing the capacity of a regional architectural profession that understands both the local context and the global challenges that inspire great design.

The lecture will start promptly at 6.30pm

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Oman Society of Engineers


Stephen Brookhouse

Stephen is Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster in London.

He studied Architecture at Liverpool University, where he won the Lord Holford Memorial Prize in his final year and then worked for a number of architectural practices on complex projects in central London. After completing a postgraduate management degree at Imperial College, London he co-founded a consultancy specialising in strategic briefing, design and project management, working on assignments for a range of international companies.

Stephen joined the University of Westminster in 2001 as the RIBA Part 3 course leader and has since built the course to a position where it is the largest course of its type in the UK. His publications have helped to define professional studies as a separate subject area. His current area of research concerns how architects adapt to the changing world of global procurement and the skills required to maintain excellence in building design.

Stephen lectures internationally and contributes to the profession through his work for the Architects Registration Board and the RIBA.