How construction could change the world is a virtual careers conference organised by Built Environment Skills in Schools, targeting young people aged between 13 and 17 as well as educators but which welcomes industry representatives too.
The panel of speakers aims to inspire by highlighting the many ways in which the built environment could solve real problems and save the world.
Our chair Cristina Lanz Azcarate (who has recorded THIS video introduction for the event) will be taking part in the “People” section.
“I am very excited to be part of this conference because it was the power that architecture has to change the world that brought me to this profession.
Article 25 of the Human Rights Act says “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family ,…” and I am proud to say i have dedicated my life to being part of the industry which works on making this possible
In my presentation I will share how I shifted my interest from a future in politics to one in architecture but retained my goal which was to create a better world.
I will also explain what I have found most fulfilling in my career and share a couple of projects I have headed which illustrate how the built environment, though collaboration between individuals from different backgrounds and types of expertise, has the potential to create a much better world.
I will share stories of buildings and architects who changed the world by challenging the way we think about the world, and who inspire me.
Finally, I will share with the audience projects carried out by school children which have changed their world to demonstrate that the lifelong pursue of contributing to the world in a positive manner is something worth getting involved with.”
If you have children who could be interested or know someone who does, please share the link
Agenda (taken from the event page)
10am – 11am
Session 1 – ENVIRONMENT
How construction could save the environment. From sustainability to renewable energy, from pollution to wildlife protection
- Our two guest speakers will share their practical knowledge and experience of construction roles that have a direct impact on the ways that we can protect the limited resources of the planet and reach our 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.
11.30am – 12.30pm
Session 2 – TECHNOLOGY
How construction could save the world with technology. From vertical farms to safe cities, from smart buildings to virtual reality
- Our two guest speakers will share their practical knowledge and experience of construction roles that have a direct impact on the ways that we can use innovations in technology to create buildings in factories, and to keep all citizens safe with ‘smart’ cities.
1pm – 2pm
Session 3 – PEOPLE
How construction could save the world for people. From health to housing, from social mobility to sick building syndrome.
- Our two guest speakers will share their practical knowledge and experience of construction roles that have a direct impact on the ways that we can build a better world for people that keeps us mentally and physically healthy, and provides opportunities for our futures.
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Session 4 – EMERGENCIES
How construction could save the world in emergencies. From floods to avalanches, from war zones to global pandemics
- Our two guest speakers will share their practical knowledge and experience of construction roles that have a direct impact on the ways that we can respond to local and global emergencies, and decisions we can take to plan for extreme circumstances.
- 30-minute hosted sessions available to students and educators in between the main sessions. Sessions will include Q&A for qualifications, recruitment and Labour Market Information, technology demonstrations, and virtual work experience showcase.