On Monday 16th October Council of Management member Mark Jack was invited to represent the IDE at Wolverhampton University where he attended an Evening with George Clarke.

The Event was held in the University of Wolverhampton’s newly refurbished Chancellor’s Hall, within the iconic Wulfruna Building.  Attending the event were Architectural firms, education providers, Local Government and various businesses.
The evening was opened by Professor Nazira Karrodia (Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering) who spoke about the New Springfield Campus. The new campus which is being constructed on the former Springfield brewery site is being transformed into Europe’s largest specialist construction and built environment campus bringing together businesses and the education sector to maximise impact on the economy. Since its purchase in 2014, the derelict site has been rejuvenated into a centre of excellence for construction and the built environment, delivering an unbeatable skills pathway for construction education and training from the age of 14 to senior professionals all designed to address the national skills shortage of engineers and construction workers.

George Clarke was next on stage and spoke about how he became an architect, his apprenticeship, his current architectural businesses and how he got into TV. George also spoke about his educational, research and development organisation MOBI (Ministry of Building Innovation), MOBI’s mission is to inspire new generations in to the building profession and fundamentally transform the way we think, design and construct homes both in the UK and abroad.

Mark commented “I spent the evening chatting with some Architects from BM3 who were sat on my table discussing modern architecture and trying to convince them that there is a need to consider demolition when designing buildings of the future, the evening was both informative and enjoyable.”

The IDE would like to thank Wolverhampton University for their kind invitation to this event.