Dance is a form of cultural expression with the choreography being a conversation with no words, it has the ability to connect civilizations, breaking down the language barrier. As humans we need socialise and feel connected. Dance provides the opportunity to do this, a means of escape from the shackles of the COVID-19 pandemic, a physical therapy where one can express themselves freely. ‘Palacio de Baile’ (literally translating from Spanish to ‘Dance Palace’) is a dance performance venue in the heart of the tourist town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, on the site of an old disused BHS store, a stone’s throw away from the famous Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre.
The notion of a dance hub derived from my passion for salsa, a social dance which can bring together a community and strengthen pre-pandemic ties, yet little places are left to accommodate dances like this with the decline of ballrooms and dance venues around the world.
The L7 Architect Degree Apprenticeship is an integrated apprenticeship, which incorporates a programme of academic and workplace learning and assessment with an End-Point Assessment (EPA) to test the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the Architect Apprenticeship Standard. The first three years of the Architect Apprenticeship lead to the award of Master of Architecture (MArch) Architecture in Practice, in which you will: develop design and communication skills; extend your knowledge of theoretical, socio-economic, historic and cultural factors affecting architectural design; advance your appreciation of technology and construction methods; and develop knowledge of management, practice, and law. The final year of the Architect Apprenticeship (leading to a PGDip AP award) will require you to address the challenging and rapidly evolving world of architectural design and practice, and to examine self-critically how they can most effectively contribute ‘value’ (in numerous senses of the word) to the built environment.
The Architect Apprenticeship has been designed to meet professional, institutional, and academic requirements, aiming to meet the expectations both of our two PSRB organisations (ARB and RIBA) and of the local and regional employers from whom we seek to attract apprentices. The University is currently seeking ARB prescription for the programme, and once that is achieved, we will for the RIBA’s validation too.