New Postgraduate Course for architects: +2

Date
23.10.2015
Category
Cooperation and business

Together with professional architectural organisations and the Aarhus School of Architecture, KADK is now responding to the much-talked-about request for a postgraduate course for recently graduated architects who want to fast track their acquisition of knowledge and expand their practical experience. The new course, called +2, will be launched in the spring of 2016, and will be preceded by two information meetings to be held in Aarhus on 12 November and in Copenhagen on 17 November.

Over its four modules, +2 will provide the competencies architects require to enable them to devote their time to focusing on the things that are most important: good architecture, good processes and good products.

+2 is a good place for relatively new graduates to accumulate the knowledge and tools needed to practice as an architect, alongside the practical experience they are acquiring through their employment. The education acts as a short cut to working within the field of architecture and covers co-operation and business and project management. It usually takes years to acquire all this knowledge, and it costs money.

+2 is a postgraduate course that complements the architectural, artistic and methodological content taught during the primary Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses in architecture. In combination, these all serve to heighten the professionalism not only of the architect, but also of the company where he or she is working.

+2 provides students with written documentation of the practical knowledge gained, which could be beneficial when applying for positions abroad.

+2 follows the structure of RIBA Part 3, which in the United Kingdom is mandatory for practising as an architect. Though it is not the intention to introduce equivalent validation in Denmark, the course is closely related to RIBA, in terms both of its structure and of its content.

+2 Facts

The first +2 course will be in the form of a pilot project, which in practice means that the participants will provide feedback along the way, resulting in a reduced fee for participants in the subsequent courses. The initial 2+ course is planned to commence in February 2016.

Target group

This postgraduate course is aimed at architect graduates (Master’s degree in Architecture) from the schools of architecture in Copenhagen and Aarhus who have worked as architects for 1 to 5 years and who are employed in an architecture firm.

Structure and content

+2 is a two-year course, which is divided into four modules, each of which is based on a specific theme. Each module contains 4 courses, all of which relate to the theme of the module.

Each module course includes one day of instruction. It is planned that each module course will also include a number of individual or group assignments, and the module will conclude with a test. It is hoped that 2+ will be offered in both Copenhagen and Aarhus.

This postgraduate course has been developed by KADK, AARCH, DANSKE ARK, FAOD and the Architects’ Association of Denmark (Arkitektforeningen) in close co-operation and dialogue with several architect studios, and with financial support from the Dreyer Foundation and GI .

If you are interested in participating in the first +2 course, or if you have further questions, please contact project manager Jakob Brøndsted at jb@arkitektforeningen.dk.