SUCCESS STORY TO FACILITATE LEARNING, EMPLOYABILITY AND LABOUR MOBILITY IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
The Université d’architecture La Cambre Horta in Brussels, has been the chosen venue for a dissemination and open debate session related project EU-Land21: “Trans-European Education for Landscape Architects” (Nr. 2016-1-LT01-KA203-0232019) funded under the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership programme.
The multiplier event gathered professionals and students from 11 different nationalities to talk about the profession’s education and professional practice future.
After the official reception and Institutional welcome by IFLA EU Tony Williams and ECLAS Simon Bell Presidents, a presentation of the work done so far within the framework of EULAND 21 was presented to public to have feedback and open discussion. The event was moderated by Fritz Auweck who stressed the importance of strategic partnership and innovative use of good practices form the beginning of the session.
The consortium of EULAND 21 gathers universities from Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Estonia and Lithuania, together with International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA-Europe). Therefore the Presentation of the EU-LAND21 project was made by Gintaras Stauskis, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University who condensed the aims, concepts and achievements, by of the learning lines and modules latterly introduced by Jeroen de Vries.
During the second part of the event, the scope was broadened in order to offer a vision of the relevant projects, initiatives and policies both in education and professional practice that could incidentally be related to the Integration of the project into global education strategy and the building up of European Common Training Framework for Landscape Architecture.
Andreja Tutundzic, University of Belgrade, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture was key to give the international background. Moreover a succession short interventions were intendedly displayed covering a wide range of landscape architecture initiatives and ongoing success projects. Firstly Karin Helms introduced us to the European Masters in Landscape Architecture and Nigel Thorne shared his experience as Past Professional Practice President IFLA EU. Secondly, Ellen Fetzer briefed on Landscape Democracy and the International masters in Landscape Architecture while Hermann Georg Gunnlaugsson updated the audience on the current state of the professionals recognitions and future challenges. Urszula Forczek Brataniec stressed the important of the communication of good practices whereas Didier Vancutsem closed with the framework of education and Prof Practice in our host country.
The third and final part of the event, enabled the direct participation of the students and professionals in the audience through a World Cafe exercise around 3 relevant questions for the EULAND21 project.
1.-How education could champion employability for young landscape architects?
2.-How to relate education to international mobility of the young professionals?
3.-How could Labor mobility be improved by long life learning of specific contents?
The attendees where organized in 3 groups that reflected in turn to each one of the topics, moderate by 2 intervenient. Successively moving form topics to topic, building up from the ideas of the other colleagues help to generate debate and an enriching dynamic of networking.
The session aroused interesting points for peer revision of the program as in general Landscape Architecture Education, specially debating on the need for contemporary spatial designers to share knowledge across Europe in order to further develop the professional practice in all its facets.
The final act of the intensive multiplier was inspirational, with a final debate and interaction arisen by the reporting back of the world’s café moderations.
We thank all the visitors and locals assisting to the multiplier event reflecting on how to facilitate learning, employability and labor mobility in landscape architecture for their contributions.
For more information on the project “Trans-European Education for Landscape Architects” (Nr. 2016-1-LT01-KA203-0232019) please contact the project coordinator in Lithuania @ Gintaras.firstname.lastname@example.org