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Architecture school announces first offsite construction course \

The UK’s first dedicated post-graduate architecture course covering modern methods of construction (MMC) is being developed by Oxford Brookes.

Hawkins Brown joined industry body Buildoffsite last year to help shift its focus from delivery to design since MMC needs to be considered as early as RIBA stage 2. Other architects now involved include Sheppard Robson, BPTW, PTEa, Stride Treglown and Levitt Bernstein. All the practices may provide architects to teach on the Oxford Brookes course.

“Architects who criticise MMC are Luddites and missing the point totally,” added Ostime. “The profession is being held back because of that sort of attitude.

“We need to be much more progressive. We’re not going to stop the advance of technology but it’s our duty as architects to find ways of making these buildings acceptable aesthetically and functionally. And we need to speak to manufacturers and help them improve the quality of their products.”

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“We need to be much more progressive. We’re not going to stop the advance of technology but it’s our duty as architects to find ways of making these buildings acceptable aesthetically and functionally. And we need to speak to manufacturers and help them improve the quality of their products.”

Nigel Ostime Project Delivery Director

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