Esther Charlesworth

5 June 2013 — A RMIT University course will provide a skills boost to architects, planners, engineers and other built environment professionals looking to work in the humanitarian sector.

The Pathways to Working in the Humanitarian Sector course will case study real world projects.

The two-day intensive course has been developed in partnership with the Australian Red Cross, Red R, Engineers without Borders, ARUP, Habitat for Humanity and Architects without Frontiers.

Architects without Frontiers (Australia) founding director and RMIT’s Architects Without Frontiers Design Research Bureau director Esther Charlesworth said environmental professionals had vast skills that were important to rebuilding communities.

“The technical and creative capacity of architects to contribute to rebuilding communities of spatial and social resilience, from Bosnia to Vietnam, from Beirut to Kinglake, is vast; and yet still strangely untapped,” she said.

“This RMIT-Red Cross-AWF training course is the first program in the Asia-Pacific region specifically designed to inform built environment professionals about practical pathways into the humanitarian sector.”

Participants have the opportunity to interact with experienced local and international professionals in the field, including Graham Saunders from International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, Paul Pholeros from Health Habitat and Brett Moore from World Vision.

Registrations for the Melbourne course on 12 and 13 October close in August. Registrations for the Sydney course this month have already closed.

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