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CHOBE – Measurement Seminar Series 27th Nov 2013

The project would like to thank CHOBE, Council of Heads of the Built Environment (Heads of UK University Construction, Property and Surveying Departments) for the opportunity to disseminate information about the Architectus OER project and host a key Measurement Seminar Series event on Wednesday 27th November 2013. Resources (Drawings and Learning Packages) are being added … Continue reading

Birmingham City University and Architectus Project welcomes CHOBE on Wednesday 27th November 2013

Birmingham City University are delighted to host the CHOBE Measurement Group’s Seminar Series                     “Improving measurement teaching through collaboration” on  Wednesday 27th November 2013. One of the topics will be dissemination of the Jisc Architectus project to the UK Built Environment academic community. Cathy Higgs, a key … Continue reading

Architectus Launch and RIBA Hand Over

Today was the launch of Architectus at the RIBA West Midlands office. We were very grateful for Matthew Dobson (Regional Director RIBA WM) and Gavin Orton (Regional Chair RIBA WM) for hosting the event. Also to Barrie Hall (B&FCAAT) for his speech on the archives and for inviting us to be present as they were handed over to … Continue reading

First Architectus User!

Architectus hasn’t been released and we’re already receiving requests for access to it. Proving that it will indeed be popular. When Architectus is launched there will be full free access available to the whole archive but at present access is by request until the final interface is released. Orla is our first user and got … Continue reading


We’re progressing well on the Architectus project, having hit our target of 2000 assets. Thank you to all the practices that have contributed so far, we’ve had an overwhelming response over the winter break. There is still time to contribute work to the archive. If you’re interested email either: Claire Goldthorp – claire[dot]goldthorp@bcu[dot]ac[dot]uk or Tom … Continue reading

Practice Progress

After several weeks of persistence, it seems the researchers have begun to break ground on the collation of assets for the archive that will ultimately be displayed on the live interface. Both Claire and I have received a range of projects in the sectors of Education, Commercial, Public, Culture and Hospitality from practices up and … Continue reading

B&FCAA Archive Journey

The final drawings and assets from the archive at B&FCAA (Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association) have been transferred to the digitisation unit at BCU. Nearly 1000 images will soon be available via Architectus. Below is their large format scanner with Phil from digitisation and Barrie from B&FCAA transporting the final draw of work to be scanned: … Continue reading

Constructing with the right side of the brain

Publicity is an art Keeping things simple enough so that the overall message isn’t lost whilst trying to create an image that portrays your meaning isn’t easy. Generally, what appears to be a straight forward solution has evolved over a period of time. Everything that we place on a piece of paper has meaning and, for … Continue reading

PED Meeting to Discuss the Interface

On the 21st of August CELT held a meeting with the full board involved with Architectus. During which we split into different user groups, the archivers, the educators and the students to sketch out ideas for the OER interface and assemble these into a coherent wishlist for the designer.

Jisc Evaluation Workshop – Project Manager (perspective)

Venue: HEFCE Offices at Centre Point, London / 25.07.2012 Claire and I attended this workshop two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremony – and yes – London seemed unusually quiet.   There were no hold ups anywhere on our journey, neither in Brum,  Marylebone or on the underground. Claire has posted some of the great panoramic views of the City … Continue reading