David Halliday

David Halliday

An award-winning architectural and planning practice has set up a Virtual Studio for students who would otherwise miss out on 2020 placements and internships. Halliday Fraser Munro which has offices across the UK including in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Belfast, Aberdeen and Leeds, has launched an innovative Virtual Studio which students can access free of charge at https://virtualstudio.hfm.co.uk/. Students from any university or college in the UK can register.

The Virtual Studio will give opportunities for the next generation of architectural, planning and construction students to join a dynamic programme of free, live webinars, discussions, presentations and Q and As. The project gives students a virtual opportunity to meet, network and quiz the highly experienced architectural team which has a wealth of knowledge in their field.

The initial programme includes:

  • The Design Journey Through Planning - 23 September
  • Transition From Studio To Office - 7 October
  • Developing The Brief - 21 October

David Halliday, managing director of Halliday Fraser Munro says of the Virtual Studio, "Providing opportunities for students to develop and grow in their chosen field of architecture, planning and construction has always been an important focus for the whole team at Halliday Fraser Munro. Each year we have an intake of work placement and internship undergraduates across all of our offices, and we are determined that, in the absence of these face to face workplace opportunities in 2020, we provide high level, quality access to our teams for these students. The Virtual Studio will deliver webinars to enhance student's knowledge of the latest topics affecting the industry and gives us the opportunity to make connections with the next generation of talent and to help them transition from the studio to the office."

The Virtual Studio is not the first educational innovation from Halliday Fraser Munro since lockdown. In April, the firm rapidly created and launched a virtual work experience portal for secondary school pupils who missed out on their placements. The website content aimed to motivate and encourage young people to consider a career in architecture and the construction industry during lockdown. The programme mirrored the Halliday Fraser Munro office-based experience and could be completed at home. By completing the work experience portal tasks, students developed their interest in architecture and developed skills in, and an understanding of, spatial modelling and interpreting a client brief.

A competition to design a building or house using any media was also launched by Halliday Fraser Munro and attracted entries from across the UK designed in everything from Minecraft to Lego.

Registration for the Virtual Studio sessions is free and now open. Places, which are on a first come first served basis, can be booked here: https://virtualstudio.hfm.co.uk/.

More sessions will be added and updates on new sessions will be issued on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram to find out more information.

Halliday Fraser Munro is an award-winning firm offering architectural, urban design and masterplanning services along with a specialised planning consultancy team. It has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Belfast. Further information is available at www.hfm.co.uk.