Embedding Creativity in Structural Engineering Education
|Conference:||IABSE Conference: Creativity and Collaboration – Instilling Imagination and Innovation in Structural Design, Bath, United Kingdom, 19-20 April 2017|
|Published in:||Creativity and Collaboration|
|Total no. of pages:||5|
The profession of structural engineering is based on creative thought and actions. This is borne out by the extraordinary projects we see every day, and the enthusiasm of those who deliver them, exactly as we are witnessing at this conference. Given this, it seems clear that the underpinning education for those entering this profession should reflect such creative thought, rather than focus exclusively on the minutiae which we often see in undergraduate curricula. The minutiae are indeed important, but are merely one aspect of engineering education. We must ensure that the big and bold aspects of engineering are centre piece in our education practice, because without the skills to think big and to innovate we have no engineering education – instead, we have a technical education for back roomers. This suits only a tiny fraction of those wanting to be great engineers, so we must do better. Creative endeavours on our degree programmes should be central to reinforce their importance in the profession.
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