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Session 9 Paper 1, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, 14-15 April 2016

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Inspired by the 2015 Report ‘Collaboration for Change’ (Paul Morrell, (1)) this paper presents a thesis from an early-career-stage interdisciplinary professional group. We propose why cross-disciplinary teaching and learning in built environment Higher Education is essential; with particular emphasis on whole-career engagement, and integrating planning for the operational phase into design-stage teamwork.

The paper references extant teaching initiatives and innovations across built environment disciplines, and professional criteria from CIBSE, RICS, CIOB, ICE, IStructE, BIFM, and the RIBA1. A mapping exercise identifies the emergence of the transient professional, sitting between institutional silos. The paper identifies the collaborative role of the built environment professional in the future construction industry.