The RIBA has offered strong support to the government’s plan for architects to help “design out terrorism” by setting up a new training course.
Just a week after Renzo Piano raised concerns over the plans, which involve reducing the use of glass at ground level and installing low-key blockades at prominent public sites, the institute confirmed it was developing a new training series following the success of three half day pilot workshops developed with the Home Office.
In a letter to BD, Joni Tyler, RIBA head of CPD, said the workshops, dubbed “Designing out Terrorism”, were set up to “enable designers, planners and others to use their skills and creativity to design unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing security measures”.
Tyler also defended the overall strategy following Piano’s sceptical comments. “Just as we have learnt that making buildings accessible to users does not mean merely bolting on ramps…so we can design in protective measures which also please and draw in users and visitors,” she said.
• A 29-year-old architect who graduated in 2005 is advising the government on anti-terror security measures in London.
Netherlands-based Jan Willem Petersen, a security and urban architecture specialist and an AA graduate, has submitted recommendations to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which had been “warmly received”.