Ibstock, a leading manufacturer of clay and concrete solutions for the built environment, is working in partnership with Birmingham City University’s (BCU) School of Architecture and Design to help inspire the next generation of industry professionals and develop their skills and creativity.
The company recently sponsored and joined the school’s MArch (RIBA Part 2) postgraduate students on their annual study tour to New York City, where they had the chance to see some of the most architecturally significant buildings in the world.
Joshua Cox, Design Advisor and Specification Consultant for Ibstock, said: “As a business at the heart of building, we are extremely passionate about supporting younger people into industry and by collaborating with the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design shows our commitment to this.
“The programme that the students go through at BCU goes beyond the professional body criteria, giving them a stimulating and dynamic educational experience of architecture at postgraduate level. Sponsoring its study tour to New York was not only a fantastic experience for the students to look at some of the most inspirational buildings globally, but it also highlights the importance Ibstock place on education and developing the next generation of talented individuals that are the future of the architectural sector.”
Stone and brick has long been New York’s building material of choice which is drawn from a far-flung network of quarries to ensure a variety of textures and hues.
“Students were taken to see some of the landmark buildings within Brooklyn and Manhattan, giving them the chance to study the external products used within the buildings and how they have been individually designed to seamlessly fit into one of the world’s most iconic skylines,” continued Joshua.
Ibstock has been working in partnership with BCU’s School of Architecture and Design for several decades. Along with the sponsorship of its annual New York study tour, the company also delivers a number of lectures and seminars throughout the academic year to support the students further with their education. Students are also welcomed to visit a number of the Ibstock factories throughout the UK.