9th December 1999

 

LEARNING HOW TO DESIGN OUT CRIME

 

A new and unique course at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside aims to

teach planners, architects and designers how to reduce crime through building design.

 

‘Security in the Built Environment’ is a new postgraduate course offered by the Hull School of Architecture which forms part of the university’s ‘Designing Out Crime’ initiative.

 

In partnership with Humberside Police the School aims to raise awareness of how better designs for new buildings can help to reduce crime.

 

The initiative is a response to the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) which requires that all local government agencies must take account of security when designing new buildings.

 

“The security of people in and around buildings is a major issue which has assumed a high profile in the last few years,” commented George Clark, a lecturer in the Hull School of Architecture.

 

“The way in which the built environment is designed can have a major influence on security, but few designers receive any formal education in that particular area. Thus, there is an unfulfilled need to provide specialist education for architects and designers in the design of the built environment to take security into account.”

 

The course, to be aimed at qualified designers, building managers and legislators, will begin in early February and will be structured so that individuals can select elements that are most relevant.

 

It will feature:

 

·     individual lectures on a variety of related topics

·     one-day sessions of seminars and workshops

·     weekend courses focusing on specialist areas

·     modular units applicable to certain disciplines

·     a full course leading to the award of a postgraduate diploma or a masters

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The university intends to offer the taught units of the course as three weekends comprising 12 hours of seminars and workshops held on Fridays and Saturdays. Each weekend will be a self-sufficient, stand-alone event.

 

“The Hull School of Architecture is leading the way with this new course,” said Mr Clark. “Other universities have done research into security in the built environment, but only the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is actually offering practical courses in the subject.”

 

The ‘Designing Out Crime’ initiative will take shape in the New Year with a national conference, a one-day workshop and specialist seminars as well as the new postgraduate course.

 

Inspector Mervyn Bishop of Humberside Police welcomed the initiative.

 

“All too often criminals are assisted by poor security design,” he said. “Designers of buildings have a unique opportunity to influence crime by building in crime reduction principles at a very early stage.

 

“Humberside Police realise the importance of early consultations with designers but appreciate that designers and architects must be offered appropriate training opportunities which address these particular issues.

 

“We look forward to our new partnership with the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in assisting with training and see this as a positive contribution to reducing crime within the community.”

For more information on how to enrol, contact Micheline Baker at the Hull School of Architecture on 01482 462067.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk