Alison Watson: Senior Associate
Starting life as a successful land surveyor, Alison has written and hosted numerous workshops for secondary schools which introduce professional construction skills to young people and bring a creative context to a wide range of curriculum subjects, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Realising the impact of her workshops on students, Alison has gone on to create highly acclaimed work programmes.
Alison and her co director, architect Dan Gibson, are widely recognised as national leaders in their field through their company ‘Class of Your Own’ and they have recently created a new curriculum - ‘Design Engineer Construct’. This online programme is supported by world leading companies, such as Autodesk, Mott MacDonald and Topcon Positioning Systems, and recognised by international exam board, TLM. Interest in this curriculum has come from across the UK, as well as New Zealand, Qatar and America, where the course is about to be piloted.
"Design, Engineer, Construct’ provides opportunity, raises awareness, raises aspiration, uses ‘real’ industry standard software whilst working with real people doing real jobs. This is unique!”
Alison’s work with students on sustainability and the design and construction of buildings using the latest industry standard software is attracting global interest. Alison and her students, some as young as 10, can be found speaking at a range of international conferences for building professionals, and her new ventures include provision for NEETS and apprentices.
Alison is leading the ‘School of the Future’ competition in the UK and brings a whole new dimension of practical skills to the-learning-crowd.