PRESS RELEASE “COME SI FA” – SUPPLEMENTARY TRAINING
TOOLS IN ARCHITECTURE: INNOVATION IN THE FIELD OF TRAINING THE NEW EUROPEAN
"COME SI FA" - SUPPLEMENTARY TRAINING TOOLS IN ARCHITECTURE:
INNOVATION IN THE FIELD OF TRAINING THE NEW EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL
Corip has promoted a project to develop innovative training tools for
architects in Europe, bringing together thirteen prestigious partners
for this purpose. It has submitted a funding application to the European
Community as part of the Leonardo Project.
"COMESIFA - COntenuti e MEtodologie : Strumenti Integrativi per la
Formazione degli Architetti (methodologies and contents: supplementary
tools for the training of architects) is the title of the project promoted
by CORIP, an integrated engineering and architecture services and communications
outfit, as part of the Leonardo programme. The project, which was approved
by the European Commission, brought together excellent partners in the
areas of teaching, professions, training, and entrepreneurship that have
joined the initiative.
The project, which started 20 December 2002, will be developed over the
course of two years. Its motivation may be found in the shortcomings still
present in the field of training young professionals operating in the
fields of architecture and building in general.
The project's partnership is comprised of:
three universities: the inter-departmental centre C.i.t.e.r.a., Valle
Giulia faculty of architecture at Universita degli Studi di Roma "La
Sapienza" (Italy); Ecole d'Architecture de Saint-Etienne (France),
and Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania);
two professional training and updating bodies: Cefme-Formedil (Italy)
and AFM-Ance (Italy);
three small- and medium-sized enterprises: CORIP, project promoter (Italy),
Cloud 9 (Spain), and Zooo (Belgium);
one trade-union body: Federarchitetti Italia (Italy);
two professional orders: Ordine degli Architetti della provincia di Roma
(Italy), and Association of Greek Architects (Greece);
one specialized publishing house specialized in publications linked to
the world of building: Stahlbau (Germany)
and lastly, a European body, FIEC (Federazione Europea dell'Industria
"Comesifa" aims to be a tool for developing
and trialling teaching methods capable of bringing the prevalently theoretical
training instruments adopted in academia together with updating and supplementing
the practical skills that the professionals must have if they are to operate
on an increasingly interdisciplinary and international labour market.
The methodological approach common to all project partners thus aims at
optimizing and fostering the exchange of information and know-how between
different national and international sectors and contexts.
A "communications platform" on the Internet
at www.comesifa.net will follow the project as it evolves, keeping the
site's visitors abreast of the contents and developments of the work.
It will offer tools for communication among the 13 partners: a chatroom
for online meetings, personalized e-mail for each partner, a document
in-box, and links for expanding the information network over the participants'
The project includes analysis of training needs in
the various trans-sectoral and international contexts with definition
of priorities; development of teaching and scientific content with analysis
of points of connection; interchange and integration with the productive
and business context; and choice of the appropriate information technologies
through which to transmit the content that is developed.
The aim is to operate by integrating the partners'
various skills and to have prototypes on hand that can be reproduced and
trialled in other disciplines in the sector, and to improve teaching and
learning in terms of quality and time, with considerable returns in the
phase of entry into the workplace, and ongoing updating in professional
The final product (probably a multimedia CD) will be a prototype offering
integrated, multidisciplinary professional updating, and the creation
of a network of communications and interrelations between the various
sectors of the profession.
Promoter of the "Comesifa" project
17 March 2003