Public Realm

IHE’s Professional Certificate in Design and Management of the Public Realm is offered in partnership with the Public Realm Information and Advice Network (PRIAN). It accredits the fields of urban design with IHE’s expertise in highways and traffic engineering. The certificate is endorsed by CABE, English Heritage and the Urban Design Group.

It’s open to all highways practitioners. IHE membership is not required, and you don’t need any specific academic qualifications to take part.

The professional certificate covers the primary delivery systems, policies, techniques and design skills to enable practitioners to prepare practical designs for small scale public realm interventions. It also integrates urban design with the engineering perspective and shows how to combine these disciplines to produce outstanding public realm solutions.

Participants take part in a six-day training course, run by PRIAN, and recognised by an IHE Professional Certificate with CPD accreditation from both English Heritage and The Institute of Highway Engineers.

You’ll be asked to prove that you meet the standards of competence to gain the certificate, this includes demonstrating the following requirements:

  • How the quality of space is perceived and measured
  • What agencies are involved and how they operate
  • How different sorts of people use the public realm
  • Principles of movement and traffic management
  • Risk, liability and the avoidance of accidents
  • The design of quality pedestrian crossings and homezones
  • Concepts of small scale landscape design in public spaces
  • Working with the public through effective involvement
  • Legislation, regulation and responsibilities
  • Funding systems
  • Interrelationship of the various modes of transport, category of user and trip purpose
  • Role of the public realm in regeneration and designing out crime
  • Models and their limitations
  • Engineering principles for various aspects of the public realm
  • Design options and the decision making process

You’ll be assessed in an interview and asked to demonstrate your knowledge and competency acquired during the course and in the final assignment.Successful candidates are eligible to join the IHE at entry level and receive the English Heritage “Streets for All” certificate.

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