On 20th September 2014 the IDBE celebrated its 20th anniversary, at Wolfson and Newnham Colleges, Cambridge. Set up by the Arup Foundation in 1994 to foster interdisciplinary working, our panel discussion focused on whether we have become more interdisciplinary over the last 20 years, and where we should go from here. Our panellists were: representing the professions, Sunand Prasad, past President of the RIBA; representing the industry, Sophie Le Bourva, Arup Associate and alumna from the second IDBE cohort; and representing academia and training, Professor Peter Guthrie, Professor of Sustainable Development at Cambridge. The discussion and questions were excellently chaired by Pam Alexander, Chair of CABE at the Design Council; originally a Geography undergraduate at Cambridge, and with a portfolio of high-ranking posts in the civil service and in industry, Pam also added to the multi-disciplinary perspectives.
The lively audience included some of those who set the course up 20 years ago, those who have engaged with and taught on the course for many years, past and present course staff, tutors and associates, and members of the management committee. A great number of alumni, from as far back as the first cohort, returned for the chance to relive their experience and catch up with old friends; several current students from cohorts 19 and 20, and future students from cohort 21 - whose IDBE studentships started the following day - enjoyed the experience of meeting the alumni and of being part of the global IDBE network.
The discussion was followed by drinks and canapes at Wolfson, then a formal dinner at Newnham College in the beautiful Champneys dining hall.
Our huge thanks to all of our prestigious speakers, to our excellent photographer Chris Loades, and to Poppy Moncaster and Evie Morrison for stage support and mic-running.