Urban Designer, Architect and Researcher

Diploma ‘Understanding Place Making - Sustainable Communities’ HCA Academy UK

The HCA Academy is the skills arm of the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA). We support people to deliver housing and regeneration programmes by providing access to practical training and resources.

We champion flexible skills like leadership, communication and partnership working and promote the skills to help people maintain momentum in the downturn and adapt places to climate change. 

The Homes and Communities Agency is the single, national housing and regeneration agency for England. Our role is to create opportunity for people to live in high quality, sustainable places. We provide funding for affordable housing, bring land back into productive use and improve quality life by raising standards for the physical and social environment.

The HCA brings together English Partnerships, investment functions of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities, with major delivery programmes of Communities and Local Government.

The 'Understanding Place-making’ series of online workshops has been developed by the Skills & Knowledge team of Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to provide a basic introduction to the topic of Place Making. The HCA is the Government’s national housing and regeneration body.

Workshop 1: Introducing sustainable communities - explore and develop your understanding of the terms ‘community’ and ‘sustainability’, and the components of a sustainable community.

Workshop 2: Sustainable communities - the policy context enhance your understanding of the main factors driving the sustainable communities agenda and the relationship between the agenda and other government policies.

Workshop 3: Skills for sustainable communities - consider and develop your understanding of the skills required to deliver sustainable communities and putting skills into practice.

Workshop 4: Sustainable communities – roles and responsibilities be introduced to the core professions and wider stakeholders involved in sustainable communities and develop your understanding of differing perspectives on the sustainable communities agenda.

Workshop 5: Sustainable communities – putting theory into practice develop your understanding of wider regeneration in the contextof sustainable communities and how to put theory into practice.

The 10-week course brings together people from local government, regeneration, housing and the third sector to develop their knowledge about how to create and manage sustainable communities. Regular intakes will commence from September.

The course consists of five tutored workshops designed to help participants understand:

 The term ‘sustainable communities’ and the different components that contribute towards sustainable communities

 Current national and regional policy

 The roles, responsibilities and skills of the various organisations and individuals responsible for delivery

 The core professions involved in the delivery and the wider stakeholders

 Regeneration issues linked to sustainable communities

 How to put theory into practice.