Alumna Laura Hattrup ‘10 recently completed a Masters in Sustainable Urbanism at the Prince's Foundation for Building Community. The program began two years ago with a three week summer school program that the Foundation runs each year. This program is open to all applicants, and over the years numerous other Notre Dame students have participated.
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Laura described the experience, “I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with talented craftsmen, combining a variety of skills and backgrounds such as stonemasons and heritage painters throughout the design and build of the structure. It showcases the traditional craftsmanship of the Prince's Foundation crafts apprentices.”
During Laura’s time in the program during the summer of 2013, there was a competition to design a woodland shelter on Dumfries House Estate in East Ayrshire, Scotland where participants spend the last two weeks of the program. HRH Prince Charles rescued this estate and its impressive furniture collection from being sold at auction in 2007 and it now serves as a hub for many of his charitable projects.
The proposal from Laura and her team was selected as the winning design in the third week of the program, and the Prince’s Foundation apprentices proceeded to build the structure over a ten-week period, giving the apprentices as well as the design team hands-on experience in seeing a build from start to finish.
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