Deep immersion creativity training at Hazel Hill Wood



Creativity for engineers, learning from nature, with Oliver Broadbent

Two-day residential training course. Take a walk in the woods, what do you see? Engineers create the infrastructure of the built environment. What can we learn from the infrastructure of the natural world? This deep immersion creative training course gives participants the unique opportunity to develop conceptual design thinking inspired by an unusual natural environment.

This course provides a theoretical framework for understanding conceptual design influenced by experiential learning and building with natural materials. A back to basics approach to re-ignite engineering creativity.

Course content

Deep immersion creativity skills for engineers learning from nature includes:

  • Creativity training whilst learning from nature
  • Conceptual design and creative thinking techniques
  • Systematic idea generation tools
  • Natural construction challenge brief

About the trainer

Oliver Broadbent (From the Institution of Structural Engineer’s website:)

Oliver is an expert facilitator and trainer in design thinking for the built environment. With a background in civil engineering and teaching, he specialises in designing high-impact training that has a lasting effect on the learner.

He is Founder and Director of engineering training consultancy Constructivist. There he leads the development of Constructivist’s programme of design training for design consultancies. He also works with universities including Cambridge, Bath and Imperial to develop innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery. For eight years Oliver was Director of Think Up, the education arm of the Useful Simple Trust.

Oliver has co-authored a series of good practice teaching guides for the Royal Academy of Engineering on experience-led learning, e-learning for engineers, effective industrial engagement in engineering education and how to teach sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.