Once again we had a couple of fantastic visits to the cathedral this year for the History and Theory module. Students undertook drawing exercises and got up close and personal with the historic interior!
This week students were challenged to make a famous building out of Jelly. It was quite the messy event! Students from the whole school came to witness the wonderment! The idea behind the challenge was that students would each have to study a particular building, understand it in plan, section and three dimensions and document it. Students also had to make a model of the building and produce a mould using vacuum forming. The quick project got students working hard in the workshop and helped them become more familiar with the tools available to them!
Here are some examples!
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our Architecture programme Bachelor of Architecture has moved to Number 18 in the Times University League Tables 2017 !
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Yesterday we had a day of year two crits and here is a small selection of some of the work! We were impressed by the level of exploration and resolution in the projects! There were a number of different briefs exploring notions of edge, gallery, historical context and a live competition brief. Well done students and tutors! There was a good mix of models, visualisation, hand drawing, and good architectural drawing standards all used to further describe ideas and explore and test ideas!
We are pleased to announce that Lorna Lovatt was awarded the £200 for her project voted by Scothern community for the live project for Scothern Village Hall. I would like to thank and congratulate studio tutor Harry Foley who worked with the studio group and the selected students who exhibited their proposals. Thanks for getting the team together and putting on such a professional exhibition of work.
The exhibition was a great success with over 120 people from the village who came and judged the work. Feedback from the Scothern community were that they were incredibly impressed by the standard of work and the students professionalism and their ability to talk about their projects. The students have had great insight into real community engagement.
Linda Durance from Scothern initially made contact and approached the Bachelor of Architecture team. Thank you Linda! The future for Scothern Village Hall is that by 2020 they will have the funding to build and have said that the work of students has been incredibly helpful in seeing what is possible!
Well done team! The Year 2 Architecture students that exhibited were: Lorna Lovatt, Tom Camm, Joe Maguire, Billie Jordan, Charlotte McEwan, Emily Williams, Isaac Timson and George Simms
We are thrilled to announce that Daniel Orford has won the RIBA East Midlands Student Awards for his Master of Architecture project titled ‘Hedonistic Pleasurescape’ in Blackpool. He will receive the award on the 27th of April at the RIBA Awards!
This project explores the hedonistic environments, which are prevalent at the edge between the physical and natural. In understanding the complexity of spatial augmentation in operation we can begin to re-establish and create a landscape that celebrates hedonism and the carnivalesque within society. This project explores the British seaside as a place of leisure and frivolity, allowing people to escape from the everyday normality. These liminal spaces once at the heart of the society have become increasingly dissected and sanitised by the regulated modern culture.
To see the project in more detail check it out here! http://www.presidentsmedals.com/Project_Details.aspx?id=3703
Studio tutor Ms. Barbara Griffin.
On the 12th of March we held our annual applicant open day with great success and very interesting outcomes! The workshop was to build large scale models using the narrative of Italo Calvinos Invisible Cities, a series of essays that describe imagined cities, thin cities, cities and the dead, cities and the sky… We also used Charles and Ray Eames House of Cards as a structural methodology so the project required the applicants to also consider structure! A perfect combination of concept, narrative and construction!
Year 1 students have been working hard again in the workshop, carving out their casts to prepare in exploring them as architectural spaces through themes such as light, scale, colour and composition. The workshop is a great facility for the architecture students and staff. We have all the equipment students need to work with a multitude of materials. Traditional timber working saws, sanders and cnc equipment, alongside high tech laser cutters and 3D printers to name just a few! We also have a fantastic casting suite as well as print making facilities and the Maker Lab situated in the East wing of the architecture and design building. Here are some pictures of the workshop and work in progress!
Last week Year 2 Architecture students worked as teams for our first design charrette MAKE+. The brief was to design a transportable pavilion for the campus. We are aiming to prototype and build with students moving forwards! The winners, Team 6 were Edward Buttifant, Zujia Zhao, Lauren Gabbitas, George Gardner, Ashlea Mason, Ellie Stinson, Tom Brunyard. Everybody involved did a fantastic job and we were very impressed by the high level work and really importantly also impressed by the positive and productive team work!
Year 3/5 Architecture Studio get involved with building a building! We all love donning a bit of high viz! Andy Earls studio helped put up a temporary theatre for the Paines Plough company. There’s a very lightweight geodesic dome framework with a weatherproofing cover. Then inside is a circular stage and rings of seats made of interlocking plywood sections with a free-standing canopy which holds the lighting. Great experience for our students to get their hands into building making!
We had an absolutely fabulous day today with year 1 architecture! Pecha kucha (quick timed presentations) on 20th century greats! Corb, Meis, Leonidov, Archigram and more! Tasty treats from Elika Nakamura – Sushi and sake, green tea and mochi! The architects of tomorrow spoke so eloquently about architectonic language, composition, political context, materiality, architectural theory, art movements and did us tutors very proud! Keep up the good work!
This week we have nominated one of our year 2 Architecture Students for the Women in Property Regional Awards. We would like to congratulate Lauren Gabbitas for her design for an aquarium on the Brayford Pool in Lincoln. The panel considered the project to be bold and adventurous in terms of architectural proposition. Lauren’s studio tutor Primali Paranagamage, said
“With this attitude to learning Lauren is beginning to develop a particular approach and philosophy to design; a sure sign of a successful architect”.
Good luck Lauren in the next stage of the competition!
We would also like to say well done to our other three students who were shortlisted for the nomination; Lorna Lovatt, Ellie Stinson and Emma Jenssen.
For more information about Women in Property see here http://womeninproperty.org.uk
This week the year 1 architecture students have been highly productive in the casting suite. They are getting their hand dirty (and also in most cases their hair, face, shoes, entire workshop!) and learning about the making processes. They have been working with Rob Britt this week, our talented and supportive workshop technician. Students are considering architectural composition, architectonic language, and even structures through how they are considering the suspension of the models within a frame. The cubes are already taking on a life of their own and students are taking pride and ownership of their work driven by the process of making. We can’t wait to start cutting these beauties up to reveal whats inside!!
Year 2 Architecture students undertook a live brief in the Chambers Woods today. The first site visit included an excellent walk about by Wally Grice, the beat manager from the Forestry Commission. Wally wants students to make a response to site, so an excellent opportunity to for students to think about how to use locally sourced materials in innovative ways, considering how to grapple with environmental, social and economic sustainability. Keep an eye on here to see updates on this project and other live projects happening in Year 2!
Year one Architecture students got off to a flying start this year with a one week project titled ’30 Second City’. Pairs of students were tasked to document one of 25 sites in the city of Lincoln using video, animation, sound etc. The results have been uploaded to Joseph Gordon-Levitts creative collaborative site www.hitrecord.org
Student work can be seen here
Small architectural interventions were designed as a response to documentation. Some can be seen here. More will be on our portfolio site shortly! This can be found here
Year 1 Architecture students have been studying Le Corbusiers paintings and architecture and have developed a series of planar relief models as part of the Design, Process and Communication module. The resulting models will be used to develop a further set of models to bring students through a journey of transcription or process. The photographs show a small selection of the hundred models that have been produced. Watch this space for the next iteration to make full use of our casting suite! Thanks to Jeff Pashley, one of our workshop staff who has been working closely with educating students on model making so far this year. Seems to be working!
This month we have seen kicked off the RIBA East Midlands Mentoring Scheme for Year 3 architecture students. Working with the RIBA East Midlands Cecilia Godoy and Mike Baulcombe (regional director of the RIBA East Midlands) we are very excited to run the initiative for the second year. Year 3 students have been teamed up with local architects to get an insight into the practice of an architect by attending site and office visits and client meetings.
The first meeting of mentors and mentees took place this October getting the scheme off to a great start. Energetic and informative conversations took place, all thanks to enthusiastic and passionate local practitioners and engaged students! Watch this space for updates!
Last years students said that:
‘ it gave me an understanding of the overall role of an architect’ and ‘it allowed me to see how our teaching is applied in practice’
Another student enjoyed garnering ‘valuable experience of a live project‘.
One of the architects involved in the mentoring Scheme said that they ‘really enjoyed meeting the students and their enthusiasm for the subject’!
Over the past month the year 1 architecture students have been getting the high viz on and trekking around the building site on campus, the extension to the engineering building! Kier, a leading property, residential, construction and services group, has been great in supporting student learning in accommodating us on site. Colin Low, site manager has been fantastic and so enthusiastic in giving students insight to the making of buildings!