Student architects host free public exhibition

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A team of student architects will launch a free public exhibition in Louth, showcasing creative suggestions for the historic site of the town’s former cattle market.

The exhibition of architectural designs and models will open at St James’ Church in Louth from Wednesday 1st – Thursday 9th July, hosted by final-year students from the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design.

The work includes a number of three dimensional drawings and architectural sketches, which illustrate a range of theoretical development ideas, from food and market activities to a care hotel and education centre.

The collection of designs was showcased as part of the students’ recent Degree Show at the University, which concluded a project exploring the future development of Louth’s livestock market site.

The Louth Cattle Market Site: Ideas for a Community project was launched last year by John Napier, Senior Lecturer at Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, together with Nicola Marshall, a former Town Manager in Louth.

John Napier said: “It is always a bonus for our students when they can work with a real-life scenario – as is the case with Louth livestock market site – for their final project before going into practice. The students have worked hard on their plans and have come up with some extremely creative ideas.”

Nicola Marshall said: “I am delighted that people from the town will have a chance to see the students’ work first-hand. I have seen the ideas develop over the last year and I am sure they will offer a new perspective. I am grateful to Reverend Nick Brown and St James’ Church for hosting the exhibition, and for the support of local councillors.”

The exhibition opens at the church at 5pm on Wednesday 1st July and runs until 12pm Thursday 9thJuly. It will be open to the public during normal church opening times.

Architecture exhibition imagines historical memorial centre

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A team of student architects will unveil their vision for an English Civil War memorial centre at the site of Newark’s historic medieval castle.

The free public exhibition of architectural designs and models will open at Newark Castle on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015, highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the town.

A £5.4 million National Civil War Centre opened in the town centre Newark Museum earlier this year. As part of their Architecture course at the University of Lincoln, UK, second year students have imagined their own version of the facility inside the walls of the castle, which was central to the historic war.

The English Civil War (1642-1651) was a series of conflicts that profoundly reshaped politics and society. Newark Castle, which was founded in the 12th Century by the Bishop of Lincoln, was partly destroyed during a battle in 1646. It is now a Grade I listed building and recognised as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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The two-month student project was led by Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture & Design, Dr Primali Paranagamage. She said: “We are very much looking forward to presenting our designs to the public. Newark is rich in historic architecture and we hope this exhibition will encourage residents and tourists alike to appreciate and celebrate the local cultural heritage.”

“The exhibition will include some designs which are extremely modern and contemporary, whereas others stay true to the Castle’s architecture and the incorporate the site’s original features. It is so interesting to see how the same space – which in this case is of huge historical significance – can be interpreted in so many different and inspiring ways.”

In preparation for the exhibition, the Lincoln students were granted special access to archives by Newark Castle Park Warden, Floss Newman, to learn about the monument’s origins, how it has evolved over hundreds of years and its timeline of historic events.

The exhibition will take place inside the Undercroft of Newark Castle. Visitors will be able to view miniature models of the Castle grounds, which have been created using state-of-the-art laser cutting technology at the University’s School of Architecture & Design, as well as architectural sketches and computer illustrations. Members of the public are also invited to contribute their comments and feedback on each of the designs, both at the exhibition and online.

Admission is free and the exhibition is open from 10am-5pm on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015.

For more information, visit:

Words: Elizabeth Allen

School of Architecture & Design 2015 Degree Shows

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School of Architecture & Design 2015 Degree Shows

BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Creative Advertising
BA (Hons) Product Design
BA (Hons) Interactive Design
BA (Hons) Illustration
BA (Hons) Jewellery & Object
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design

BA (Hons) Design for Exhibition & Museums

Dates: Saturday 30th May – Sunday 14th June 2015
Times: 10am – 4pm
Location: Art, Architecture & Design building (East & West)

Private Views (by invitation only): Friday 29th May, 6 – 9pm


BArch (Hons) Architecture
Master of Architecture

Dates: Saturday 6th June – Sunday 21st June 2015
Times: 10am – 4pm
Location: Art, Architecture & Design building (West)

Private View (by invitation only): Friday 5th June, 6 – 9pm




Going the Extra Mile


This week Level 3 Graphic Design student Emily Price took it upon herself to proactively ‘go the extra mile’ after a call out from Advertising and Design studio Havas.

Here is her story:


Havas WW Roots set up a grad scheme in which students have just one tweet to send which will grab their attention. For my application I wanted to push the boundaries of how Twitter can be utilized, by creating a campaign which all started from my one tweet to @havaswwroots. My tweet read ‘I don’t just go the extra mile but an extra 131 from Lincoln to London here I come! The photos show my journey from when I then set off at 4am on my 131 mile journey to Havas WW London offices and track my journey through tweets under my campaign account @131mileslater. Along my journey I generated over 100 followers, got stopped by the police, and gained a lot of support along the way.


When I finally reached Havas WW roots I was able to meet and chat with some of the graduates chosen from last year over a cuppa, it was great fun and such an adventure! I am now just waiting anxiously to here the results, which are released on the 30th March!


To follow the whole journey please follow Emily on her twitter!

Brayford Radio are Recruiting!


It’s that time of year again, Brayford Radio (the University’s student run radio station) are looking for their new Exec Team!

They are looking for a new Station Manager, Programming Coordinator, Head of Technical, Head of Events, Head of Marketing and Head of Station Sound. All roles will give you an excellent opportunity to gain lots of new skills, meet new people, learn about the workings of  a radio station and will look sensational on your CV.

Not a Media student? Not to worry! These positions are open to all students at the University whatever your background may be, as long as you have a passion for radio.

For more information on the roles visit the Brayford Radio website. Go on, give it a go…


Brayford Radio broadcasting at the Freshers Fayre


Talking fashion and performance with Battenberg-Cartwright

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Acclaimed art duo Battenberg-Cartwright shared their experience of working in the fields of art and fashion when they visited the University of Lincoln.

Described as a living conceptual piece and performance art duo, Nora and Paul Battenberg-Cartwright have showcased their work on some of the world’s biggest catwalks; including at the London, Berlin and Paris Fashion Weeks.

The couple, who married to demonstrate their artistic commitment to one another, work across various artistic disciplines, including lens-based work, performance and painting, as well as fashion design.

Battenberg-Cartwright as a label works to extend the bridge between art and fashion, taking used objects to transform them into creations for catwalks. The shows remain between the fashion and art worlds; placing materials as of secondary importance to concept.

On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March 2015, Battenberg-Cartwright presented to the University of Lincoln’s final year Fashion students on their industry success, methods of working and view of art and performance.

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The undergraduate Fashion students from the School of Fine & Performing Arts also discussed their own collections with the artists, and received from them a brief to create an object, wearable or otherwise, to showcase in a video, which will form part of their Professional Practice module.

Setting the brief, Battenberg-Cartwright said: “Try not to be so technical. Push your boundaries. Use unusual materials. Make it very quickly – or very slowly if you prefer – but above all things, be daring.

“The aim is not to create a typical ‘fashion video’, but something else altogether. Whatever it is, think outside the box and aim to create something totally new to your working practice.”

Victoria Bellandini, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion at the University of Lincoln, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Battenberg-Cartwright to the University. It is vital for our students to understand that fashion is about more than just garments; it also incorporates art and performance, and Nora and Paul are perfectly placed to demonstrate how successful this combination can be.”

Before completing their MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London, Battenberg-Cartwright studied Fine Art in Worcester where they were taught by Lee Hassall, who is now a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Lincoln.

Darktown Valentine’s Show: Free Card Making with Jonny Hannah

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Fancy making something abit more personalised for your special someone? Printmaker Jonny Hannah will be coming to the NCCD to host the Darktown Valentine’s Show on Saturday 14 February from 11am – 4pm. Join Jonny for a free drop-in card making day (using a printing press/rubber stamps). Suitable for all ages. Jonny will also be signing copies of his new book Greetings from Darktown and limited edition prints will be available to purchase from the shop.

Saturday 14 February, 11am-4pm  // National Centre for Craft & Design // Free

Communications and Marketing Assistant Internship

Recent College of Arts graduate? Fancy working at one of Lincoln’s main arts venues? This opportunity may be for you:

Lincoln Drill Hall are looking for a dynamic intern who is passionate about events, arts, communication, digital, culture, people and Lincoln.

This role will involve working with the Drill Hall Marketing Manager and team to deliver a number of marketing tasks from online communications and social media to management of print materials and assisting with live events.

Lincoln Drill Hall hosts a wide variety of events and welcomes a wide range of audiences so the right person for this role would be someone who is keen to learn, quick to adapt and happy to support various roles and activities, has an interest in people, live events, theatre and providing great visitor experiences.

This fantastic opportunity is available to recent graduates of the College of Arts as part of RADAR, our Creative Graduate Accelerator Scheme in partnership with Threshold Studios.

For more information on the role visit the University’s careers website.



‘This is All I’m Going to Say, You Know What I Mean’


‘This is All I’m Going to Say, You Know What I Mean’ is a touring group exhibition bringing together artists from China and the UK. Eight contemporary artists – Steve Dutton, John France, Wei Zhen, Chunmei Liu, Fang Lu, Mengmei Zheng, Tao Zhang, and Eleni Zevgaridou – whose work range across traditional oil paintings, Chinese ink paintings, and contemporary sculptures, with the common theme of commenting on opacity in language, in a spirit of critical realism.

The exhibition is curated by Annie Xu.

For more information visit the Project Space Plus blog.

3-13 February // Project Space Plus Gallery // AAD Building, East Wing, University of Lincoln // Free

NCCD Free Taster Day


Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a contemporary craft & design gallery? Whether you’re interested in curating, marketing, designing, making or anything else to do with craft and design NCCD want you to join them for their FREE taster day on Saturday 7th of February. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in their live exhibition project. For more information visit their website.


David Bramston’s Illuminating Exhibition Opens in China

Our very own David Bramston has produced an illuminating exhibition in China; the exhibition is the first of its kind and showcases a collection of 100 lights created from waste materials.



David, and his team of nine design students from Guangzhou Institute of Technology, created each of the 100 lights at the headquarters of Guangzhou Valuda Group Ltd in China in just three weeks. The lights have been constructed entirely from waste materials from various factories across China.

The sustainable design project has been running with support from the British Council, as part of its ‘upcycling’ campaign to encourage young designers to turn discarded materials into attractive and useful new products.

David Bramston, who leads the MA International Design Enterprise programme at the University of Lincoln, said: “This has been an incredibly exciting project to work on. We have been involved with a number of upcycling schemes led by the British Council in the past; however the experience of creating 100 new products entirely from waste materials in just 21 days has been unlike any of our other design initiatives.

“New design professionals need to recognise that their decisions to engage with more considered and environmentally friendly practices can influence cultural change. The British Council in China and their sponsors provide a valuable international platform for doing this, which we are delighted to be associated with. It has been a pleasure to work with a very exciting team of young designers here in China, and these practices continue to feed into our work in Lincoln.”


The 100 Lights exhibition opened in Guangzhou on Thursday 18th December 2014 with a launch event that was attended by guests from education, industry and the British Council. The collection will be shown in Beijing throughout this year, and could also form part of the British Council’s China UK Cultural Year in 2015.

One of the light creations – a five metre high construction entitled ‘Bamboo’ – has also been selected by an art gallery in Guangzhou to form a centre piece in its new gallery space.

Vanessa Li, Higher Education Manager for British Council China, said: “This 100 Lights project is one of the direct outcomes of the International Higher Education Collaboration on Upcycling of Industry Left-overs organised by the British Council. The University of Lincoln first joint the Upcycling programme in 2012 and has participated in each of the derived programmes since then, establishing links with more than 28 Chinese Higher Education institutions and companies.”

The 100 Lights project has been supported by sponsorship from a number of lighting companies in China, including PAK Lighting, which has supplied most of the LEDs used in the creation of the collection.



Following the success of the 100 Lights exhibition, David Bramston is now planning to create a second collection ten times as large, called 1000 Lights. This ambitious project would support charities across China, providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people to help design and create the objects.




Wolfgang Buttress Guest Lecture



The University of Lincoln Architecture Society presents a free Guest Lecture by artist Wolfgang Buttress, winning designer of the United Kingdom Pavilion at the World Expo, Milan 2015.

The theme of the Milan Expo is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It will be the world’s largest ever event exploring food and nutrition – a global showcase of the best technologies designed to help guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone.

The UK Pavilion, titled BE, the “pulsating virtual hive” was designed to call attention to the plight of the honeybee, highlighting the important role honeybees play in food production. The Nottingham-based artist, whose team includes fashion designer Paul Smith and specialist engineer Simmons Studio, hopes that BE will help bring visitors closer to the British landscape and inspire ways to help solve the dying honeybee populations.

Wolfgang Buttress opened his first studio in Nottingham after graduating in 1987. Over the last 12 years he has won numerous national and international awards, including the International Structural Steel Award for projects under £2 million in 2013. Earlier this year he received the Kajima Gold Award in Japan for his work ‘Space’.

Wolfgang Buttress said:

“I’m happy and honoured that I have been selected for this prestigious commission. My wish is for visitors to engage with the UK Pavilion as a whole and for the hive to be recognised as a barometer for the health of the earth; drawing parallels between a hive and human society.”

Dr Amira Elnokaly, Programme Leader for MSc Sustainable Architectural Design at the University of Lincoln, said: “I am delighted that Wolfang Buttress will be presenting in the School of Architecture & Design, as the talk represents a great opportunity for our students. Over the past six years, our Lincoln Architecture lecture series has provided an important connection with the built environment industry and practice, and this event is another great example of that.”

Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear from one of the Country’s leading designers as Wolfgang gives us an insight into the creation that will represent our nation.

For updates on the UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 see Wolfgang Buttress’s website.

The lecture will be held in the main lecture room in the AAD Building in the Brayford Pool Campus.

Tuesday 10th February // 6pm // University of Lincoln,  AAD0W25 // Free






LAS Guest Lecture Series: Glenn Howells Architects

The Lincoln Architecture Society (LAS) guest lecture series continues this evening with speaker Dav Bansal, a director from Glenn Howells Architects.


Come along if you can!

Tuesday 27th Jan// 6pm // University of Lincoln, AADOW25

D&AD Job Opportunities

The D&AD New Blood Team are looking for a New Blood Awards Production Assistant and a New Blood Awards Production Assistant (Digital).

This is an great opportunity to be a helping hand at the D&AD Awards. Join the team during their busiest and most exciting time of the year. This is a great opportunity for designers especially to build up their networks.

For more information on both these positions click here.

Deadline: 5pm Friday 6 February 2015. 

Sustainable Architecture graduate to present at global conference

​Manvi Mukesh Vyas, who recently completed the MSc Sustainable Architectural Design programme at the University of Lincoln, created a blueprint for new accommodation that would enhance the quality of life for elderly people as part of the worldwide Integrated Communities: A Society for All Ages student design initiative.

The competition was part of the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) global activity. It invited Architecture students around the world to apply their design talents in developing solutions that place elderly people at the heart of their communities. It was organised in conjunction with the UN Programme for Human Settlements (UNHABITAT) and the UN Programme on Ageing from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), to meet the needs of an ageing society while showcasing the world’s most innovative design talent.
In February 2014, Manvi was selected as one of nine winners from hundreds of entries. Alongside Dr Amira Elnokaly, Programme Leader for Sustainable Architecture & Design, she was invited to present to ambassadors and officials at the 52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development at the UN headquarters in New York.
Now, Manvi will present her work at the 16th China International Real Estate and Architectural Technology Fair (CIHAF).
Manvi’s work includes suggestions for a new design of care home community in India, based on sustainable principles. As well as ecological accommodation, her proposal makes the case for workshops, games, entertainment and handicraft activities, which could dramatically improve the lifestyle of elderly residents and encourage community cohesion.
Manvi said: “My design is centred around the four pillars of sustainability; environmental, economic, social and cultural; and is focused on empowering the senior community by enhancing physical, spiritual, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing. The project makes a proposal for a comfortable and safe home, which is important for developing confidence and independence among older members of society, and the fact that it is environmentally friendly and requires low maintenance ensures that the development would also be financially and socially sustainable.”
Manvi’s tutor and programme leader at the Lincoln School of Architecture & Design, Dr Amira Elnokaly, said: “I am so proud of Manvi and would like to congratulate her on her great success. One of the main objectives on our Sustainable Architectural Design programme here at Lincoln is to encourage students to get involved in real-life projects and international competitions, which are invaluable means of progressing professional development.”
For more information on the competition, visit:

Lincoln Architecture Society Guest Lecture Series

The Lincoln Architecture Society (LAS) is pleased to announce the resume of our guest lecture series on Tuesday the 20th of January, the guest lecture is with the AJ100 Practice of the year 2014, Make Architects.
MAKE is an award-winning international architectural practice with a reputation for design excellence.
The guest speaker is Justin Nicholls, he will be presenting the lecture titled ‘Technology Vs Context’. Make sure not to miss what promises to be an exciting event.
Tuesday 20th Jan// 6pm // University of Lincoln,  AADOW25.

One Day Symposium on: Lincoln Cathedral and Architectural Theory


For an exciting start of the new year the School of Architecture and Design research forum is organising a Public Symposium on the 15th of January, 2015, EMMTEC Building (MT007 Lecture Theatre), 4.00pm-8.30pm.

We would like to cordially invite you to what promises to be a very exciting and wealthy Symposium and debate titled:

‘Lincoln Cathedral and Architectural Theory’

As part of the symposium a launch of the book ŒBishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral: Tracing Relationships between Medieval Concepts of Order and Built Form Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral² Edited by Nicholas Temple, University of Huddersfield, UK, John Shannon Hendrix, University of Lincoln, UK and Christian Frost, Birmingham City University, UK will take place. A finger food buffet reception and hot drinks will be served at 4.00pm at the EMMTEC foyer, and we start at 4.30 pm.

Distinguished Speakers include:

  1. Prof. Nicholas Temple: Bishop Robert Grosseteste And Lincoln Cathedral; Tracing Relationships between Medieval Concepts of Order and Built Form (Introducing the book: Edited by Nicholas Temple, John Hendrix and Christian Frost
  2. Prof. John Hendrix: ‘Architecture and Cosmology’
  3. Dr. Nicholas Bennett: ‘Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral’.
  4. Dr. Philippa Hoskin:’Robert Grosseteste and pastoral care in the diocese’
  5. Prof. Christian Frost: ‘Festival, Time and Order in the Medieval City’

Please book your place on the booking form here.

You can find more information on the book here.

We hope to see you there!