Final year undergraduate students, studying Architecture, Architectural Design Technology and Interior Architecture and Property Development in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, exhibited their work at the Architecture and Design End of Year Show held at the City Campus in Wolverhampton.
Lecturers and graduates joined representatives from Willmott Dixon, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Wolverhampton and District Society of Architects, the Birmingham Architectural Association and architects, Corstorphine+Wright to view the work and award prizes to the students.
The student projects over the past year have focused on designing a ‘Maggie’s Centre’ for Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital on a brownfield site; developing a community space in the ruins of St. James’s Priory in Dudley, a Grade I listed building; and designing an extension for the Meeting Point House in Telford Town Centre.
Colin Orr, Head of the Department of Architecture at the University, said: “We’ve been running a show for our CIAT accredited courses for over 10 years which covers our portfolio of architecture courses.
“Students showcase their final year projects in front of family, friends and employers, covering the process from design right through to tender stage. All of the students showcasing work have already gained employment in the industry.”
Jennie Hennessey, Principal Communications Manager at Willmott Dixon, said: “Willmott Dixon has a strong ethos around next generation and supporting skills within the construction industry and our apprenticeships and management trainee programmes are drive specifically for that.
“We’re delighted to be here because students coming through are the architects of tomorrow. As a contractor, when thinking about the prizes we offer, we’ve focused not on technical skills or competence, but softer skills, looking specifically at where students have collaborated because the ability to sell the story of your scheme is equally important. Supporting individuals to have soft skills will help to make them employable.
“It’s critical that students link up with employers because having practical, real industry experience is very important.”
Agorot Bol-Deng (Aggie), Interior Architecture & Property Development student, said: “Having companies come out to see us really helps us to see what the industry is doing currently.
“I’ve always had a passion for architecture I would love to have an impact on the built environment, especially in design where my passion really does lie, but how it affects our community, in terms of planning, and how buildings really affect us on a day to day business and how our designs can impact someone’s wellbeing.”
Anyone wanting to study Architecture or the Built Environment should register for the next Open Day on Saturday 17th August 2019.