Students have designs on careers in architecture
Students from the University of Wolverhampton have shown they have designs on careers in architecture by putting their degree work on display at their annual show.
A range of Undergraduate students studying Architecture and Architectural Design Technology in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, exhibited their work at the Architecture and Design End of Year Show held at the University’s Springfield Campus
Lecturers and graduates joined their families and friends as well as representatives from Wolverhampton and District Society of Architects (WDSA), RIBA West Midlands, Birmingham Architectural Association, and local architectural practices, to view the work.
Olive White, Programme Leader for Architecture, said: “Graduate employability is one of the key ethos and area of focus for all the courses in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. Throughout the courses, our students have the opportunity to work on real world projects, gaining first-hand experience and often engaging with an actual client, helping to create ‘work ready’ graduates.
“These projects allow students to develop their own design responses within a context but also allow engagement in teamwork, an important part of the curriculum. Many of our ’real’ projects are located within the Black Country and associated with brownfield research, ensuring students understand the environmental imperative that we build on more suitable brownfield sites in the future.
“Whilst these provide a local and regional focus, architecture excursions both within the UK and abroad, augment student exposure and assist in improving their abilities to analyse architectural and urban situations simultaneously.”
This year, second-year Architecture degree students have been working with the Cosford Museum and Wolverhampton City Council on two projects including the regeneration proposals for Horsley Fields, Wolverhampton.
Final year students from Architectural Design Technology and Architecture had the opportunity to visit Jamie's Farm in London in February and worked on their own proposals for a similar project on an adjacent brownfield site to the school. Students from the Master’s in Architecture degree worked on a variety of themes related to social justice and sustainability on a broad range of brownfield sites across the Black Country including a floating Climate Research and Community Centre in Uttoxeter Quarry.
All students took part in VERTICAL23, a project which students across all years and courses worked together in diverse groups, producing designs for a community centre for the following local groups; Boundary Way Allotments and Wolves Play Cafe. The winners of this competition were awarded on the night.
Dr Paul Hampton, Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University said: “This annual show is an opportunity for students to showcase all their work, the real-life projects they’ve been involved in and some of the models they’ve engaged with during their time here.
“We were delighted to welcome families as well as employers, affording students with the opportunity to pitch to them and display their skillsets and, in many cases, it can lead to real-life opportunities for them. We’ve got a mixture of students here from different levels so there were also valuable opportunities for them to network with each other.”
Loane Tchoudi, a first year Architecture student, said: “I’ve always been interested in buildings and what’s going on in my surroundings and I wanted to see if I could make a real impact in this project. I also like being really creative but I’ve always wanted to do something practical.
“The brief was to create a shared house of learning for three clients and I chose a sculpture, architect and managing editor and photographer.
“I used the concept of curvature and proportion as the basis for my design project because art is at the heart of all of the clients’ professions. I made a sculptural building that complemented our School of Art, which is a brutalist building, but I wanted something that contrasted with it. It was a challenging project but I think I’ve created work that’s unique.
“It’s a wonderful, collaborative space at Springfield and I enjoy studying here.”
Leigh Holt, Managing Director and Principal Architect at etc Design Limited and Chair of WDSA, said: “Congratulations to all the architecture students on their work presented at the WLVArchitecture End of Year Show.
“It was a pleasure to be involved in a small way with the ADT students and their RAF Museum project. Some truly diverse and well-presented final schemes. Well done everyone.”
The new School of Architecture and Built Environment offers specialist teaching and social learning spaces, design studios, specialist labs, multi-disciplinary workshops, a lecture theatre, cafe, offices, meeting rooms, and advanced VR facilities in the construction holodeck with the top floor dedicated to architectural courses.
The Architectural Studios are equipped with high-end workstations that allow for all students to be located together allowing for peer-to-peer learning and naturally occurring vertical learning, which is important to prepare for practice. The proximity of the ADT studios is especially important as it also allows for the natural cross-over of teaching and learning between these closely aligned courses.
Each student has a dedicated individual workspace where they can hone their critical thinking skills both as individuals and as a larger community, providing a solid foundation in the creative process. The dedicated architecture studios are supplemented by a material workshop, smart modelling and assembly workshop for physical model making and the Construction Holodeck to support state of the art digital workflows.
The School offers a variety of courses that support skills in architecture, construction, civil engineering, building control, building services, facilities management, quantity surveying, planning, construction management, housing and commercial.
Home to the Thomas Telford University Technical College (UTC), the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment, and the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, the regeneration of the former Springfield Brewery is central to the University’s vision of enhancing the student experience and supporting business growth. It is also home to the University’s new National Brownfield Research Institute for which the University recently secured £14.9 million funding from the BCLEP through the government’s Get Building Fund.
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