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NUA BA Architecture students pose for photo at school treehouse design event

Architecture students help primary pupils imagine treehouse homes

Infant school pupils in Norwich were given a mini-masterclass in modelling treehouses by NUA architecture students as part of the Festival of Norwich and Norfolk Architecture (FANN17).

Students ran a series of workshops at Lionwood Infants School in Norwich with six and seven-year-olds. Each child had the chance to design and build their own scale model of a tree-house from natural materials. About 90 pupils took part and they were asked to experiment with different structural methods of building their treehouse and imagine the special characteristics of living in a tree.

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Fifth Festival of Architecture in Norwich and Norfolk takes “memory” as its theme

The Fifth Festival of Architecture will be held in Norwich and Norfolk, displaying the best work from the county’s architects and showcasing buildings, interiors, landscape design and master planning. Organised by the Norfolk Association of Architects, the local brand of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this year’s festival includes lectures, walking tours, awards and exhibitions on the theme of “memory”. The festival was launched in 2009 and runs every two years with the aim of celebrating architecture and design. Read the full programme of events – which begin on September 27 and runs until November.

Boardman house image in its current form, with an adapted version created by VFX

Students destroy University Building via VFX

It’s not often that a student gets to destroy a University Building, but when NUA’s BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) VFX students collaborated on a recent project during March 2017, looking at how buildings in Norwich might be changed by animals or insects after some kind of apocalypse, they decided to research how the University itself might deteriorate and collapse after 300 years and an invasion of Death Watch Beetles. In a unique 6 day collaboration project, Architecture students researched how the buildings underlying structure might be stressed and disintegrate over time, whilst VFX students incorporated textures and 3D digital projections into photographic documentation of contemporary spaces.

Watch a film about Architecture’s new building, redesigned by Visiting Lecturer

Year 1 student Margaret Belle and year 3 student Oliver Briscall-Harvey talk about the new Architecture building Boardman House and its features in a new NUA film. The building was designed by local architect and NUA visiting lecturer Anthony Hudson.

Graduate selected for major UK conference presentation

2016 Architecture graduate Priyanka Shah has been selected to present a paper at a major housing and architecture conference in Liverpool. Priyanka will present her paper in September 2016 at the ‘Government and Housing in a Time of Crisis: Policy, Planning Design and Delivery’ at Liverpool John Moores University. The conference keynote speakers include delegates from Royal Institute of British Architects, National Housing Federation and Northern Housing Consortium.

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Architecture students survey sites in Berlin field trip

In March 2016, NUA Architecture students had the opportunity to survey sites in central Berlin in collaboration with Fine Art students. The students drew up plans and elevations for their ‘tripfolios’, of sites and buildings with the six-day trip culminating in a tour of the German Senate & Government Office. Students were also introduced to world class contemporary Architectural buildings such as the Dutch Embassy by Rem Koolhaas, the Bauhaus Museum by Sert, The David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum and Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower.

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Students share portfolios and design work with RIBA President

Architecture students met with Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President Jane Duncan on campus at NUA. Read more about the visit to NUA.

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NUA Architecture building wins prestigious RIBA award

NUA’s Boardman House building has won a 2016 regional RIBA East award from The Royal Institute of British Architects. Boardman House won first place in the Norfolk category and the accolade was announced at an award ceremony held by RIBA in Cambridge on Thursday 14 April. Boardman House will now be considered for the final stage, a National RIBA Award. Alongside the RIBA win, Boardman House won the Heritage Award at the Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards on 12 April. The building was designed by Anthony Hudson, Visiting Professor at NUA. Read more about Boardman House facilities.

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New Architecture Building featured in RIBA Journal

A new NUA building, Boardman House, which houses the Architecture course has been featured in the RIBA Journal. The building which opened in 2015 features architectural elements from the original design by architect Edward Boardman combined with contemporary updates to provide an inspirational environment for students. Read the article here.

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Course trip to Belfast

Students made a trip to Belfast in Northern Ireland to take in the city and reflect on their own practice. Venues visited included the Belfast Printing Press (with a tour from the Editor of The Irish News), the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Titanic Quarter of Belfast Docks.

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Students exhibit work in Modern Art Gallery

Year One students built an installation in the Modern Art Gallery at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery exploring thresholds, linking with the current exhibition Build Your Own and the spooky Visitor Programme theme. Students had a unique opportunity to exhibit alongside works by Barbara Hepworth and Marc Chagall and to learn how a museum operates.

LSI site visit

Students visit innovative site

NUA students made a site visit to view a new student accommodation being developed for the UEA by LSI Architects. As part the professional studies component of their studies, the students viewed the construction’s innovative CLT panels and learned how it has been designed to be made on a very tight schedule while achieving BREAM standard for sustainable building.

FANN Duke Street Exhibition

Year One students exhibit work

A show of work by Year One students was displayed in the NUA Duke Street building in a creative installation featuring doors donated by Anglian Paint Strippers. The work investigates notions of the home through a close examination and investigation of thresholds. Students examined how windows and doors can be manipulated and their role as frames of architectural space can be challenged.


Will Alsop lectures at NUA

Internationally renowned and sometimes controversial architect Will Alsop gave an evening lecture at NUA. Alsop’s iconic designs such as the Peckham Library, the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and ‘Le Grand Bleu’ in Marseilles have established him as a visionary in the field of architecture. Topics covered including a look at how writing, painting and ‘playing’ can further our understanding of design. The lecture was hosted by NUA as part of FANN15, a biennial celebration of architecture in Norfolk.


Architecture recognised as a Part 1 Prescribed Course by ARB

In November the BA (Hons) Architecture course at NUA receives its official recognition by the Architects Registration Board, automatically providing Part 1 exemption. Read the full press release about NUA’s ARB recognition.


NUA takes part in FANN

NUA is hosting a series of events as part of the Festival of Architecture Norwich & Norfok 2015 (FANN), including exhibitions of student work and a keynote lecture from controversial architect Will Alsopp.


Graduate secures position at LSI

Graduate Matthew Reeve (2015) has been welcomed to a position at LSI Architects. Partner Rupert Kitchen said: “Recruitment is a challenge for every business, but links forged with courses at Norwich University of the Arts and City College Norwich are invaluable and it’s very encouraging to see that there is talent on the doorstep for businesses like ours to offer opportunities to.”

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Students celebrated at special awards event

A number of prizes sponsored by Norwich Architecture practices have been awarded to students in recognition of the drawing skills, innovation and sustainable designs on display in their degree show. A special awards reception was held in June at the show which was attended by students, course staff and representatives from Norwich-based architects who have supported the course over the past three years.

Award presentation

Purcell Research Report Prize announced

Student Joseph Stancer (Year Three) has been awarded the Purcell Research Report Prize, for his final graduating project: The [food] Exchange. The project aims to break down barriers existing between the once conflicting communities of Belfast through the mutual agendas of farming, production and consumption and to allow consumers more interaction and a greater understanding of where their food comes from. The prize was awarded by Paul Kings, Associate at Purcell’s Norwich office (pictured, left, presenting Joseph with the prize). Joseph commented: “To win the Purcell Prize for my Research report was extremely fulfilling, given it was a piece of work I had put a great deal of time and effort into. It was the conclusion of my research over the past three years so to have this recognised and rewarded by the panel at Purcell was a fantastic accolade.”

Award presentation

Student earns job with award win

Barron and Smith Architects presented an Award for Sustainable Design to NUA student Joseph Stancer, who has also been rewarded with a full-time job with the company. Barron and Smith Associate Sarah Lewis presented the award (pictured), describing Joe’s drawings as “well resolved and show a building that integrates well into the urban fabric picking up on historical cues from the surrounding city. Joseph added: “For my design project to have been recognised by Barron and Smith Architects, who have worked on many projects that foster the growth of integrated, healthy communities, in addition to pioneering building fabrics and passive house designs, is truly an honour.”

Award presentation

RIBA East presents Student Award

Year Three student Tamsyn-Sydonia Rootsey-Freeman has been presented with the RIBA East Student Award for Outstanding Design Innovation for her project NOISE: Northern Irish Space Exploration. NOISE examines the effect on the city of Belfast’s urban spaces if it was to ever join the space race. The award was presented by RIBA East chairman Jon Greenfield (pictured).

Prize presentation

LSI Drawing Prize awarded to student’s restaurant idea

LSI Architects Partner Rupert Kitchen attended the NUA Architecture awards to present a Drawing Prize to graduating student Arpan Sunuwar. Arpan’s project, titled Heston Blumenthal’s Belfast Restaurant Laboratory, was inspired by the chef’s innovative and explorative approach to food which Arpan applied in his concept and design of a new building. Arpan’s technical drawings and understated computer visualisations conveyed the experience of his proposal to the viewer. Rupert explained: “All drawings of architecture are fiction and while the idea remains a drawing, it is just that, an idea, and a successful drawing is one that best describes the idea, and for this Arpan’s work stood out.” After visiting the degree show, Rupert was impressed with what he described as the “vibrancy and ambition of the work on display.”

Lecturer creates music video

Lecturer Micheal Lewis has remixed the video for The Charlatans’ ‘Talking in Tones’ to match the recently released remix of the single by Grumbling Fur. See more of Michael’s work.

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Lecturer shortlisted for RIBA award

A refurbishment project at the Science Museum by NUA Lecturer John Norman is among 24 shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Small Projects Award. The project, selected from over 250 submissions, concerned the redevelopment of the museum’s Garden Gallery, aimed at 3-6 year olds. John explains: “The refurbishment intended to appeal to adults and children to fulfil the client’s aspiration to increase visitors’ sense of wonder whilst overcoming the technical issues with the gallery. This was achieved by a play on the gallery’s name and mainly water focused interactive exhibits with the gallery conceptually turning into a giant garden pond.”

Lecturer’s live performance responds to Sainsbury Centre

Lecturer Michael Lewis has collaborated with audiovisual artist and composer Matt Parker on Reflections on Collection, a project comprising an audio guide, companion video and live performance in response to the spatial and temporal conditions of the collection at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The live performance component took place at the Resonance event in February.


Lecturer selected for Amsterdam festival

Amsterdam’s FIBER Festival, an event celebrating audiovisual art, digital culture and music, has featured work by Year One lecturer Michel James Lewis. Michael’s film A Love Letter for Alan Cooke was created as part of a larger work looking at the significance of otherwise maligned cultural heritage, using the example of Anglia Square, a 1960s brutalist building in North Norwich.

University of Cambridge academic lectures at NUA

Year Three Architecture students have been treated to a lecture by Dr. Wendy Pullan, Head of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. The lecture was titled Iconicity of Jerusalems Separation Barrier: In the Shadow of the Wall and explored the effects of division on everyday life in divided cities, the architecture of separation barriers, media and visibility and the use of the wall as a surface as well as a spatial arena where conflicts are played out in urban conflicts.


Students deliver Tate Summer School

Architecture students from NUA have assisted in the delivery of a Tate Summer School. Year two students Matt Sawyer, Tammy Rootsey Freeman and Joe Stancer joined NUA Fine Art Senior Lecturer Jo Addison to work with pupils from Europe, Brazil and Australia to develop ‘The Noticer’, a physical outcome from thoughts and ideas generated from touring the Tate Modern. Pictured is Constructed illusion of escaping harbours from polarimerty explosion by Tammy Rootsey Freeman, a work which is a progression of her work at the summer school.

Architecture Fieldtrip

Students visit Braga

Architecture students and staff visited Portugal and Spain on a recent study trip to explore some of the location’s most famous architectural sights including Braga Stadium, Portugal (pictured). Designed by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, the sports stadium was carved from a quarry that overlooked the city of Braga. Students also visited the Santiago Galican Centre for Culture designed by a collective of architects led by Peter Eisenman.

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