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A snapshot of work in progress by architecture students has been displayed to the academic community at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). The BA Architecture course has opened a studio exhibition of the work of year two students titled Cinematic Landscapes, displaying architectural models, sketches, digital illustrations and pamphlets. View some of the student’s work.
For their annual overseas visit, undergraduate Architecture students travelled to Prague to study the city’s unique mixture of gothic and contemporary design. Students took in a number of sites, including Prague Castle, Adolf Loos’ 1930 Villa Müller and Jože Plecnik’s 1932 Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord. When not wandering the city’s beautiful streets and visiting historic buildings, the students enjoyed a night out at Europe’s biggest club and attended the Prague National Opera.
‘Creativity in Contect: New Build meets Heritage at Battersea and Abroad’ was the title of the second Purcell Heritage Lecture which was delivered by Heather Jermy, an Associate at Purcell, in April. Entrance was free for students alongside attendees from the architecture profession.
The first of two lectures centred on architectural heritage was delivered at NUA by Paul Kings, an Associate at Purcell. ‘Looking After our Heritage: Local Examples of Historic Building Evolution was delivered in March with free entrance for BA Architecture students.
NUA’s latest free to the public City Lecture was given by architect John Worthington. A director of the Academy of Urbanism and Co-founder of DEGW, John reflected on spaces that have been special to him, discussed the characteristics of urbanity and how the re-establishment of the Civil Society can reinforce a sense of individual ownership and responsibility to make better cities. He contented that good architects design meaningful spaces, however they do not become great places until they are inhabited and loved by individuals and institutions.
Rod Heyes, project architect at Caruso St. John for the Brick House, the refurbishment of the Barbican Concert Hall, Spike Island in Bristol and Chiswick House Cafe, delivered an evening lecture at NUA. Rod is currently leading the practice’s work at Tate Britain. He has taught architecture at the University of Bath and at London Metropolitan University and has led Diploma Unit 4 at Kingston University for the last three years.
Students and NAA/RIBA members were treated to an evening lecture at NUA by Robert Sakula. Robert has taught and lectured on architecture at the Architectural Association and in London, Stockholm, Oslo, Milan, Berlin and Chongqing. He worked for Sir Clough Williams-Ellis at Portmeirion and with David Lea, a pioneer in sustainable architecture using innovative timber frame techniques. He has worked on projects in Mexico, Monte Carlo and the UK for DEGW Architects and co-founded Ash Sakula Architects in 1994. He is a RIBA Competitions Advisor, a Civic Trust Awards Assessor and a member of the London Borough of Newham Design Review Panel.
The Architecture course hosted a guest lecturer from structural engineer Jane Wernick of Jane Wenick Associates. Jane has extensive experience of unusual and challenging structures designed in collaboration with leading architects and is a member of numerous panels such as Design Council Cabe, the EDGE and Building Futures. ‘Building Happiness – Architecture to make you smile’, which she edited, discusses contemporary ideas and debates around the nature of the built environment.
Year One students exhibited drawings and sketchbook work in an online exhibition as part of FANN13 (the Festival of Architecture in Norwich & Norfolk). ‘Patternbook‘ was a three week project that invited the students to study the historic architecture of the city of Norwich and create a live exhibition of their first impressions.
Multiple RIBA award winner Meredith Bowles visited Norwich University of the Arts to deliver the latest guest lecture for BA Architecture students as well as industry guests. Meredith is director of Mole Architects, Ely and Executive Architect of Living Architecture.
The opening the evening lecture series for was delivered by Michál Cohen, joint winner of the inaugural Architects Journal ‘Woman Architect of the Year’ prize earlier this year. Michál is a co-founder of London-based practice Walters & Cohen which has built a portfolio of civic, residential, commercial and cultural projects. The practice is best known for its work in the education sector, having designed more than 50 primary and secondary schools. Notable recent projects include the £6.7 million Hylands School, the £5.3 million Orchard Building at Bedales School (2005) and Colston’s Girls’ School in Bristol (2011).