Over the summer months, we enjoyed attending over 20 school of architecture summer shows across the country including The CASS, London School of Architecture, The Bartlett, Oxford Brookes, Manchester, Liverpool and Portsmouth.
Particular highlights for me included the #IHeartPompey pavilion (image above) by Masters students from Portsmouth School of Architecture and Unit 9 at The CASS, London Metropolitan University which had a fantastic table of housing models. It was also great to attend the opening of a new school of architecture at Reading University and hear about their research driven collaborative teaching pedagogy.
The beauty of seeing a variety of student shows demonstrates how diverse our architectural education is in this country. We’re all fully aware of some of the issues facing architectural education but there seems to be a greater emphasis on political, cultural, economic and social issues in student projects this year. Of course, this is unlikely to change considering the current climate, but I look forward to seeing what students produce in the new academic year.