Issue date: 24 June 2003

ISSUE DATE: 24/06/03

28 and 29 June
New Studio Building, Frenchay Campus

Final year Architecture and Planning students from the University of the West of England will exhibit work at the New Studios Building at Frenchay Campus on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June 2003.

The Summer Architecture and Planning Exhibition will be opened by Paul Hyett, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on 27 June. The Bristol Architect George Ferguson who is the RIBA President elect is also expected to attend.

This year many students have used the local area as the basis for their project work. Amongst these are projects featuring plans for Bradley Stoke, Barton Hill, Spike Island and Old Market.

Richard Parnaby, Head of Architecture at UWE and Chairman of the Design Commission for Wales, said this year's group of graduates was one of the most interesting to date. “The students have come up with some really thoughtful and exciting design responses to complex architectural and urban design challenges. I have confidence that all those graduating have an impressive mix of skills and will be great assets to the planning agencies and architectural practices who offer them employment."

James Aplin, fourth year architecture and planning student, has based his final project on a brief to design a craft gallery in Hereford. “I consider myself a Modernist, with a particular interest in Minimalism. Each design is approached with three key words in mind: People, Context and Sustainability, themes which have formed the backbone of my course."

“For my final project I started with an urban analysis of Hereford which has been named the City of Living Craft and made proposals based on a set brief. First of all I needed to identify a suitable site and a talk from the Hereford Partnership helped with this. Many buildings in Hereford are listed so development is somewhat restricted but the Hereford Partnership had identified a good central site near to where many craft people are currently working. I was keen to ensure that the building was designed around sustainable principles. I have included rainwater collection, solar panels and natural ventilation. I strongly believe that architects have a huge responsibility to create ecologically sustainable buildings, to reduce demands on our ever dwindling supply of natural resources.”

Fellow fourth year Architecture and Planning student, Joe Edgard, was also given the brief to design a Craft Centre for Hereford, but his research led him to propose an unusual site for his building. “I found by looking through the archives that there was a building about two hundred years ago which had been demolished and replaced by a wide street. This led me to consider designing a building which would be placed on the ‘footprint’ of the original building in the centre of the street and creating a pedestrianised area around it which would lead into other existing pedestrianised areas of the city.” Joe also came up with some innovative ideas for using the available space, “As well as using the basement area of the building I designed for the project I realised that a number of the surrounding buildings had unused basements so my design incorporates a series of tunnels which enables these spaces to be accessed from the Craft Centre and make the spaces useable.”

Speaking about his experience of the course Joe says, “I think the course at UWE offers a wider social and economic perspective to architecture and planning. Bringing the two areas together has been good as there are obvious natural links between the subjects. I’ve also enjoyed gaining the opportunity to work with students from other related professions like planners, transport planners, surveyors and geographers. It’s this diversity that makes the course stand out and relevant to the real world.”


Editor’s notes

Jpeg pictures of James Aplin with his craft gallery design are available on request.

UWE offers the following courses in architecture, in addition to a wide range of town planning courses:

BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning - The only course in the UK that is accredited by both the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA part one) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Winner of the education prize from the RTPI National Awards for Planning Achievement in 2000.

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Design
Accredited by the British Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Bachelor of Architecture / MA in Architecture
Accreditation sought from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA part two).

MA in Urban Design

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