Merging Spheres of Design Practice: Architecture into the unknown?

Issue date: 24 June 2016

Launch event:UWEArch@20Show and Discussion Debate, 6 July 2016, 17:30, Engine Shed, Bristol

The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment will mark the 20 year milestone of architecture education at UWE Bristol, with a celebratory exhibition showcasing this year's best graduate talent from across five architecture programmes at Engine Shed, Bristol. The UWEArch@20Show, at Engine Shed will open to the public on 6 July and will run until 20 July. Launching the show on Wednesday 6 July, leading international architects, developers and designers will gather to speak at a specially curated discussion debate event 'Merging Spheres of Design Practice: Architecture into the unknown?

Speakers include:

· Karle Burford, AHR

· Katy Marks, Citizen Design Bureau

· Dragan Krstevski, Make Architects

· David Saxby, Architecture00

· Jason Collard Studio HIVE

Architecture at UWE Bristol was ranked 6th nationally in the Guardian league table and was amongst the programmes to exhibit earlier this month at the successful annual Environment and Technology Degree Show at UWE Bristol.

Elena Marco, Head of Department, says “The idea that the making of good places and buildings – at all scales– is a co-operative enterprise fundamental to our academic culture and portfolio of courses. This event debates how we best equip and empower future graduates in a rapidly changing, competitive and uncertain global environment. We are conscious that the established professions and disciplines are constantly evolving and that our role as educators is to enable future practitioners to develop the understanding and empathy that facilitates working creatively across traditional boundaries. ”

Dr Sonja Oliveira, Senior Lecturer says, “Building on our recent 'energy literacy' research event held by theDepartment of Architecture and the Built Environment and the RIBA report 'The future for architects', the discussion debates questions: What modes of architecture practice are we preparing future graduates for? How do different modes of practice operationalize value in design? Can we assume multiple definitions, responsibilities and roles? This discussion debate focuses on how new and existing modes of practice and education operate and the role they play in designing a powerful learning environment to drive twenty-first century innovation in architecture.”

Nick Sturge, Director at Engine Shed said, “Being in such an historic and iconic building ourselves with a refurbishment in 2013 it's interesting to see their take on the projects they have been given. I hope that the students will enjoy having the opportunity to expose their work to the high tech, creative and low carbon business community, as well as the public that visit here, and think the start they have been given by UWE staff on these fantastic courses will provide us with inspirational spaces in the future.”

Merging Spheres of Design Practice: Architecture into the unknown?Places are limited at this discussion debate and targeted at built environment professionals and academics. To book a place RSVP by 30 June 2016

The exhibition will be open to the public Monday – Friday, 08:30 – 17:00. For further details and how to find us, please visit

Find out more about studying at UWE Bristol; visit the courses webpages for The Department of Architecture and the Built Environment

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