Issue date: 02 July 2004

ISSUE DATE: 01/07/04

A colour installation in the Studios Building of the University of the West of England (UWE) at Frenchay Campus in Bristol, has won a major national award in a prestigious competition for its contribution to architectural education.

The ‘Colour Theory Installation’ by artist Andy Bradford, a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UWE, received a special award in the Building of the Year Award 2004, sponsored by The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust and Sky.

This is a significant accolade for Andy and for the Studios building at UWE, as this competition attracts the leaders in the field of architecture each year. This year the overall Building of the Year Award was won by Frank Gehry, the US-based architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, for his design of ‘Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre’ in Dundee. Frank Gehry has been described as the world’s greatest living architect. In addition other specialist awards were won by innovative constructions such as Selfridges in Birmingham (sometimes called the ‘bubble wrap’ building), and ‘The Bridge of Aspirations’ at the Royal Ballet School in London.

Speaking about the Award Andy Bradford says, "I am delighted to receive this award as it confirms the significant contribution that Artists can make to the built environment. In this particular case, the award also recognises the importance of this art work in educational terms, as it acts as a teaching resource for students, staff and visiting built environment professionals. The judges also recognised the necessity to educate Architects and Planners in the use of colour generally, - the significant effect that colour choice has upon the perception of the built form, and the psychological effects of colour."

The installation, which consists of panels of colour outside and inside the building, was based on the theory of colour, showing how colour can change mood, and the sense of space in a building. The Studios is used by students studying on UWE’s acclaimed architecture and planning courses.

This latest award is a further accolade for the award winning Studios building, which was opened in October 2002, designed by Bristol-based White Design Architects – Craig White is also a part-time lecturer at UWE. In November 2002 the Studios won first prize in the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (BIAT) awards, which recognize technical excellence in design and construction, an award which went to the Eden Project in Cornwall the previous year. The Studios also reached the final three of the sustainability category in the ‘Brick Awards 2002’. The building demonstrates a use of innovative construction techniques, such as straw bale panels and ‘glued’ thin bed masonry, and acts as a teaching resource for students.


Editor’s notes

Jpg – of Andy’s Colour Theory Installation available upon request from the Press Office.
Andy Bradford qualified as an architect and trained as a Fine Artist at St Martins college of Art and Chelsea college of Art in London. He collaborates with Architects on public art projects, and works as a colour consultant for built environment professionals.

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