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UEL Architecture students showcase internationally inspired work at Open Studio

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Architecture students get feedback and advice from top industry professionals

Architecture students at the University of East London (UEL) brought an international flavour to their programme’s annual Open Studio with designs inspired by European and international cities. 

They offered ideas for Havana, Cuba; Venice, Florence, Naples, and Milan in Italy; Sarajevo in Bosnia; and Avignon in France. 

Both undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture students participated in the day-long Open Studio, which celebrates the half-way point in year-long projects. 

UEL students are divided into groups and work under the guidance of UEL architecture tutors and lecturers, many of whom run their own professional practices. Students work throughout the year on design briefs, with each student developing their own work. 

This year, students had the opportunity to travel abroad to take in the history, culture, and architecture of a foreign city. They were challenged to come back and develop designs in harmony with that particular place.

Open Studio included discussions with several professional architects who provided feedback on the student projects, a process known in the industry as crits. 

The event also included guest lectures by Wilf Meynell and Nick Newman, both of whom graduated from UEL and subsequently founded Studio Bark. The duo have worked closely with UEL students on a number of projects. 

Open Studio concluded with an evening lecture by Paul Monaghan of the award-winning Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) architect practice, who shared his insights into some of the firm’s notable achievements, including a RIBA Stirling Prize in 2015 for the Burntwood School project. 

Alex Scott-Whitby, a senior lecture in Architecture at UEL and founder of ScottWhitbyStudio, also announced that a new competition will offer several UEL architecture students paid three month placements to work as part of a small team in Broadgate, London to find ways to enhance public and private space within the area’s buildings. 

One member of the team will also have the opportunity to take on an additional three month placement with AHMM. 

The Broadgate team project will be unveiled in June to coincide with the London Festival of Architecture. The opportunity is offered in partnership with AHMM, British Land Developers, Sir Robert McAlpine, ScotttWhitbyStudio and UEL.