First Year

About the show

The First Year of the BA Architecture course introduces students of Architecture to the discipline of designing through making.

Two preliminary projects in the first half of the year introduce ways of representation, testing of ideas through exploration and experimentation with drawing techniques and modes of making. For their major project in the second half of the year students work out their first building proposal under the guidance of individual design tutor. The First Year Architecture at The Cass pursues a strong developmental agenda, which is open to a large variety of approaches and ideas. Underlying all our work is a curiosity the role architecture can assume in the way the city functions, lives and plays.

The first term project Making Furniture is based on the understanding and appropriation of industrial ways of making to designs that enrich our everyday experience. The street furniture students produced for a High Street in North London aimed to give visibility to the local area's rich culture of making. All proposals draw on the processes we observed on visits to places of making in Tottenham, ranging from stone masons, shoe makes, chandelier maker, quilters to wood carvers and others. The major project of the second part of the year, Making Spaces, aims to bring together spaces dedicated to making and living in a building that negotiates the conditions of private and public within its urban context. Students are challenged to work out their designs through modelling and drawing, towards imaginative propositions that bear relevance and show appreciation for the city we inhabit.

Phillipa Longson - workhome for neon sign maker

Exhibition details

Location Central House, 1st Floor
Course Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1

Students' work

 Phillipa Longson
Phillipa Longson Workhome for neon sign maker

Workhome for neon sign maker 

 Urban Picknic Blanket
Architecture and Interior Design Celebration Week 2014

Produced using the principle of quilting 

 Site in South Tottenham
Site in South Tottenham


 Irene Scarpellino
Irene Scarpellino Site concept models

Site concept models 

 Phillipa Longson
Phillipa Longson1 200 Case study model of Hakka Roundhouse

1:200 Case study model of Hakka Roundhouse 

 Collage of Making Process
Collage of Making Process Chandelier makers in Tottenham

Chandelier makers in Tottenham 

 Making of Full Scale Objects
The furniture project introduces workshop practice

The furniture project introduces workshop practice 

 Knitted Staircase - adapted for exterior use
Architecture Knitted Staircase

Has been shortlisted for various competitions 

 Casting workshop
Casting Workshop Early stages of model making

Early stages of model making 

 Sarah Weiss
Sarah Weiss Conceptual case study model

Conceptual case study model 

 Nigel Garcia
Nigel Garcia Interim crit presentation

Interim crit presentation 

 Luke Vouckelatou
Luke Vouckelatou Spatial concept for a workhome

Spatial concept for a workhome 

 Johnathan Craven
Johnathan Craven Relation between model and drawing

Relation between model and drawing 

 Model Photography
Model Photography Lukas Courmont  Jonathan Craven

Lukas Courmont & Jonathan Craven 

 Nigel Garcia
Nigel Garcia Inhabited plan of building on site

Inhabited plan of building on site 

 Delia Scarpellino
Delia Scarpellino Workhome for a cake maker

Workhome for a cake maker 

 Michele Straiotto
Michele Straiotto Final proposal

Final proposal 

 Philipa Longson
Philipa Longson Night view of workhome for a neon sign maker

Night view of workhome for a neon sign maker 

Pascal Bronner
Keita Tajima
Sarah Considine
Dean Walker
Cristina Gerada
Chianna Roberts
Gonzalo Coello de Portugal
Thomas Hillier
Mark Smith
Tania Lopez Winkler

Frances Holliss