An undergraduate 'studio' is a smaller study group taken by Year 2 and 3 architecture students at the University's School of Art, Architecture and Design. A postgraduate 'unit' is a smaller study group taken by students of the Architecture RIBA 2 – MArch course. Each studio or unit is led by a member of academic staff, often in association with a professional practitioner or organisation. At the start of the year, the leaders of each studio and unit present their studio's themes, position and approach to all students during a market day. Students then choose their preferred studio from the wide range of issues, methods of working and types of projects available.
The studio approach brings many benefits including smaller and more focused teaching groups, a joined-up approach to modules, experience of professional practice, collaboration and teamwork, opportunities to exhibit and even an element of healthy competition. If a studio isn't popular enough with our students then it doesn't run – so our academic staff work hard every year to make sure that they are appealing, engaging, challenging and relevant.
Our studios evolve year on year. You can see details of older studios in our studio archive.
UG Architecture Studio 01: Building and Belonging
Holly Jean Crosbie, Kieran Wardle, Owain Williams
Exploring identity, place and belonging through proposing a new cultural anchor in a coastal town
UG Architecture Studio 02: Spaces of Birth – Spaces of Death
Charlotte Harris and Colin O’Sullivan
Times of birth and death represent the two most momentous times of our lives, and those of our families and friends. Often, the spaces where these events are played out are ill considered and show scant regard for what is happening inside, and here too, people’s power and agency is often disregarded. We will make proposals that suggest an alternative to the current norms. “I have now decided that…….. I’d like my death to be as interesting as my life has been.” David Bowie
UG Architecture Studio 03: SCHOOL OF EVERYDAY PRACTICE - Pedagogy of Play
Jane McAllister, Alex Somerville
Overview “The difference between play and what is regarded as serious employment should be not a difference between the presence and absence of imagination, but a difference in the materials with which imagination is occupied.” John Dewey ‘SCHOOL OF EVERYDAY PRACTICE’, will establish a sustainable platform to foster long-term knowledge exchange and growth for the village of Belmonte, Calabro. It will combine new industries with the everyday, initiate forms of playful governance.
UG Architecture Studio 04: The New Tenement
Fran Balaam, Ingrid Petit
This year the studio will design a new housing typology for Glasgow: A new tenement. We will look at the specific spatial characteristics of a home in the 21st Century city in a housing crisis, and how, in a commodified housing market, a typology can create a sense of community. We will help you develop a close understanding of materials, tectonics and construction methods with proposals that are practical, robust and tied to how people live
UG Architecture Studio 05: Home?
Theo Thysiades, Chris Smith, Spyros Kaprinis
As the world and our environment is quickly changing around us and our lives are increasingly becoming more complex, we will ask you to think about and design a simple house whose interior is a kind of sanctuary, a place you can feel at home.
PG Architecture Unit 02: A New Camden Arts Centre
Tony Fretton, Jack Hawthorn
Design a new building to replace the existing Camden Arts Centre. As with all Unit 2 programs, the program this year has a high degree of reality and with some realities removed.
PG Architecture Unit 04: Phenomenal Stratification
Jonas Lundberg, Nate Kolbe
Unit04 continues its quest and exploration of how 3D scanning techniques and a range of emergent digital media allow us to work on a higher level of specificity when it comes to a time based ecological architecture forging an integral bond between landscape and building. What other/new forms of digital transformations can we utilize? Can emergent technology propel our search for a regenerative architecture?
PG Architecture Unit 06: After the Arrival City: Neos Kosmos
Dr Bo Tang and Robert Barnes
Unit 06 will explore prosfygika (refugee housing) and social infrastructure in the neighbourhood of Neos Kosmos, Athens, Greece.
PG Architecture Unit 07: Poetic Pragmatism II: FACTORY
David Grandorge, Ted Swift
The design of a low embodied and operational energy factory for the fabrication of engineered timber components and pre-fabricated planar elements on a site on Frog Island, Rainham.
PG Architecture Unit 08: Tolerance in the practice of architecture
Takero Shimazaki, Alex Butterworth, Katherine Nolan, Paolo Emilio Pisano, Jennifer Frewen
This year, Unit 8 will work with a theme of tolerance in architecture practice and design, exploring a way to design that is embracing of the anomalies and the ‘uncontrollable’ physical elements in the idea of re-use. We welcome Katherine Nolan and Alex Butterworth of Studio KA to our teaching team, collaborating and exploring the potential of re-use in architecture today and for the 21st century.
PG Architecture Unit 09: Convivial City
Stephen Taylor, Giles Townshend, Han Wang
This year Unit 9 will base its projects in London and focus its programmes to address the inequality of housing provision towards young people and key workers.
PG Architecture Unit 12: The Invisible World
Peter St John, Amy Grounsell
The year’s design project will examine environments for learning, and focus on the design of a school in North London with classrooms and a garden. We will visit sites of ecological interest with an ecologist, and study the ideas of artists and architects interested in nature. We will look for underlying relationships in the natural world that might provide a model for human inhabitation.