Friday, 29 June 2012

What to expect at Architecture School...

Below, our volunteer Eve gives her thoughts after completing her first year of Architecture...

Thinking Architecture...                                                                          
So, you’re thinking of doing architecture. You’ve heard the horror stories: long hours, scary crits, harsh tutors, Diet Coke, Red Bull and Boost addictions - they all apparently make an appearance at some point in your studio life. Well, yes, this has been the case for some people (though, most seemed to enter the course with these quirks already firmly established).

But it's not all bad. And maybe you'll actually grow to enjoy the once “scary crits”, “long hours” and “harsh tutors”.

Are you thinking of studying architecture? Photo by Robin Cordiner.
With that in mind, here are some points providing an insight into what architecture may entail...

The Telling Top 5:                                                                                       

1.     Group Projects:  You are thrown into these from the offset; they teach you how to deal with peers and achieve successful (or not so successful) products. This separates the workers from the dossers and is a great way to help you learn as you work. You learn from your mistakes and although it can be difficult to see others take credit for your work, you will benefit in the long run.
2.     Time management:  So, you’ve heard about the all-nighters and energy drink addictions. Yes, this can be the case if you allow it to. Working steady and often is the best method for relieving stress. Socialising is as much a part of the learning experience as the course is, so…HAVE A LIFE outside of studio!
3.     Crits:  These are the presentation of your work to a group of peers and tutors. They can appear intimidating to begin with, however, practice does make perfect! You are better to be clear and concise, taking a relaxed and conversational approach. Yes, some feedback can be harsh, but, it is usually very valid and justifying your decisions and ideas is key!

4.     Diversity:  You pick up a lot fast on the course. You can start with minimal experience and develop to having a range of well-established skills if you work at it and practice. THINK SPATIALLY!

5.     Have Fun:  This is the most important of all! Make friends with your flatmates, make time to go out, explore the new city you are in and make your projects experimental and fun! Don’t become a social recluse within the first year, it benefits no one! The tutors love to see you enjoying the projects, so find your way to do it!

Architecture just requires you to take the plunge, throw your whole self into uni life and to take it as it comes…stressing and worrying honestly achieves nothing!


For a taster of what is ahead in architecture school, and a great intro to design thinking, the PLACE Urban Design Summer School is one of the best events of the summer - and a unique opportunity for those aged 14-19 to get to grips with architecture, design, planning and public art. It runs from 6th-10th August in Belfast. 

Find out more and book a place at

Students and graduates: have you got any more advice for the aspiring young architects out there? Leave us a comment!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Photoblog: The Olympic torch on the North Coast

The Olympic torch relay on Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Photo copyright David Bunting, Images-NI.
Our photoblogger David Bunting got some great snaps of the Olympic Flame among some of the iconic scenery of the north coast.

He also took in some of the architectural sights of the area - the new Causeway Visitor Centre and Mussenden Temple. See loads more images after the jump!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Using Tax Incentives to Revive Historic Buildings

The UAHS and RICS present a seminar next Friday 22nd June at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Click the flyer below for details.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Event 20th June: "The Danish Experience: What's in it for us?"

The CTC, the UK National Cyclist's Organisation, are hosting the Danish Cycling Embassy in Belfast. They hold a public meeting in The MAC on 20th June at 18.15, chaired by Conall McDevitt MLA. Click the flyer below for more details.

All queries should go directly to the CTC: contact info.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

MAG seeks new expert advisors (deadline 29th June)

Click the advertisement to enlarge.
Please note that enquiries regarding this role must be made directly to DCAL/MAG:
Phone: 028 9051 5157
Email: [email protected]

Enquiries to PLACE will not receive a reply.

Call for Community Partners: somewhereto_ NI

To ensure we reach young people and space-holders across Northern Ireland, somewhereto_ NI would like to hear from individuals, groups, and organisations who are interested in supporting this project at the community level.

somewhereto_ is an initiative of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Project, run by Livity UK in media partnership with Channel 4 Education. Its aim is to liberate spaces for 16-25 year-olds to do the things they love within the arts, culture, and sport.

Co-ordinated in Northern Ireland by PLACE, somewhereto_ works with young people and space-holders to provide lasting impact by supporting local talent and encouraging creative use of underused spaces.

Want to host an information night in your area? Contact Rebekah at [email protected] or call (028) 9023 2524.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Invitation: Architecture End of Year Show at UU

The end-of-year show at University of Ulster starts this Friday 8th June at 6pm.  Click the flyer to enlarge.

Photoblog: Castle Ward

Our photoblogger David Bunting recently took a trip to historic National Trust property, Castle Ward. Here are some of the shots he took of the building and its richly decorated rooms.

Photo from David Bunting, Images-NI.

Photo from David Bunting, Images-NI.

Photo from David Bunting, Images-NI.

Photo from David Bunting, Images-NI.
See more of Castle Ward's sumptuous interiors after the jump.

Invitation: Making Architects end-of-year show at QUB

The QUB Architecture end-of-year show starts on Thursday 7th June at 6pm. Click to enlarge the invite.