Showing posts with label Students. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Students. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Thesis Symposium | Thursday 23 January | QUB, David Keir Building, Belfast

The 2014 Architectural Thesis symposium will be held on Thursday 23rd January at Queens University Belfast. 

Thesis Symposium 2014

Now in its third year this day long event seeks to discuss the role and value of the thesis to architectural culture generally and will include presentations from graduates of seven schools of architecture as well as contributions from practitioners and educators. Last year over 250 students attended and the event proved invaluable for many in the building of contacts between the schools and sharing of advice and ideas about the challenges and fruits of this body of work. 

Entry is free and all are welcome. The event will be of particular value to students in their final or penultimate year of formal study. 

The symposium will take place in the David Kier Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT95AG.

More information is available at

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Belfast Martyrium: Collating the Relics of Human Sectarianism | Catherine Howe, Georgina Holden & Jason Stewart

The Belfast Martyrium is an MArch thesis project by Catherine Howe, Georgie Holden and Jason Stewart (University of Liverpool). The project has now been nominated to the RIBA Presidents Medal 2013 to be exhibited in September. The group explain the Belfast Martyrium below....

Although seemingly ordinary, relics from sectarian cities each hold distinct narratives and as unique physical artefacts become markers of time, charting the history of a population. How can these, contentious, potentially vexing objects, be brought together without diluting their narrative and allow their investigation through cultural and educational analysis. By collating martyred objects, how can they be preserved without creating shrines at their archived location, perpetuating further violence and tension? Belfast is a city synonymous with sectarianism for which it attracts global, political and media attention, exemplified by the recent flag protests’ broadcast across the world. 

The Belfast Martyrium. Copyright: Catherine Howe, Georgie Holden &
Jason Stewart (MArch Thesis Group, University of Liverpool).

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Job Opportunity | Forum for Alternative Belfast

Forum for Alternative Belfast, are looking for an architect / graduate, part or full time, for a temporary contract to work on a specific project. 

Forum for Alternative Belfast's Missing City Map. 

The project will require good AutoCad 2D and Sketch-up skills. A methodical approach and a love of accuracy will be needed. Short term contract, flexibility on hours possible.

To apply send your CV to [email protected]

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

What To Do With An Architecture Degree

By PLACE Volunteer Emma Campbell 

Those who have completed a degree in architecture owe it to themselves to reassess their career decisions.

Image: Taken from ‘Working out of Box’ segment on Igor Siddiqui
an Architect turned Product Designer. ‘Ripstop nylon prototype’. Link.
Traditionally, Architecture is considered a vocational degree leading to a determined job description as an ‘Architect’. While this is still the case, architecture graduates can and do consider many other career paths. Alas; it is possible! Try not to feel that innate pressure to continue your studies without the knowledge that you are doing it for the right reasons. 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Young people ask: What is Belfast Missing?

Our young Urban Designers. Photo by Robin Cordiner.

This week, a group of young people aged 14 to 19 have been gathering in a vacant Belfast shop unit to discuss “what Belfast is missing”. They have been brought together for a week-long Urban Design Summer School held at ‘out of PLACE’, a temporary intervention in Belfast’s Obel Tower.

Some of the participants thought that trams were essential for Belfast, while others said that more parks and green spaces were a priority for the city centre. One participant had the idea of forming a public planning council to give people more say in important decisions about the built environment.

"The most interesting aspects were actually all those things that seemed mundane at first," said Finn MacMillan (19) from Belfast, who studies Art History in Edinburgh. "Like transport: how do you balance cycling, public transport and the car?"

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!

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.

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.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Sandy Row: A Vision

Click the poster to enlarge
A group of final year Architecture students at Queen's University Belfast have assembled an exhibition showcasing their project work on Sandy Row in Belfast.

With the help of PLACE and somewhereto_, the students are exhibiting their work at the Art Tank at Gental Dental Care, Lisburn Road, for one night only on Thurs 3rd May from 6-9pm.

All are welcome to attend. See the poster above for more information.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Share your Vision: 21st April 2012

Share Your Vision is the PLACE student platform. Graphic by Anna Skoura.
Share Your Vision is the platform for students of architecture, urban design, planning and related disciplines to share their ideas and discuss topics of interest. The next event is to be held on Saturday 21st April at 12.30pm at PLACE. An established architect will frame the debate and give their experience.

Friday, 10 February 2012

somewhereto_ Share your Vision: A Retrospective

A piece of student work that featured in the presentation.
Last Saturday PLACE held its first student participation event called Share your Vision. The day began with some light refreshments and a brief presentation by some of the PLACE interns and volunteers (Anna Skoura, Gary Potter & Ailish Killilea), giving some insight into the workings of PLACE and some of their own work.

Students participating discussed some of their own projects and interests in the built environment and design. Also present was Mr. Arthur Acheson, of Boyd Partnership and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group, who encouraged debate on design and addressed design concerns in Belfast and Northern Ireland. This informal debate led to some interesting thinking and many intriguing discussions.

Share your Vision aims to:
  • provide a platform where student projects can be viewed by the wider public
  • promote discussion about the built environment
  • to offer the PLACE Blog as an outlet for new ideas

Due to the success of the event and PLACE's desire to encourage student discussion on architecture and the built environment, there will be another Share your Vision event coming this space.


PLACE is the Northern Ireland Regional Coordinator for somewhereto_, a nationwide project to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love within sport, culture and the arts. Run by Livity, in partnership with Channel 4, the project is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Do you need somewhereto_ do the things you love? Get in touch with us...

Tweet us: @somewhereto_NI
Phone: 028 9023 2524

Thursday, 26 January 2012

somewhereto_ Share your Vision

Lord Kitchener by Alfred Leete, image by Anna Skoura, poster by Ailish Killilea.

CALLING ALL STUDENTS! PLACE needs YOU to Share your Vision.

Is there a topic or project you think people should know about? Something within the built environment realm you feel passionate about? Then you should think about our student participation, somewhereto_Share your Vision, event being held at 12:00 on Saturday 4th of February at PLACE.

This is an opportunity for students to share their vision for the future of architecture and design. Whether it's a project you have worked on or a certain built environment topic you would like to discuss, we would encourage you to take part.

Come along and get to know some of the interns and volunteers at PLACE. Bring along any materials you think may illustrate your chosen subject. Refreshments provided.

If you are interested please RSVP Ailish on [email protected]

When?: 12:00pm, Saturday February 4th.
Where?: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast. BT1 5EE.


PLACE is the Northern Ireland Regional Coordinator for somewhereto_, a nationwide project to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love within sport, culture and the arts. Run by Livity, in partnership with Channel 4, the project is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Do you need somewhereto_ do the things you love? Get in touch with us...

Tweet us: @somewhereto_NI
Phone: 028 9023 2524

Friday, 20 January 2012

International course - Constructions in Stone

In this series, The Past in the Present, we explore how the historic urban character of a city can be part of a dynamic and continually evolving contemporary society, with an aim to spark debate on the topic of conservation and heritage in our cities and further afield.

Series curated by Ailish Killilea and Anna Skoura.

The Department of Architecture and Urbanism at the ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, is offering its first course in Practices in Architecture, Constructions in Stone, which will take place from 7 to 12 May 2012.

The course aims to develop skills in Practices in Architecture, particularly in construction and building conservation techniques, and to complement the current curriculum, which is mostly theoretical. 

Students will have the opportunity to work the material and to participate in the construction of a stone structure, under the direction and tutelage of stonemasons and stereotomy researchers.

Instruction is multi-disciplinary in nature. It will include aspects of Materials Science and is aimed at promoting interaction between Architectural Technology and Project Design, and between Construction and Conservation.

Course content will include both traditional and contemporary project design methods and construction techniques. The possibilities of the material will be explored and students challenged in terms of creativity and research into new architectural technologies.

This international course has the potential to broaden one's knowledge and experience, from the perspective of students, teachers, and specialists alike.

Course Suitability
The course is aimed at professionals and students of architecture, engineering, archeology, history of art, conservation-restoration, as well as any other discipline related to the subject matter.

For more information follow the link

Thursday, 10 November 2011

QUB Architecture Student Journal 2011 - launching at PLACE Thurs 17th Nov

Architecture Student Journal 2010-11 launch. Click the flyer to enlarge.

We are delighted to host the launch of this year's QUB Architecture Student Journal at PLACE next Thursday, 17th November at 6pm.

Admission free. All welcome.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Thursday, 24 March 2011

My PLACE: QUB 3rd Year Architecture

In this series, we ask practitioners, experts and enthusiasts for their take on the built environment - where are we now, how did we get here, and where are going?

We spoke to Alex Shields, Ciara McCallion, Michael McKeown, Catherina Caffrey and Justin Hughes, 3rd Year Architecture Students at Queen's.

The students' work will be on display at the Ulster Hall, launching Mon 28th March at 7pm

What has your group learned about designing for urban communities?

"For the past six months third year architecture students have been working closely within Sandy Row, Belfast in order to fully understand what an urban community is built up of and the need to improve, develop and sustain it. Our experiences have also taken us to Berlin in early October where we studied this urban environment and contrasted it with Belfast.

Designing for urban communities must begin with an understanding of the people who live within them. The understanding and the experience within a city.

This is shown by how the residents live their everyday life by the routes and pathways regularly taken by the community. Part of our analysis was alternative mapping, which consisted of following in other peoples tracks. This allowed us to experience the city in the footsteps of those who inhabit it forcing a different pattern to our paths and discover a new perception of an urban environment. This is a less prejudiced approach, which was firstly carried out in Berlin and later applied to Sandy Row in Belfast.

After in depth research into the community we discovered a wide diversity of the people who live there and the needs of the community both economically and socially. Some research included demographics, historic mapping, and the perception of people in the wider city of a specific community.