Showing posts with label UU. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UU. Show all posts

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Belfast School of Architecture presents 'Harbinder Birdi: Integrating Infrastructure'

This Thursday, 14 April, Harbinder Birdi, Head of Infrastructure at Hawkins\Brown architects will be discussing the practice’s approach to integrating major infrastructure projects into our cities. Examples will include three of the central section Crossrail stations, a new station bridge in Croydon and the proposals for Heathrow City, which explores the transformation of Heathrow's existing infrastructure from an international aviation hub to being redeveloped to house the communities in outer London.

Thursday 14 April 2016 | 6:00PM
Conor Lecture Theatre
Ulster University, Belfast Campus

Harbinder Birdi is a senior Partner at Hawkins\Brown, an award-winning architectural practice that has a reputation as one of the leading design practices in the UK. He is the Principle Architect delivering the designs of Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Liverpool Street station, three of the central section Crossrail stations and has collaborated extensively with both engineering and contractor led multidisciplinary teams, delivering projects utilising 3D modelling software to aid both the design and construction of these projects. Harbinder is an external critic at Schools of Architecture and lectures in both professional practice and multi-disciplinary design. He is also a previous winner of ’40 under 40’, a prestigious design award recognizing the best young architects under 40.

Symposium: Belfast School of Architecture Presents 'Smart Working: Re-design of the public sector workplace environment'

For some time now, it has been well understood that the often complex variables impacting upon the design of the workplace (buildings, work patterns, technology, workforce & inter-generational expectations, etc.) can and should be managed if the public sector is to occupy 21st C. office space that is fit for purpose. Understanding this takes us beyond simplistic real estate metrics and into a procurement process that is much more holistic, analytical and responsive.

In partnership with the Strategic Investment Board, Belfast School of Architecture is offering this free, one-day symposium, hosted at Ulster University. It will look at key design, procurement and implementation issues underpinning ‘smart working’ in the UK government sector and some of the challenges they present in the design of our buildings and cities.

Friday 15 April 2016 | 9:15AM - 4PM
Ulster University, 25-51 York St, Belfast, BT15 1ED
Free but limited capacity, click here to book

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Modernism v Conservation: Planning 20th Century Belfast - Andrew Molloy, UU PhD Candidate

During PRONI's 'Belfast: Past, Present, Future' public talks, University of Ulster PhD Candidate Andrew Molloy presented a talk entitled 'Modernism v Conservation: Planning 20th Century Belfast'. You can now view the talk at PRONI's online YouTube channel.

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.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

The sun going down on the Orpheus Building

Image copyright Ben Groves, 2012

We received this photo from Ben Groves, a student at University of Ulster. Ben writes:
The photo was from one of those unexpected moments. I was working late one evening in my studio on E floor of the Orpheus building on York Street. When I walked into the foyer, the sun was setting and it made me think how close I was to finishing my time at University. It seemed to be a poignant image as I was aware that the building's future was in doubt due to the planned redevelopment.
Have you photographed a favourite place, or captured a special architectural moment? Send your images to [email protected] to be featured here on the Blog.

And if you're really into photography and architecture - consider joining our Flickr Group: Northern Ireland's Best Places and Buildings, featuring the work of 101 members, and currently standing at over 1,700 photos.

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.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Call for expressions of interest: Architects-in-Practice working with Architects-in-Education

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PLACE is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Ulster and The Higher Education Academy, aimed at encouraging crossovers between architects in practice and those working in universities. A call for expressions of interest is ongoing - closing date 7th Nov 2011. Click the flyer above for more details.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

The Secret Lab launches at UCD Fri 18th Feb

One of our most popular exhibitions at PLACE to date, Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory travels to Dublin this week for a run at UCD School of Architecture, Richview until 26th March. Paul Clarke, the exhibition's curator will speak on 18th Feb at 1.30pm.

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory
18th February - 26th March 2011
UCD School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering
University College Dublin, Richview, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14

- Opening times: Mon to Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-­1pm
- Opening event will be on the 18th Feb at 5.30pm
- Talk by the curator will take place at lunchtime on 18th Feb at 1.30pm

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Monday, 26 April 2010

Future of Housing Symposium

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University of Ulster will host a half day Symposium on Friday 21st May, examining the future challenges and opportunities facing the housing association sector locally.

Held at the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus, this event will provide an open forum discussion among all the key stakeholders involved in social housing development and management. It will cover the following themes:

· Assessment of the impact of reduced public expenditure on the Social Housing Development and Supporting People programmes

· The challenges and opportunities of enhanced partnership working for housing development and management; including procurement and mergers

· The need for an effective approach to governance and regulation, based on a framework that is effective; proportionate; outcome focused; risked based and manageable for all parties

· Consideration of new delivery mechanisms for affordable housing (e.g. developer contribution; private sector leasing; opening up competition for Housing Association Grant) and the culture change that this requires

· Exploring the potential of housing associations providing mixed tenure through ‘build for sale’ initiatives, and regeneration aimed at tacking spatial deprivation

· Discussion on the need for reform of the allocations framework and Shared Future housing

Confirmed speakers include:

Heather Cousins - DSD

Simon Hamilton - Chair of the Social Development Committee

Richard Clark - ConsultCIH

Ian Elliott - Oaklee Housing

Paddy McIntyre - NIHE

Thursday, 22 April 2010

SCALE Lecture series continues Thurs 29th April

The Landscape Institute's SCALE lecture series continues next week:

The Landscape Institute Northern Ireland branch (LINI) and the University of Ulster School of Architecture and Design present the 2010 landscape architecture lecture series, SCALE, to stimulate debate regarding the achievability of durable valued environments. (Scale: surface and weight, music and temperature, climb and proportion). Throughout noticeable current changes to our public environment (place, community, energy, transit, waste) and the evolution of governance - how do we create the heritage areas of tomorrow?

“SCALE: Designing Time in Place” Lindsey Whitelaw and Ian Turkington, Whitelaw Turkington landscape architects and urban designers, London.

- Thursday 29 April 2010, University of Ulster Belfast, Conor lecture theatre.
- 7pm lecture (refreshments from 6pm).
- Open to the public, free admission.
- The evening lecture will be accompanied by a masterclass open to University students.

Whitelaw Turkington are award winning landscape architects and urban designers. They have a design philosophy that focuses on the creation of memorable places with a distinct identity, clear spatial form and sensitive integration within the local context. They believe that the planning and design of the planning of the public realm plays a critical role in the successful development of our towns and rural areas and strive to create enjoyable, high quality spaces. Their solutions are practical, robust and recognise the changing demands on the external environment. As a practice Whitelaw Turkington creates landscapes which are the synthesis of art, environment and engineering. Approaches and comprehensive work output range from edgeless public realm (Ashford, Kent), temporary urban green (Yorkshire), to civic place diversity (London 100 new spaces), gaining design awards for community value and sustainability. Directors Lindsey Whitelaw and Ian Turkington are particularly interested in the role of nature and form of space in enabling public life, and seek to attain holistic strategic planning and urban development.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Friday, 12 February 2010

"What's wrong with this place?"

Image (c) 2010 - S.Golden, L.McComish. Urban Research Belfast.

What’s Wrong with This Place?
Questioning and Exploring: Urban Research Belfast

Ongoing student activities and experiments, 15-18th Feb
Student Film and Photography exhibit, Adhoc Galleries, 15- 18th Feb
Launch of Empty Space exhibits, Haymarket Arcade 18th Feb

Main Project Contributors:
Saul Golden, Lecturer, University of Ulster, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture & Design, Belfast
Liam McComish, Lecturer, University of Ulster, Department of Visual Communications, School of Art & Design, Belfast
University of Ulster Architecture and Vis-Com students

In association with:
University of Ulster
PLACE: The Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland

“What’s Wrong with This Place?” aims to challenge preconceptions about Belfast’s neglected urban centre through visual and physical explorations by students in architecture and visual communication at the University of Ulster, Belfast. Since September 2009, students from both disciplines have used a variety of tools inside and outside of their classroom environment (films, photographs, map studies, models and field experiments) to study the area between Smithfield Market, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, Millfield and Carrick Hill. This district has existed within the cultural shadow of city centre life for over 30 years, experiencing ongoing economic and physical loss.

The students have been asked to explore without prejudice, to ask questions, measure and observe in addition to undertaking small-scale experiments. The results are often surprisingly poignant and beautiful observations about the notion of place that move beyond the immediate surface to explore the people, spaces, history and culture of an area that once formed the heart of Belfast.

In this way the collaborative teaching and learning project, in association with PLACE, seeks ways to better engage students to participate with their wider community and the built environment; to test out the skills and tools used to educate architects and designers on understanding urban issues beyond the classroom.

Students will display an interpretive documentary film and photographs at Adhoc Galleries (off Kent Street) while continuing their experiments in other ‘empty city spaces’ from Smithfield to Donegall Street from 15th - 18th February 2010.

On Thursday evening, 18th February 2010 6-9pm, the project will culminate in the public opening of a new exhibition, installed in currently vacant shop units within Haymarket Arcade (between Royal Avenue and Gresham Street). The duration of the exhibit, curated by Saul Golden and Liam McComish, depends on the rates of vacancy and will change. The displays will remain available for public viewing during Arcade open hours.

As part of wider research the experiments and exhibition hope to draw attention to Belfast’s vital urban spaces, inviting questions and feedback on ways to re-think, re-assess and revive the art of urban conversation for a new generation.


Saul Golden is an architect and lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design BA (Hons) Architecture and MArch programmes. He has a number of published articles in professional journals focused on architecture and the value of public space in urban design.

Liam McComish is a lecturer and Course Director for the BDes Design for Visual Communication programme. He is experienced in design, education and research and has a number of publications in the area of typography, design perception and design methods.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory

What ideas do we carry with us in our pocket? How do we use the ‘device’ of the personal sketchbook/notebook? How has its use changed with time and the digital age?

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory - a new exhibition launching 4th Feb at PLACE.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Morag Myerscough Talk at UU

Flyer above. Click to enlarge.

As part of the celebrations of the 160th anniversary of the School of Art & Design, Morag Myerscough will be giving an illustrated talk on Wed 18 November at 6pm in the Conor Lecture Theatre.

Morag Myerscough is a multi-award winning designer. Her work includes graphic design, signage and wayfinding, furniture, exhibition design and digital design.

Studio Myerscough website:

Thursday, 29 October 2009

UU Architek10 society launches eStudio

Above: Image of Barcelona apartment taken by Roy Fitzpatrick, via

Architek10, a new student architecture society at the University of Ulster, has launched its online eStudio. The founders explain their vision for the society and the online resource below.

Architek10 was established early last year as a platform for a meaningful and altruistic architectural discourse between students, professionals and other interested parties with a desire to learn and develop. While based at the University of Ulster, the society is keen to extend its reach beyond the bounds of academic life and actively engage with the tangible context of Belfast and Northern Ireland as a whole.

Architek10 launched last summer with an inaugural lecture from Hackett-Hall-McKnight, focused around their competition winning design for the upcoming Old Museum Arts Centre (OMAC). As Architek10 becomes more established it is the intention to extend this lecture series, and is currently attempting to source a host of speakers from varying disciplines in order to inform and provoke debate.

Architek10 has recently launched their eStudio, an online base where members, participants and invited guests will publish a broad scope of material ranging from articles to photography and videos. Each piece is accompanied by a feedback column whereby visitors to the site can respond directly to the work presented, enabling dynamic debate and development available to anyone who visits the site. Once the article is read, the issues and concerns it raises along with a range of differing opinions are readily accessible beneath.

Architek10’s first newsletter is available on the eStudio. Its 10 articles cover a diversity of topics. They range from a student perspective of the FAB summer school to the parallels between architecture and music, a commentary on the inaugural lecture to a nightmarish vision of Spanish DIY and an interview with Ciaran Mackel regarding the recession.

Architek10’s eStudio can be found at We welcome all Ideas and encourage participation from anyone with an interest in Art, Architecture and the ties that bind them. If you would like to become involved in our lecture series please contact Andrew Molloy ([email protected]) or Fiona Shannon ([email protected]).

Andrew Molloy Fiona Shannon Roy Fitzpatrick

Architek10's eStudio

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

CU2 at QUB

As well as the work exhibited by UU in its your space or mine? project (on display at PLACE until Sat Feb 14th), more research on contested space is currently being conducted in QUB's Contested Cities, Urban Universities (CU2) project.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Launch night: "your space or mine?"

A big thank you to everyone who braved the blistering cold for Thursday night's launch of your space or mine? here at PLACE.

Photos by Amberlea Trainor.

your space or mine? runs at PLACE until Saturday 14th February 2009. All welcome.