Showing posts with label University of Ulster. Show all posts
Showing posts with label University of Ulster. Show all posts

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Planning, Regeneration and Development Seminar Series

Commencing Thursday 11 February 2016, 17.00 - 18.00
Ulster University, York Street, Belfast
Refreshments available in the foyer from 16.30

The Planning Team at Ulster University (UPLAN*) are running a new seminar series exploring issues in planning, regeneration and development.

Hosted by the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) at Ulster University, the purpose of this seminar series is to bring together practitioners, researchers and students to promote good practice, exchange ideas and stimulate debate on planning, regeneration and development.

Seminars will be led by practitioners and researchers from Northern Ireland and beyond. The series aims to attract an inclusive audience and is open to anyone interested in engaging with contemporary planning issues. 

The series kicks off with a seminar entitled Creating value in planning and development - reflections on the balancing act, and will be delivered by BERI visiting Professor Diana Fitzsimons. 

The seminar is free to attend. To assist with catering, please RSVP by email to [email protected] 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Miguel Martin: Out of Site

The University Art Gallery at the Belfast School of Art presents 'Out of Site', an exhibition of intricate line drawings, recording various interior spaces within the iconic Orpheus Building, before its final stages of reconstruction. Commissioned by The University’s Arts and Culture Department, Martin has spent the last academic year visiting the University to produce these observational drawings on site. Martin encapsulates the various visual art disciplines embraced by the University through a series of 12 new drawings, creating a portrait of the building itself.  

This form of artistic practice confronts the fragility of physical space by archiving the last moments of this historic building. Its legacy remains preserved and celebrated for a new generation of students and staff who will breath new life into its transformed structure upon completion.  

Miguel Martin comments: “It was an absolute pleasure to be invited back to the University to work on this project. Having made a similar series of drawings for my Degree show back in 2008, depicting each workspace occupied by the students of my year, it gave a poetic cyclical significance to this area of my practice. I experienced some of the best years of my life in this building, and was humbled by the idea of paying tribute to its memory in such a personal way.”

Miguel Martin (b. 1985 Belfast, UK) studied BA Fine and Applied Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast (2005-2008) where he was presented the Northern Bank Toradht award for drawing in his final year. His most recent solo show All good in the Manhood was exhibited at the Abrons Arts Center, New York (2011). Selected group shows include The FarAway Nearby, FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge (2014); Presently, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2014); Jerwood drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2013); You are now entering _________ , Derry/Londonderry, CCA Derry/Londonderry (2012); London Art Fair, London (2012); He lives in Belfast and works from his studio at Platform Arts, Queen Street.

Out of Site runs from 16 April - 16 May, with an opening reception on April 16, 6-9pm. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Talk by Alan Dickson at Ulster University - Thursday 4 December, 5.30pm

Free talk by Alan Dickson at Ulster University, York Street, Belfast on Thursday 4th December 2014, 5.30pm.

Alan Dickson is the Practice Director of Rural Design Architects. He established the practice along with Gill Smith on the Isle of Skye in 2004. The practice has focused on the development of a progressive language for housing in the Scottish countryside and is now involved in projects and policy throughout Scotland.

Turf House, Kendram, Isle of Skye won the practice a Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Award for Architecture in 2013 (and was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs) and the work of the practice has been published widely in Europe.

Fiskavaig house, Isle of Skye 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Issues Now 2014 Built Environment Debates / Wednesdays at 10.30am

Emily Smyth, University of Ulster

The "Issues Now" series of coffee-time debates relating to design of the built environment has returned following the success of the 2013 series.

‘Issues Now coffee-­‐time debates’ will take place in the public forum of the Black Box café on Hill Street, and are open to practising members of the professional disciplines in the design of the built environment, and other individuals and parties involved in the design of the built environment.

The debates take place between representatives of organisations with remit relating to the design of the built environment, who are invited to discuss the issues that cause them significant concern relating to the design of the built environment.


Wednesdays from 10.30am - 12pm in the Black Box, Hill Streeet, Belfast

Wed 24 September
  • Emily Smyth, Series Coordinator
  • Forum for Alternative Belfast - Mark Hackett, Director

Wed 1 October
  • Royal Society of Ulster Architects - Martin Hare, President
  • Landscape Institute - Pete Mullin, Policy Consultant
  • Belfast Healthy Cities - Laura Macdonald, Health Development Officer

Wed 8 October
  • Institution of Civil Engineers - Richard Kirk, Regional Director 
  • Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management - Paul Lynas, Irish Section Committee
  • Ulster Wildlife Trust - Conor McKinney, Living Landscapes Manager

15 October - 5 November: No sessions

Wed 12 November
  • PLACE - Michael Corr, Creative Director
  • Friends of the Earth - James Orr, Northern Ireland Director 
  • Architect and philosopher - Bill Thompson

Wed 19 November
  • Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment in Northern Ireland - Arthur Acheson, Chair
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - Neil Johnston, Public Policy Officer
  • Sustainable NI - Jim Kitchen, Director

Wed 26 November
  • Institution of Civil Engineers - Richard Kirk, Regional Director 
  • Royal Town Planning Institute - David Mounstephen, Chairman 
  • Climate NI - Jane McCullough, Project Officer

Wed 3 December
  • Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment in Northern Ireland - Alwyn Riddell, Member
  • Construction Industry Group of Northern Ireland - Gordon Best, Executive Officer
  • Northern Ireland Environment Link - Stephen McCabe, Senior Policy Officer

Wed 10 December
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - Patrice Cairns, Policy Manager
  • Royal Town Planning Institute - Claire Williamson, Policy Officer 
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland - Kenny McHugh, Crime Prevention Design Advisor

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Job Opportunity: Planning Lecturer at University of Ulster

The University of Ulster is seeking to recruit a Planning Lecturer who is able to contribute to teaching, research and course administration. 

The postholder will teach across both undergraduate and postgraduate provision within the planning discipline and will contribute to research in land use planning, spatial planning and community planning.

The post will be based within the University's School of the Built Environment - a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across a broad range of academic disciplines which includes transportation, construction, planning, property, surveying, and civil engineering. 

Applicants must have experience of teaching planning and development. Closing date: 31 July 2014. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ulster Festival of Art and Design begins 10 March

Don't forget the Ulster Festival of Art and Design, hosted by University of Ulster, kicks off next week.

Some of our highlights:
10 March, 10:00 - Drawing Dialogues
10 March, 19:00 - Jeremy Hunt - A Journalist's Passion for Art and Architecture
11 March, 13:15 - Peter Maybury
12 March, 13:15 - Stephanie McDonald, 6a Architects

See the full programme at

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Public Lecture with Prof. Stephen Hodder MBE (RIBA President) | Mon 25 Nov, 6.30pm

Professor Ian Montgomery, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment, invites you to a public lecture by Professor Stephen Hodder MBE, RIBA President.

Professor Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. He has been in practice since 1983 and in 1992 formed Hodder Associates which won the Royal Fine Art Commission / Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool later that year. Shortly afterwards he won a limited competition to extend the Arne Jacobsen's Grade 1 Listed St Catherine's College in Oxford and established a client relationship which has now extended for some 20 years.

In 1996 Hodder Associates received the most important award in British Architecture for a single building, the inaugural Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford. The Practice has now won over thirty major awards.

Professor Hodder was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 1998. He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his regional, national and international contribution to architecture and won the Roses Design Award of 'Architect of the Year' in the same year. He is currently President of the Royal Institute of British Architects and in 2012 was appointed as Visiting Professor at the Belfast School of Architecture, University of Ulster.

The lecture will take place on Monday 25 November at 6.30pm in the Conor Lecture Theatre, Belfast campus. A pre-lecture reception will be held in the Belfast campus foyer at 6.00pm.

To reserve a place please email [email protected] or by telephone to Annette on 028 9536 7252 by 21 November.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

University of Ulster student Alex O'Hara receives the 2013 RTPI Joanne Mathers Award

Research into the importance of integrating public health issues with urban planning has secured a top award (the 2013 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI NI) Joanne Mathers Award) for a student from the University of Ulster’s School of the Built Environment.

Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment,
Alex O’Hara, recipient of the Joanne Mathers Award and
Carol Ramsey, Chairperson Royal Town Planning Institute (NI)

Alex O’Hara from Ballyclare, graduated earlier this year and undertook his research with Belfast Healthy Cities, a citywide partnership working to improve the population’s health equity and wellbeing.

He reviewed a wide range of existing national and international publications to identify why planning matters to health. His research supported the view that a quality built environment can greatly affect the standard of health and wellbeing of those who interact with it.

Alex’s research also showed that further work needs to be undertaken to improve the level of mutual understanding and integration between planning and health professionals.

Gavan Rafferty, Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development, said Belfast Healthy Cities was delighted with the quality of Alex’s work.

He added: “His research provided added value to the organisation’s commitment to developing knowledge of building healthier cities. It also has the potential to inform wider practice in Northern Ireland, demonstrating the benefits of students undertaking ‘real life’ research projects.”

Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment at Ulster congratulated Alex on his “well-deserved” success.

He said: “These are exciting and promising times for planning in Northern Ireland, with a reformed land use planning system in hand, the Review of Public Administration and the introduction of community planning to take place shortly - and this prestigious award reflects these ambitions.

“It is richly deserved by Alex and I wish him every success in his career. The School of the Built Environment is very proud of him.”

Caption (l-r): Professor Greg Lloyd, Head of the School of the Built Environment, Alex O’Hara, student recipient of the Joanne Mathers Award and Carol Ramsey, Chairperson Royal Town Planning Institute (NI)

Monday, 7 October 2013

Belfast School of Architecture & Art Open Night | Tues 22 Oct, 6 - 9pm

The Belfast School of Architecture and Belfast School of Art Open Night will be held on Tuesday 22 October, 6pm - 9pm at the University of Ulster's York Street Campus. Details below:

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

'Issues Now' coffee-time debates | Autumn 2013

'Issues Now' was a series of coffee-time debates hosted at the Black Box, Belfast on Wednesday mornings from September - December 2013. 'Issues Now' highlighted the critical issues in relation to design in the built environment and encouraged debate around these themes.

A Belfast School of Architecture (UU) event.

Emily Smyth (University of Ulster) who organised 'Issues Now' explains that:
"The issues that drive debate and development in the design of the built environment are many and varied. Issues might take place on a world stage and have individual global impact, or they may emerge locally and successionally over time or space, having impact cumulatively. The measure of their ‘criticality’ might be life threatening, environmentally destructive, socially adaptive, lifestyle impacting, economic, poetic, moral, ethical, political, professional, personal."
"A critical awareness of these matters is essential across the design and built environment disciplines in order to understand the contribution each can make to the context of concerns and ideas. This series of debates will introduce the most current preoccupations within the design of the built environment at the scales of the building, city, region and indeed the earth."
The 'Issues Now' series of coffee-time debates presented the multiplicity of views, issues and actions of the professions and campaign organisations working in design and the built environment in Northern Ireland.

Below is a summary of each event by Emily Smith (University of Ulster):

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

RIBA President's Medal Exhibition at the University of Ulster Belfast Campus

The touring exhibition of student work submitted for the RIBA President's Medal is on show in the foyer of the University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast Campus during July. 

The exhibition showcases undergraduate and postgraduate student work from Schools of Architecture across the UK and internationally. 

Credit: University of Ulster

Admission is free and the exhibition is open to the public from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

The exhibition has been organised by Dr Taina Rikala of the University of Ulster in collaboration with John-Paul Nunes, Head of Education Projects, RIBA.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Meeting the Challenges of Community Planning in the Age of Austerity | Friday 3 May, 10am - 4pm at UUJ

Students and staff of BSc Hons Community Development are holding a Community Planning Conference at the University of Ulster Jordanstown.

Click to Enlarge.

The keynote speaker, Mae Shaw (University of Edinburgh), will draw on lessons learnt from the Scottish model of community planning to challenge us to reflect on the issues and challenges for the community, voluntary and statutory sector in implementing community planning in Northern Ireland.

The conference will also draw on local case-studies to highlight some of the benefits of adopting a community planning model. Gavan Rafferty (School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster) will talk about local examples of Community Planning in practice.

The Conference will include three themed workshops.

Date: Friday 3 May, 11am - 4pm
Venue: Room 8K14B, Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster

For further details and to book a place please contact Dr Rosemary Moreland 02890 368333 or email [email protected]

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Library Square Activation - Thurs 21st Feb, 1 - 3pm

Thursday 21st February from 1 - 3pm there will be a temporary activation of Library Street.

The "activention" is jointly organised by Urban Research Belfast, MAG (the Ministerial Advisory Group) and PLACE with support from the Titanic Pub, Cafe Wah, and the Belfast Central Library along with volunteers from the University of Ulster Department of Architecture and Smithfield & Union businesses.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Inner North Belfast Campus Development Group Launch Event | Fri 18 Jan, 9am, Clifton House

During 2012 representatives from community organisations in the Inner North Belfast area have held a series of discussions to develop an engagement process in relation to the new University of Ulster development. 

As a result of these discussions they have agreed a short charter that they believe will maximise benefits for the community and for the University.

The Campus Development Group (CDG) will be formally launched at Clifton House, Belfast on Friday 18th January at 9am. Forum for Alternative Belfast and Community Places will provide technical advice and support. 

The following is the charter developed by the Campus Development Group...

Friday, 9 November 2012

University of Ulster launch new Masters courses in Marine Spatial Planning & Coastal and Marine Tourism

The University of Ulster has launched two new distance learning Masters courses on Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal and Marine Tourism.

MSc Marine Spatial Planning. Click to Enlarge.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Reface the Base: Students Devise Grand Design for 40,000sq ft Retail Space at Victoria Square Belfast

A group of Northern Irish architecture students have created a unique design proposal, which is being considered for a prime 40,000 square feet retail unit in Northern Ireland’s largest shopping centre.

The massive basement unit, located below the Ann Street entrance to Victoria Square, Belfast, is currently unoccupied and owners, Commerz Real created a unique ‘Reface the Base’ competition, inviting local students to submit plans as to how the space could be used.

Reface the Base: University of Ulster architecture students, Carrie Gillespie, William Brewster and
Sarah Mitchell are presented with their prize for winning Victoria Square’s ‘Reface the Base’ design
competition by Aline Djaider, UK real estate manager, Commerz Real AG (second from right). The
student’s innovative design, depicted in the artists impressions pictured proposed the introduction of
smaller retail units aimed at independent retailers; a novel amphitheatre for concerts and live performances;
a catwalk for fashion events; a children’s play area, crèche and bowling alley in a vacant 40,000 sq ft unit
in the basement of Victoria Square. Owners Commerz Real are now conducting a feasibility study to
determine whether the proposal is commercially viable.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

University of Ulster students in Derry~Londonderry

PLACE hosted a research review today for Year 5 University of Ulster Architecture students. The students, led by lecturers Saul Golden and Emily Smyth, presented mapping investigations about the city to architects Mary Kerrigan and Michael Hegarty, and University of Ulster urban design PhD student Deirdre Greaney.

The entrance to Artillery Chambers on Artillery Street in Derry, which PLACE is temporarily programming with support from Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors.

The students from University of Ulster have been investigating various sites around Derry City in preparation for their Year 5 design project.

The students produced a complex map and model of the city as part of their initial research, on display at today's review.

Our thanks are due to Caldwell & Robinson for their kind support and use of their premises, and to the Playhouse Theatre for use of their equipment.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Press response: Community Telegraph, 1st September

The article by Michael Wolsey in last Thursday's Community Telegraph. Click to enlarge.
"Time to get rid of ugly scar in city centre"
Community Telegraph, 1st September 2011
Response from PLACE

Michael Wolsey, writing in last week's Community Telegraph, addressed the state of the northern part of Belfast City Centre, around Royal Avenue, North Street and Garfield Street. PLACE welcomes the article and the fact that it will bring important urban issues to the attention of a wide audience.

"While the article is well-intentioned", said PLACE Director Michael Hegarty, "it ignores a number of current initiatives."

- The Forum for Alternative Belfast have highlighted the state of Garfield Street and suggested solutions in a number of their publications.

- The Let's Get it Right campaign led by the UAHS and CAF is particularly focused on this part of town.

- PLACE hosted two events focusing on public space and the design in the Cathedral Quarter during Belfast Exposed's Exchange Mechanism series in 2010. The real opportunity in this area was highlighted by Michael McGarry, Professor of Architecture at Queen's during these events: "Royal Avenue to York Street - in any other city it would be the grand boulevard," he said.

- Meanwhile, work to explore new opportunities in this area is ongoing by groups and organisations as diverse as adhoc, lecturers including Saul Golden at University of Ulster, Cathedral Quarter Steering Group, Belfast City Centre Management, Belfast Regeneration Office, Belfast City Council and others.

While the results may not yet be evident, PLACE would argue that the kind of partnerships Mr. Wolsey advocates are in fact happening, and there are many people working hard to rehabilitate this part of Belfast.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

A New PLACE Launch Day

Our exciting new exhibition displaying the creative and innovative buildings designed by University of Ulster architecture students for a new PLACE launches at 6pm tonight!

For their coursework this semester at University of Ulster, first year architecture students were set the challenge of designing a new headquarters for a mystery client. Having analysed sites across Belfast, and researched the city's urban and cultural variety, we at PLACE were revealed as the client. The high quality work undertaken by this young group of students is showcased at PLACE from 2nd - 11th June 2011.

'A New PLACE' exhibition. Photo by Gary Potter.

The PLACE walls are full with exciting proposals for infill sites across Belfast city centre. Come along after work today and have a look at the fascinating, high quality plans and 3D models and meet the students behind the ideas.

The official launch for "A New PLACE" tonight at 6pm! Everyone welcome.

Where: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast (Beside Boots)
When: 6pm - 8pm, Thursday 2 June