Stage 2 Careers Day

This event was part of the Stage 2 summer activity that took place after final assessments and was intended as a taster to a larger all-day careers event that will take place when this cohort are in their final year.

It took place in Marlowe Lecture Theatre, where Kathryn Segal from Careers and Employability Service introduced her department – its location, functions, and related employability initiatives and activity around campus. Kathryn then moved into one or two more specific areas which had been requested, such as the need for students to be wary about keeping a sensible online profile ie “keeping it clean” on Facebook or with Tweeting, as prospective employers will check this sort of thing.

After that, five alumni 2012 graduates presented – Paul Gorzelak, Srimathi Aiyer, Shaarif Shameem, Philippa Morris, and Robyn Thurston – four as Part 1 Architectural Assistants and Shaarif Shameem who has opted for a different career path and had joined the MA in Architectural Visualisation here at Kent School of Architecture.

The four Architectural Assistants discussed their experiences over the last few months – the difficulties/methods in finding employment, good practice in the hunt for employment, and their experiences of employment displaying projects they had been involved in. They also showed before and after examples of CVs to show the students what employers might be looking for or impressed by. Shaarif gave a great insight into an alternative career path after studying to Stage 3 and then opting to focus on computer modelling by moving to study an MA in Architectural Visualisation.

The careers event overall was very informative and interesting for Stage 2 and by having recent graduates in attendance to give presentations about finding work after Stage 3, it meant that students are more prepared for what lies ahead in terms of finding placements and also other career paths they may wish to pursue.

Student Profile: Katarzyna Oskroba BA (Hons) Stage 3

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Coming from abroad to study at Kent has been a great adventure, and not for one day of being here have I regretted taking it up. The good reputation of the Kent School of Architecture and a  promise of a safe and pleasant living environment contributed to my decision to choose it over other universities.  Even though I took a risk by doing so, without visiting the campus beforehand, I was not disappointed. 

Currently I’m about to enter my third year of the Architecture BA (Hons) programme. I know that even moreso than the second year that it is going to be a challenge – straining both my intellect and my time management skills –  but I’m excited to learn even more about design, history and software. Part of the reason for my enthusiasm is KSA’s range of enthusiastic lecturers and tutors. They are not only experts in their own field, but also approachable and helpful individuals (often with colourful personalities). I appreciate the fact that during our projects we are given the opportunity to arrange meetings with our tutors and seek additional advice. Yet we are also encouraged to be creative and think outside of the box in order to realise our ideas.

My favourite module so far was Landscape, in which we were to design a wellness centre with theraupetic gardens. I enjoyed it the most because it opened my eyes to the ways greenery  can define open space, and how it can influence the image of buildings.

The group of architecture students at Kent is a very mixed crowd and, as cliched as it sounds, I very much enjoyed meeting people of various cultures and nationalities. Talking to students from completely different backgrounds about architecture, or even everyday matters, can be stimulating. The course is so demanding that a lot of us spends most of our days at the studio, working side by side; but that can only end up in either fierce rivalry or close friendship, right?

I like the fact that all of the facilities at KSA – computer and drawing studios, printers, workshop, and so on – are contained within one building. Last year we gained a new facility – the ‘Crit Room’, our department’s pride and joy, with its large touch screens which we now use for presentations. They are a step forward in the digitalisation of the coursework, but what I’m more looking forward to is next year’s rearrangement of Studio 3 which should bring more workspace for students.

Even though one of the consequences of taking my course is very limited spare time, I do my best to keep an illustrated journal of my everyday experiences and therefore always trying to improve my hand-drawing and painting techniques. I’m also a part of Kent’s Article 25 group, organising events to fundraise for this development and disaster relief charity. If I manage to squeeze in a good book and a long walk somewhere in between all these activities, I’m the happiest architecture student under the sun. After this course, I hope to follow a career in architecture, which includes an MA, but I will also be on the lookout for illustration-related opportunities.

To anyone considering studying architecture, be aware of the fact that it requires extremely hard work and dedication, but will equip you with a very wide range of skills and, above all, offers a new perception of the world around you.

Congratulations Class of 2013!!

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On Friday 19th July our Class of 2013 graduated at Canterbury Cathedral in the sunshine. Many friends and family were in attendance along with KSA academics and staff to celebrate with our students their recent success. We had 118 students graduating with BA (Hons) and 17 Stage 5 students who achieved their Master of Architecture; this year we have had an exceptionally talented cohort with a good number receiving FIRST class honours and Distinctions!

After the ceremony we invited our new graduates and their guests back to the Marlowe Building for a few celebratory drinks. A great atmosphere was evident with students reliving their time at the University and looking forward to new adventures in years to come.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our Class of 2013 good luck for the future. Please keep in touch and we hope to see you all again at some point soon!

All the best,

Kent School of Architecture

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Riverine 2014 – Call for Papers

The conference will explore the relationship between architecture and rivers at a number of scales, from the geographical, topographical, through the urban, infrastructural, down to that of the individual building or space. It seeks to examine the interface between terrain and water through the techniques and cultures of landscape, urban, architectural and material history and design, and through cross-cultural studies in art, literature, and social and cultural history.

The conference is deliberately wide-ranging, and seeks contributions from scholars and practitioners with specific interests in the architecture of the river, in its widest sense. We welcome contributions dealing with rivers and architecture from contemporary designers.
The conference organisers are
Dr. Gerald Adler G.Adler@kent.ac.uk
Dr. Manolo Guerci M.Guerci@kent.ac.uk

It is our intention to explore riverine architecture through four distinct strands, and we ask that you submit your abstract in one of the following categories:
1 individual buildings and their relationship with water
2 urban ensembles
3 historical and theoretical viewpoints
4 wider topographical approaches ranging from cities to landscapes.
Abstracts
You should submit an abstract not exceeding 500 words in length outlining the theme of your paper.
The paper should be anonymous, i.e. it should not indicate your name
or provenance.
It should be submitted as a pdf file, and saved as follows: surname-title-riverine.pdf (e.g. adler-venice-riverine.pdf)
It should be emailed to
riverine@kent.ac.uk

Submission by 12.00 Fri 25th October, ‘13
Confirmation of Acceptance Fri 15h November, ‘13

Publication
It is the intention of CREAte to publish a scholarly book based on selected contributions to the conference

The conference is hosted by CREAte
The Centre for Research in European Architecture
KSA_ Kent School of Architecture
University of Kent, Canterbury Kent CT2 7NR, UK

KSA is now on Google Street View

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A tour can now be taken of the Kent School of Architecture online by accessing the Google Street View site. The images were taken during June 2013, which is the same time that we had our End of Year Show 2013 running so all the work of our 2013 graduates can be seen.

The Kent School of Architecture is based in the Marlowe Building on the Canterbury Campus and it is very exciting that anybody wishing to take a look inside the School now can now do so online. The tour provides a glimpse into our facilities and allows individuals to admire the work of our students.

If you would like to take a tour then please follow this link: Marlowe Building Canterbury.