Artscapes 2013 at the University of Kent

PhD student Carolina Vasilikou from the CASE research centre has co-organised the event this year which is being held in the Digital Crit Space at the School of Architecture. The event is happening over 2 days, the 27th and 28th June with many invited speakers attending from across the UK.

The invited speakers to this year’s event include;

Maurizio Cinquegrani (Lecturer in Films Studies, School of Arts, University of Kent)

Carl Lavery (Professor of Drama, Theatre and Performance, Aberystwyth University)

Jonathan Vickery (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick)

The Danna Project founded in 2010 by Anna Baranowska and Daniel Tollady will also be attending Artscape. Both Anna and Daniel are graduates of Interior Architecture and Design from the University of Creative Arts in Canterbury. During the conference they will be undertaking Spatial Exposure, a live drawing experience of the Marlowe building which will continue throughout the duration of the conference.

For more information and a full timetable please visit Artscape.

Passivhaus: workshop launches new research

The principal investigator of the project, Dr. Henrik Schoenfeldt, together with Doug Smith from tp Bennett, held a workshop in Maidstone to kick-start a new research project entitled: ‘Interrogating the technical, economic and cultural challenges of delivering the passivhaus standard in the UK’. Guest speakers are James Anwyl from Eurobuilt, the architect Richard Hawkes. Three third year undergraduate, 10 post-graduate students from the Kent school of architecture and Tanisha Raffiuddin from the Passivhaus Trust also attended.

The aim of the research project is to conduct an in-depth investigation into the technical, economic and cultural challenges associated with implementing the German PH standard in England through 13 detailed case studies of PH certified buildings completed since 2009. The project will involve a collaboration between academic researchers, industry and post-graduate students. Richard Hawkes (Hawkes architects) Doug Smith (tp Bennett) and James Anwyl (Eurobuilt) have agreed to provide financial and/or in-kind support for the project. Jon Bootland from the Passivhaus Trust has also shown an interest in establishing a research collaboration.

The workshop agenda was:



08.15                            Coach leaves Keynes College bus stop, Canterbury UofK Campus

09.00                            Arrive at Rock House, Boughton Monchelsea

09.00 -09.30                  Continental Breakfast

09.30                            Introduction to workshop by Doug Smith, tp Bennett and Henrik Schoenefeldt, University of Kent

09.45                            Project Brief/Q&A: The scope and themes of the passivhaus case studies

10.15                            ‘The Passivhaus Standards and Design Principles’, by Henrik Schoenefeldt

10.45                            Tea/Coffee

11.00                            ‘Crossways, Staplehurst’ by Richard Hawkes

11.30                            ‘The Contractors View’ by James Anwyl, Director of Eurobuild

12.00                            Panel discussion with Richard and James

12.30                            Site Visit

1.00                              Lunch

2.00                              Brainstorming workshop – How can we apply passivhaus principles to Rock Court site?

3.30                              Tea/Coffee

3.45                              Presentation of workshop findings and critique with Doug Smith and Henrik Schoenefeldt

4.45                              Final Q&A session

5.15                              Leave for Canterbury UofK Campus

Kent School of Architecture up to 6th!

The Kent School of Architecture further cemented its position in the sector as one of the best schools in the UK rising four places to 6th in the Guardian University Guide league table. Since its creation in 2005, KSA has steadily risen up the league tables across the spectrum. Much of the credit for the rise is given the enhanced student experience KSA provides, which is reflected in our student survey results.

Head of school, Professor Don Gray was delighted at the announcement, saying, “This is a terrific result for the School. Kent School of Architecture attracts some of the best students, so I am delighted – but not surprised – that the league tables reflect this.  The result demonstrates what is possible when students and staff work together to make the student experience the best it can be.”