Dr. Nikolaos Karydis on New Design in the Historic Centre of Canterbury

Dr Nikos Karydis will be giving a talk entitled ‘New Design in the History Centre of Canterbury’ as part of The Canterbury Trust on Wednesday 1st June at 7.30PM at the Friends Meeting House, the Friars.

How can cities such as Canterbury achieve a sympathetic balance between old and new?  The design of new buildings that adapt harmoniously to the historic context plays a key role in the preservation of the character of historic neighbourhoods.

This talk will be given by Dr Nikolaos Karydis, who is the Director of the MSc in Architectural Conservation at the University of Kent and a practising architect.  His illustrated talk will analyse some of the key elements in the ‘contextual’ approach to place-making, such as:

  • The role of new developments in the scale and structure of the city
  • The contribution of new architecture to urban frontages
  • The impact of new buildings on the urban scene
  • The role of building materials and their contribution to the character of an area

Different approaches will be assessed with reference to possible interventions in different parts of Canterbury.  Analysing these approaches helps to establish design methods that enable architects, designers and planners to enhance the historic environment.

Stage 3 KSA student to speak at TED x University of Kent

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. As part of the TED x University of Kent event taking place this Saturday 14th May in the Gulbenkian Theatre, Stage 3 student and KSA blog contributor Luisa Pereira-Pires will be speaking about her experiences at her time spent helping out with the Falafel Group in Lesvos. For more information about the event, and Luisa’s talk, please click here.


Stage 2 Form and Structure Submission

As part of their Form and Structure module, our Stage 2 students were tasked with designing a roof and its supports. The roof is to cover an area of at least 400 square meters, and within this area, there must be no internal columns or supports. The images below show some of the great final submissions from our Stage 2 students!


Stephanie Davies


Akmaral Khassen


Meera Badran

Student Success (EDI) Summer Workshops

As part of the Student Success (EDI) Project, KSA has launched a series of Summer Workshops for all Undergraduate students taking place throughout the Summer term. The workshops include Time Management, Construction, Geometry, Stone Carving, Making 1:1, Presenting your work with confidence, Storyboarding your Digital Crit, Pencraft (Student Writing Club), Lunchtime Lectures, Sensory Walks and Design Research and Thinking.

The Summer Workshops were introduced with a lecture where academic members of staff introduced their workshops to the students, following which there was a signup outside the studios which turned out to be a successful frenzy.

BA Architecture – Student Profile – Hsien Jing Lee

Formally a Taylors College student in Subang Jaya, Malaysia.

What attracted you to studying at Kent?
Choosing the right university was a challenge for me. In my home country of Malaysia, there are a limited number of universities that offer architecture courses and this made me choose to study in the UK. I liked the look of the campus lifestyle with its peaceful environment and lots of greenery and for this reason Kent seemed to be the right one for me. I knew it was right when I reached the university, everyone was very kind and helpful around the campus and it made me feel instantly at home.

Why did you choose to study architecture?
When I was 15, I found it hard to choose between science and art, since I loved both subjects. Considering that architecture is a combination of the two and at the same time a challenging course, it seemed the right path for me to take and I have not looked back since.

What skills have you already learnt whilst studying architecture?
I’ve learnt a lot over my past two years of study, from hand drawing, model making and technical drawing to BIM work. I have enjoyed spending time discovering how things work to give me the best result in my project. My presentation skills have improved over the past two years, providing me with the skills needed for stepping into the working environment.

What are you enjoying most about university?
Coming to university was very exciting for me. Being away from home is hard but I am glad that I have got to know so many people around the university and it now feels like a second home to me. There are always people hanging out in the studio, working hard and striving for the best. Even though we are always flooded with all kinds of projects, the sense achievement after putting in a lot of effort leaves me with no regrets. Apart from that, I have joined the Malaysian society and have got involved with their activities. This has helped me to connect with fellow Malaysian students and has allowed us to help one another when we are in need, especially being quite far from home.

Do you have any advice to other international students wishing to study at Kent?
As an international student, being able to experience and spend time with other students regardless of where they come from is priceless. I have been able to get to know the different cultures and traditions of my friends and at the same time, share my own customs to let them know about Malaysia. Everyone is very friendly here and you blend in with other students easily.

How would you describe the feel of the campus?
The location of the campus is great with a spectacular view of Canterbury Cathedral from the top of the hill. Woods and green areas are scattered across the campus providing peaceful and calm surroundings, which makes it an ideal place to study.

Dr Cardellicchio to speak about future heritage and circular economy at the University of Rome

Luciano Cardellicchio has been invited to give a lecture entitled ‘Are We Building for the Future?’ at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The event will take place at the School of Engineering the 9th of May.

The aim of the talk is to critically reflect on the relationship between ‘Circular Economy’ and ‘Future Heritage’ highlighting what are the principles that architectural designers need to be aware of to shape longer-life buildings.

Writing Buildings 2016: Conference Registration now open!

CREAte and The School of English have opened registration for our exciting interdisciplinary conference Writing Buildings, launched on Thursday 14th July with a keynote address by the writer Iain Sinclair, and concluding with a discussion with writer and filmmaker Jonathan Meades. See our website for details of the programme and to register.