First CASE Open Lecture 2016/17 presents Marylis Ramos from PRP Architects

CASE kicks off the Open Lecture series for 2016/17 with Marylis Ramos, with her talk entitled ‘Future Cities: resilience, zero carbon, and wellbeing‘ on Tuesday 18th October at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Marylis is the Director of Sustainability and Research at PRP Architects – an award winning architectural practice specialising in the residential and specialist housing design and urban regeneration, heading a team of sustainability and energy consultants as well as leading on industry-based research projects.  She is an author of the Zero Carbon Hub’s ‘Zero Carbon Compendium’ and the World Green Building Council’s ‘Business Case for Green Buildings report, and more recently has authored and co-chaired the UK Green Building Council’s ‘Health and Well-being in Homes’ report.

Marylis’ talk will take us on a journey around the world, looking at current and emerging best practice in Zero Carbon Cities and Communities, the emergence of ‘smart’ cities, and discuss the idea of resilience to changes in future climate and how this resilience can be brought into the design process, focusing on issues related to overheating, health and well-being in homes.  This talk will draw on a combination of industry research and real-life case studies from PRP, and will showcase Marylis’ highly visual and interactive presentation style.


BA Architecture – Student Profile – Aut Angpanitcharoen

What attracted you to studying at Kent?
Choosing the right university was a stressful point of my life. After eliminating the idea of studying in the US, the UK seemed a straight forward choice, as I was already studying here for quite some time. Kent was recommended to me by a family friend because of great student satisfaction reviews. After some persuading, one Thursday evening after rowing, I set off on a five hours train ride from Shrewsbury. The next morning I visited the campus in its woodland settings overlooking Canterbury Cathedral. A walk around the city centre followed and I almost missed my train back to school. When it came to UCAS Kent was my first choice.

Why did you choose to study architecture?
I guess, I have always wanted to become an architect. It has always been at the back of my mind as I have always loved drawing. Yet when it came to university, I was lost. I knew I wanted to do something to do with Art and Design but I wasn’t sure what. What truly helped me was applying for work experience, as many as I could managed. So I did one in yacht design, two in architecture and talked to my Art teacher about his practical experience. After that very busy year, I decided that architecture was probably it. Thankfully I am truly enjoying it at the moment. And the prospect of becoming an architect truly excites me.

What skills have you already learnt whilst studying architecture?
I have learnt a great deal in stage one. We were encouraged to develop our visual communication skills, free hand sketches and orthographic drawings. We were later introduced to computer programs such as 3Ds Max and Photoshop to help aid our presentations. The brief introduction during the summer term of stage one proved a great setup for the transit into the more digitally dependant stage two.

In terms of the history of art and architecture, I found that starting with the Modern movement was the best way to begin as it is the most relatable. Then in the summer term, we moved on to the other end of the spectrum, ancient and medieval Architecture, focusing on the Greeks, Romans and their influence on European Romanesque architecture and eventually the English Anglo-Saxons, Norman and Gothic architecture.— I particularly enjoyed this module and the final seminar held inside Canterbury Cathedral was the perfect way to conclude. This year, in stage two, we are moving chronologically to the Renaissance and Neoclassicism.
The history modules have proved to be a great source of inspiration and precedence for the design modules, which is to me the most demanding, and perhaps that is why it is the most enjoyable. We are always encouraged to design responsibly. To create buildings and landscape that responds to its surroundings, creative designs that are functional to use, pleasant to experience and responsible to our environment.

What are you most enjoying about university?
I consider myself lucky, in that, what I enjoy most is the course. Spending sleepless nights working on models and orthographic drawings is strangely delightful. I suppose when you are working on something that is, often frustrating, but ultimately exciting and that you are proud of, there is never a dull moment. Many of these nights served as bonding sessions of sorts, which the morning after gains you the friendship of other passionate ambitious aspiring architects. Outside of the architecture circle, I am a member of the university boat club and goes for a scull around twice a week on the Stour, usually before lectures. I am also part of the Thai society which helps me to connect with other Thai students studying here at Kent and others throughout the UK.

Do you have any advice to other international students wishing to study at Kent?
Studying abroad is a great opportunity. Try as many new and exciting things as you can. Be open minded, embrace changes and make the most of your experience.

How would you describe the feel of the campus?
The campus is a unique setting, surrounded by woodlands on top of the hill with a view of Canterbury city centre. In the spring bluebells bloom, bunny rabbits emerge from the bushes of Park Wood and ducklings fills up Keynes duck pond. The sylvan layout creates a relaxing, friendly, country atmosphere, very pleasant.

Dr. Schoenefeldt speaks about Houses of Parliament Restoration in Canterbury

Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt, who is currently leading a research project feeding into the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme, will be speaking in Canterbury on 10 October. The talk is entitled ‘Preserving Parliament: Reusing the Past to sustain the Future.’  He will talk about his current work, including his study of the historic stack ventilation system and his involvement in the first ever systematic physical survey of the Palace of Westminster.

This event will be held at St. Paul’s Church, Church Street,  Canterbury. It starts at 7.15pm with a meal in the parish centre followed by the talk at 8.15pm in the church itself. To book spaces for the meal, please contact the parish office (, 01227 768072). To attend the talk no bookings are required.

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BA Architecture – Student Profile – Charles Hope

What attracted you to studying at Kent?
I grew up in a remote Hertfordshire village; the leafy open space and extended views over Canterbury Cathedral won me over with a sense of home from home. The symbolic presence of the hill top campus proves to be good morning exercise if nothing else. The wide range of facilities on campus seemed to cater for long durations of stay during busy exam and presentation periods, which would help with time efficiency, respectively. Having proximity to the coast attracted me with the possibility of visiting Whitstable, Margate and more remotely the Isle of Grain and Dungeness for the more adventurous students.

Why did you choose to study architecture?
At secondary school I was torn paradoxically between art and science based subjects – both of which interested me. I eventually found that architecture was the marriage of the two through the practical application of playful visual planning. In 2008, I shadowed a family friend at Sheppard Robson Architects as part of a work experience scheme in year 8. Subsequently, I arranged a number of other Architecture placements whilst spending my summer holidays working for my father, a builder. The welcoming open days at Kent School of Architecture, vowed that there I would find a proper training towards my Part 1 architectural qualification.

What skills have you already learnt whilst studying architecture?
During my time at Kent I have explored architecture through a developing skill set of essay writing, hand drawing, sculptural modelling and computer visualisation. In addition, through regular interim and final crit presentations I have gained confidence in public speech and improvising under the stresses of closing questions. The workshop provides all the necessary tools and advice to make great looking physical models. Modelling I have come to realise as a physical process enables wider thinking and unconscious moves towards your design ideas where drawing and computer generation failed – and they look great in ‘show and tell’ demonstrations.

What are you enjoying most about university?
I really enjoy the studio culture that you find at the Kent School of Architecture, it functions as modern family and peer advice is crucial when the nights get long. In the third year I formed a subset of peers through the university chapter Article 25. Made predominantly of architects we arrange tutorials, film nights and socials – all good fun in aid of development and disaster relief. I also love the independence made available in the move to university, it has been an invaluable experience.

What do you think about the level of support in your studies?
The level of support is brilliant, with one of the highest student to tutor ratios on campus. The support comes from a wide range of backgrounds too, with guest tutors from local and London practices and academic staff with specialities in particular periods of architectural past. The support materialises in a number of ways through group and individual discussions, presentation feedback and impromptu conversation with passing members of staff. The diversity really helps to shape well rounded viewpoints and skill sets.