Dr Richard Watkins conducts air flow experiment at Canterbury Cathedral

Dr Richard Watkins, lecturer and senior tutor in Sustainable Architecture at Kent School of Architecture has developed a system using helium-filled balloons to track air flow around the Nave of Canterbury Cathedral. Our MSc Architecture and the Sustainable Environment students Sam Leatt, Sukanya Ravi and Yikun Shang, along with Dr Giridharan Renganathan from Kent School of Architecture were in participation at the experiment which took place on Thursday evening.

For more information, please click here which will take you to the brilliant article on Canterbury Cathedral’s news page.

The video below by Canterbury Cathedral documents the experiment in action!

Kent School of Architecture Summer School 2017

The University of Kent’s high-quality postgraduate-level summer schools with academic credit are designed for anyone who would like to study one or more of the inspiring courses taught at the University’s locations in three of Europe’s most important cities.

Building on our reputation for interdisciplinary study you will spend time with fellow students and academics studying your chosen subject in specially chosen locations with state-of-the-art facilities.  If you are considering postgraduate study at Kent, either in the UK or at one of our specialist postgraduate centres across Europe, a summer school is a great opportunity to discover more about your subject and the University.

The Summer Schools are two weeks long and run in June, July and August 2017, allowing you to attend one or more, and discover what it is like to be a student at our Canterbury, Brussels or Paris locations.

Kent School of Architecture will be running an Architecture Summer School at the Canterbury Campus from the 2nd – 16th July 2017. Take part in presentations, design workshops, lectures and site visits and become part of a creative community that comprises of well-respected researchers, highly skilled architects, engineers and design professionals.

Studying at a summer school with the University of Kent, ranked 23 out of 119 institutions in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017), you will benefit from expert teaching, on-campus accommodation (in Canterbury), social activities, excellent resources and facilities and an opportunity to enhance your career or progress to postgraduate study.

Scholarships and discounts

  • We have a limited number of full and part scholarships to award.
  • Tiered discounts when studying more than one course.
  • Discounts of £150 if you book and pay in full by 5 May 2017
  • Brussels Summer School students are entitled to 10% discount if they subsequently enrol on a Master’s degree at the Brussels centre.

Find out more: www.kent.ac.uk/summerschools

Contact us: summerschools@kent.ac.uk

CREAte Open Lecture: Dr Alan Powers

CREAte Research Centre’s recent Open Lecture was given by Dr Alan Powers on Wednesday 18th January 2016 in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1. Dr Alan Powers is the author of many books on twentieth century architecture, art and design in Britain and worldwide, including Britain in the series Modern Architecture in History (2007) and 100 Years of Architecture (2016). He teaches for New York University in London and the Kent School of Architecture. He is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Twentieth Century Society.

His lecture entitled, ‘Post-Carbuncular Post-Modernism: The Sainsbury Wing and the architectural politics of the 1980s in Britain’ explored The Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery in London by Venturi and Scott-Brown which arose out of a crisis of modernism and a shift in public discourse about representation in architecture following the Prince of Wales’s speech at Hampton Court in May 1984, at a time when Post-Modernism was already well advanced in Britain. Using documents from the National Gallery Archives, Alan Powers will examine the history of the site and the project and the controversies over its design that persist 30 years later.

MA Architectural Visualisation Student Profile – Joseph Ling Chuan Sheng

What attracted you to studying at Kent?
Coming to the University of Kent was an easy decision for me as the course was exactly what I was looking for. I previously studied Architecture at undergraduate level in Malaysia but I wanted to go in a more digital direction so the MA in Architectural Visualisation was the perfect choice.

What were your first impressions of Canterbury?
Coming to the UK to study was actually my first visit here. I spent some time in London before heading to Canterbury to start my studies and have found that there is not as many distractions in Canterbury as there is in London making it a great place to study! Canterbury is only a 15 minute walk away and there are lots of nice places to eat and drink. There are a lot of transport links in the city which take you out to the coast and there is also the high speed to London.

Have you enjoyed studying at a campus university?
The Canterbury Campus is full of green spaces making it a great place to be in sunny weather. I live in Woolf College which has a good mix of students from all around the world, the accommodation is quiet, making it a good place to study. There are plenty of food outlets and bars on campus, a campus shop, doctor’s surgery and all the other facilities that you will need.

What are your plans after you have finished studying?
I plan to look for a job in London after I have finished my studies. I would like to ideally get a job in the gaming or film industry in the future.

What have you enjoyed most about the course so far?
I really enjoyed doing the ‘month project’ as it gave me the freedom to choose an area which interested me. My project focused on film animation, the film I used in my project was called Howl’s Moving Castle directed by Hayao Miyazaki. I have found the course quite demanding in terms of workload however I have learned an awful lot already. There is a nice mix of modules on the course and I have made some very good friends on the course.

First KASA Open Lecture of 2017 presents Andrew Waugh

The first  Kent Architectural Student Association (KASA) Open Lecture of 2017 will be given by Andrew Waugh, Director of Waugh Thistleton Architects on Tuesday 17th January at 6PM in MLT1. Waugh Thistleton Architects based in Shoreditch, are experienced in delivering a wide range of building types with a commitment to the use of timber construction. This earned them an international reputation in environmentally sustainable architecture and design. For further information about the practice, please click here.

Andrew Waugh was an early pioneer in the architectural quest for tall timber buildings with Waugh Thistleton’s nine-story timber ‘Murray Grove’ project in 2009. The focus for the lecture will be on cross-laminated timber, the growing trend and benefits of building with this innovate technique and sustainable material.