Lattice design building

‘Digital Architecture’ Open Lecture Series kicks off with Richard Hyams

The latest addition to the Kent School of Architecture’s Open Lectures is the new ‘Digital Architecture’ series curated by Director of Digital Architecture, Dr Tim Ireland, whereby experts in the field of computational design, digital architecture and fabrication are invited to present their work and prompt critical discourse about the use of digital technology in design.

The first lecture of this new series entitled, ‘Forget Everything You Know’ will be given by Richard Hyams from Astudio on Tuesday 3rd October at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

Richard’s lecture will challenge you all to embrace the digital revolution. Richard will demonstrate through his work that to continually deliver better design we must learn to forget everything we know.

Richard Hyams is motivated by unique design challenges and enjoys leading design at and beyond the known boundaries of material and technology. Richard is always keen to challenge the status quo and leads teams to deliver highly individual buildings that inspire and delight. Richard’s pragmatism for understanding a complex brief and finding elegant yet simple solutions have placed Astudio as one of the most successful rising practices
Richard’s strategy to deliver high quality design for any building or procurement type and driving a research team to investigate future materials and technologies lead Astudio to become Architectural Practice of the Year after just 6 years in practice.

[Feature picture by Joel Felipe ]

Students in the 'Crit space' observing a lecturer

Booking now open for ‘Architecture at Kent’ Day!

Booking is now open for our upcoming ‘Architecture at Kent’ day taking place on Saturday 11th November from 10am – 4pm. This day is designed for students who are interested in studying architecture at Kent School of Architecture, and will give a snap-shot of what life is like as an architecture student. There will be lectures and workshops, and lunch will be provided so if you have any special dietary requirements, please ensure that you mention this on your booking form. If you have any queries regarding the event, please email

Spaces are limited, so to book your space please use the following link:

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Prof. Marialena Nikolopoulou co-chairing RAEng symposium “Sustainable Global Wellbeing”

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, Director of CASE (Centre for Architecture and the Sustainable Environment), has been invited to the 3rd Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium “Sustainable Global Wellbeing”, to co-chair the session on “Innovation for Sustainable Development” along with the Director of the UK Energy Research Centre.

The interdisciplinary workshop aims to encourage collaborative work, promoting international development, and cross disciplinary thinking among the next generation of leaders in engineering. In order to help cement new collaborations, groups of participants are invited to apply for seed funding of £20,000 to help develop a new collaborative partnership.  The symposium is taking place at the Oxford Union, from Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 September 2017.

[Feature picture by 贝莉儿 NG.]

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First KASA Open Lecture of 2017-18: AVR London

KASA is delighted to announce the first KSA Open Lecture of 2017/18 will be given by Joe Robson, founder of AVR London. Prior to establishing AVR, Joe studied architecture at Bath University before working at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) researching 3D modelling, virtual reality and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

AVR is a London based collective of architecturally trained 3D artists who specialise in producing captivating architectural illustrations. Joe will be speaking to us about AVR’s methodology for producing illustrations and their thoughts on the importance of high quality visual representation in architecture.

[Feature picture by Erik Eastman]

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou featured in Financial Times

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, Director of CASE (Centre for Architecture and the Sustainable Environment) was recently featured in an article in the Financial Times discussing the walkability of Europe’s cities following recent terror attacks. To read the full article written by Andrew Hill in the Financial Times, please click here.

Urban landscape

Kick-off of the largest externally funded project the School has witnessed

The School’s CASE Centre has been awarded major funding to carry out fundamental experimental research “Urban albedo computation in high latitude locations: An experimental approach”. A better understanding of urban albedo will provide a powerful method to help mitigate the effects of global warming by allowing more accurate computer simulation of building performance.

The £900,000 EPSRC-funded project was conceived and largely developed by Dr Giridharan Renganathan who along with the rest of the team secured support from major stakeholders, from professional bodies, to local government and industry partners.  The investigators are currently working with Kent Estates to identify a suitable site within the campus for building a large experimental model of specific areas of London.

Dr Renganathan is presenting at the London Climate Change Programme (LCCP) heat risk group meeting and UKCP18 briefings later this month.

[Feature picture by Vladimir Kudinov]