Architecture Careers Day


Our annual Careers Day event took place this Thursday 5th March in the Marlowe Building. Primarily aimed at final year undergraduate students, the aim of the day was to enlighten our 3rd year students on life after graduation, and what they may come to expect from working in the industry, along with some useful hints and tips from a wide array of practices.

The first part of the day was held in MLT1 where we had a series of practicing architects discuss their practice’s portfolios along with a brief discussion as to what they look for in potential applicants. The second part of the day was held in Studio A where the students got to ask those niggling questions about their CVs and portfolios, which created a lively and incredibly helpful workshop for all involved.

We’d of course, like to say a big thank you to all the architects who kindly attended our event from CDP Architecture, Lee Evans Partnership, Guy Holloway Architects, Clay Architecture, Prime Building Consultants, Bond Bryan Architects, Hazel McCormack Young and PRP.


Dr. Nikolaos Karydis to give an open lecture at the University of Kent

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis is giving a lecture on Thursday 5th March at 11am-1pm in the Cornwallis Octagon, Lecture Theatre 3. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

Architectural Encounters between Byzantium and Islam from the 10th to the 13th Century

Dr. Nikolaos Karydis, University of Kent


The artistic relations between Byzantium and Islam from the 10th to the 13th century transcended the cultural and religious boundaries between the two cultures. Our awareness of these relations is essential to understand the development of monumental architecture in Southern Europe during this period. A comparative analysis of a wide range of monuments reflects a stream of architectural influences between Byzantium and Islam that flowed in both directions. Indeed, combinations of Islamic and Byzantine themes occur in cultures as different and distant as the ones of Moorish Andalusia and Byzantine Greece. But, such architectural fusions are not only encountered in Islamic and Byzantine territories. They also occur in the architecture of the Venetian Republic and the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. The rise of these two powers is marked by the development of hybrid, and highly inventive architectural languages that incorporate the best elements of Byzantine and Islamic architecture, confirming the aesthetic compatibility between them.

This lecture revisits some of the key monuments of Andalusia, Italy and Greece in order to identify those architectural motifs and construction techniques that the one culture borrowed from the other. Particular emphasis is put on the design and constructional methods used to combine Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements in different contexts and on the modifications which the two cultures introduced into the elements they borrowed. The architectural forms studied in the lecture show that the exchange of ideas between Byzantium and Islam was extremely fertile, producing unique architectural forms. Cross-cultural interaction seems to have renewed previous architectural traditions, infusing new life and symbolic content in them.

Outdoor thermal comfort: part of the Cool Communities Webinar series

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, Director of CASE (Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment) and KSA Director of Research will be giving a webinar tomorrow as part of the Cool Communities Webinar series. Organised by Health Canada, the webinar topic for tomorrow is ‘Designing thermally comfortable outdoor spaces for summer and winter‘.

Marialena’s talk is entitled ‘Outdoor thermal comfort: What does it mean for the design of our cities’.

For more information about the event including how to register, please click here.

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou to give Open Lecture in Cyprus

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, Director of CASE (Centre for Architecture and Sustainable Environment) and KSA Director of Research will give an open lecture at the University of Neapolis, Pafos in Cyprus, on Friday 20th February.

Her talk is entitled “The Role of Open Spaces in Cities of the 21st Century: from Sensory Architecture to Climate Change”.

The event is organised by the  Masters’ Programme in Landscape Architecture and it is open to the whole University and the Professional Association of Architects.

For more information, please click here.

Kent has 215 postgraduate busaries to award for study commencing in September 2015

The University is pleased to announce that it has been awarded 215 postgraduate bursaries of £10,000 each for students admitted to taught Master’s degree programmes at Kent in September 2015. This one-off scheme, announced by the Government in December 2014, is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The busaries are awarded to students based on eligibility criteria and does not need to be repaid. To find out more, please click here.

Any Kent students that are ineligible should still be able to access either the Graduate School Scholarship or the Alumni Loyalty discount.

Architecture @ Kent Day

architecture @ kent

On Saturday 24th January KSA held its first Architecture @ Kent event. The action packed day offered students a chance to visit the School of Architecture and the opportunity to gain an insight into what being a student here is like.
As well as meeting fellow prospective students, those who attended were also acquainted with tutors and current students who were well equipped to answer any questions about university life at Kent.

The day was kicked off with a welcome from the Head of School Prof. Don Gray followed by a lecture from Tim Brittain-Catlin concerning the differences between Classical and Gothic Architectural principles. The theme of the lecture was to pose a question to the prospective students;

Are you Classical or are you Gothic?

After a refreshment break, the first workshop of the day was run by our very own Fine Artist Patrick Crouch and encouraged creative, artistic thinking in order to construct a tower out of a selection of relatively flimsy materials. One group amazingly managed to reach a hight of around 5m, although it did not last very long! The students then were asked to name and present their towers to a panel of tutors, who commented on their styles, structure and creative flair.

Then came a banquet of pizza which went down well with both students and staff, followed by a tour of the campus to visit the universities many facilities and work some of the lunch off!

architecture @ kent lunch

 The afternoon session gave the students a taste of the practical design seminars they will encounter when studying architecture. They were each asked to think of a client with a specific profession, and design the ideal house for them made entirely of shipping containers. The design tutors and student ambassadors then taught about the basics of orthographic drawing (Plans, Sections and Elevations) and were on hand to assist with design queries.

architecture @ kent siminar

The aim of the day was to give each prospective student a better understanding of what an architectural degree entails. We hope that those who attended the event enjoyed it as much as we did, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

By Edward Powe – Stage 2 BA (Hons) Architecture

Kent School of Architecture now one of the top ten research intensive schools in the UK

Following the announcement of the results of the United Kingdom REF on 18th December 2014, Professor Don Gray, Head of Kent School of Architecture (KSA) was delighted to report that the School was ranked 8th in the country for research intensity.

The review confirms that 40% of KSA research outputs submitted to the REF were ranked 4*, the internationally acknowledged definition of “world leading research.”

Professor Gray said, “This is a terrific result for Kent School of Architecture in its 10th anniversary year. Although this is our first submission to the REF, we have been placed equal with Cambridge.  We intend to build on this remarkable outcome to obtain even higher rankings in the next review.”

Gerald Adler to give inaugural professorial lecture

30 January 2015 in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 at 6pm

When academics are promoted to a chair (that is, they receive the title ‘Professor’) it is customary for them to give an inaugural lecture on a topic of their choice. ‘Flat white’ takes me back to my PhD on the German architect Heinrich Tessenow, but this represents current work for me, too, as my chapter ‘The German reform theatre: Heinrich Tessenow and eurhythmic performance space at Dresden-Hellerau’ in Alistair Fair (ed.)  Perspectives on Twentieth-Century Theatre Architecture (Ashgate, 2015) makes clear. Past and present students of mine in the KSA culture modules will recognise key themes of Modernism articulated one hundred years ago, and still with us today, in current attitudes to form, function, and construction.

Flat White: incipient Modernist architecture in late Wilhelmine Germany
The early years of the twentieth century witnessed remarkable advances in architecture emanating from Germany in matters technical, aesthetic and functional. The hiatus of the First World War interrupted this flowering of the art of building, which nonetheless resumed during the years of ferment of the Weimar Republic. On the northern outskirts of Dresden a settlement was founded, taking inspiration from English Arts and Crafts endeavours in Reform design and living culture, but with a pronounced Nietzschean ‘will to form’ all-encompassing in its reach. Here was a garden city with real industry at its heart (the progressive furniture factory of the Deutsche Werkstätten) and a magnificent performance space at its periphery, to which the great and the good of European society would come on pilgrimage.

The spare, unadorned houses designed by the quiet Mecklenburg architect Heinrich Tessenow (1876-1950) gave way to the spiritual and artistic centre of the settlement, his great festival theatre and School of Eurhythmy. A building which at first glance seems a correct and prim exercise in understated Neoclassicism turns out to be nothing short of revolutionary in its concision of internal planning, purity and simplicity of surface, and manipulation of light. It is an inspiring example of a building as product of a variety of artistic and social impulses, orchestrated by the tactful skill of its young architect, one which presages the collaborative work of the Bauhaus in Dessau some 15 years later. Its main performance space has qualities that would not make it unusual to find in the twenty-first century: its surfaces are smooth and pale, and emit light, shimmering like a reversed lampshade.

Between the economy of sachlich, functional terraced and paired houses and the stately Festspielhaus, designed to accommodate and give shape to emerging Reform ideas of pedagogy, dance and music (such as the eurhythmy dabbled in by D. H. Lawrence’s heroines), key traits of Modernist aesthetics were born, uniting the various arts and paving the way for the prevailing look of the twentieth century, one that is arguably still with us in the twenty-first: flat white.

Images – Heinrich Tessenow, Alexander von Salzmann, Festspielhaus, Dresden-Hellerau, Germany. Views of interior of the Festival Hall, looking towards the stage and to the audience (1913). Source: ‘Das junge Hellerau’, in Bildunsanstalt Jaques-Dalcroze (ed.) Der Rhythmus. Ein Jahrbuch (Jena, 1913).

KSA awarded 5-year unconditional validation by RIBA

The Kent School of Architecture is proud to announce that its BA Architecture (Part 1) and MArch (Part 2) courses have been validated by RIBA for the next 5 years.

The three-day visitng board issued the following statement:

“Following the recent visiting board, the BA(Hons) and MArch courses in architecture at The University of Kent are recommended to be unconditionally revalidated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) subject to formal ratification by the RIBA Education Committee. We will announce more details once the recommendations of the Board are finally approved.

Prof. Don Gray, Head of School, said, “The Board praised our engaged and articulate students, the integration of new research staff, and our embryonic study abroad programme. This is a terrific result for the school, and allows us to plan ahead with confidence. “

Alumna is shortlisted for the British Expertise International Young Consultant of the Year Award

BA (Hons) and MArch graduate Ana Becheru is one of five to be shortlisted for the British Expertise 2015 Young Consultant of the Year Award 2015. The British Expertise International Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding international achievements by companies in the UK professional services sector. Ana was delighted to learn of the nomination and said “it can only be a tribute to all my tutors’ hard work and dedication” and that all had made ‘a major contribution to her personal development’.

Whilst studying at the school, Ana was consistently involved in many projects including founding the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS) UK Branch which has over 4200 student members.

Professor Don Gray said “I am delighted to see Ana Becheru nominated for 2015 Young Consultant of the Year – this says much about the wisdom of those responsible for shortlisting. At Kent School of Architecture (KSA), Ana was an irrepressible ball of energy who wanted to get the most from her time with us.  She was active in many areas in the School and University and beyond. Everyone in KSA wishes her the best of luck on 14th April at the final presentations in the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington”.

Good luck to Ana for the final selection which is being held in London on the 14th April 2015.