PGDip Architectural Practice Open Afternoon

Kent School of Architecture and Planning are hosting a PGDip Architectural Practice Open Afternoon on Monday 22 July from 14.00 – 16.00 in Marlowe Foyer, Marlowe Building.

The PGDip Architectural Practice enables students to complete their professional training and follows the ARB’s criteria for Part 3, thereby enabling graduates who have completed all three examinations to apply for professional registration as Architects in the UK.

This will be a great opportunity for you to meet the programme director, Peter Wislocki, find out more about the course, meet other industry professionals, and take a look around the Kent School of Architecture and Planning.

If you’d like to attend, RSVP by Monday 15 July 2019 to

Kent School of Architecture and Planning wins full five-year unconditional professional validation

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Visiting Board reviewed the BA (Hons) Architecture and MArch courses at Kent School of Architecture and Planning last week, and concluded its validation on Friday 21st June. The RIBA validates architectural education in the UK, and worldwide, and its seal of approval is an important marker for the quality of any institution’s provision of architectural education.

I am delighted to report that the RIBA Visiting Board recommended a full five-year unconditional validation for our Part 1, BA (Hons) Architecture and Part 2, MArch, programmes. This is the best possible outcome, and an endorsement of the quality of our offer at Kent. We look forward to welcoming new entrants to our validated programmes in September, and success to all our continuing students.

Professor Gerry Adler
Head of School

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou participated in International Seminar on Courtyard Performance

The International Seminar on Courtyard Performance and Thermal Modeling at the University of Seville focused on the results from a recent project on the environmental performance of courtyards, involving detailed monitoring, mathematical modelling, dynamic thermal simulations and energy analysis.  The seminar, which was held at the School of Architecture of Seville, involved collaborations with researchers from the groups of Thermal Technology, Mathematical Modeling, and Simulation of Environmental Systems, Material Technology and Building Systems, as well as the Universities of Cadiz, Harvard and Kent.

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, Deputy Head of School, and founder of the Centre of Architecture and Sustainable Environment, gave a keynote presentation, in what marked the beginning of a new collaboration with Kent School of Architecture and Planning in the context of a new project on the role of courtyards in contemporary architecture.

Emeritus Professor Don Gray opens KSAP End of Year Show 2019

Founder and former Head of School of Kent School of Architecture and Planning, Professor Don Gray, opened this year’s End of Year Show 2019, the 14th degree show since the school’s inception in 2005. This year’s exhibition, organised by our student association, KASA (Kent Architectural Student Association) was a huge success, and included a free ice cream truck from Tonibell Ice Cream, and welcome drinks provided by Chapel Down, courtesy of Guy Hollaway Architects.

A big thank you to all the sponsors this year: Del Renzio & Del Renzio, Thorp Design, OSG Architecture, JV Architects, Corstophine & Wright, Taylor & Hare, MWAI, Clague, On Architecture, Kent Union, University of Kent’s Mobility Fund, to everyone who attended, and to Stage 4 MArch student David Norman for the fantastic photographs.

The End of Year Show 2019 is open for two more days, Monday 24th June and Tuesday 25th June from 10am – 4pm.

Dr Peter Buš to speak at the Automation and Robotics Show

Dr Peter Buš will be speaking at the Automation and Robotics Show in Milton Keynes Arena on 25th June. His talk titled, ‘Large-scale prototyping utilising technologies and participation’ will envisage large-scale cable-driven systems for urban automation and takes the inspiration of processes-driven approach for construction from the shipping port areas in waterfront cities.

There is an immense potential in a combination of off-site and on-site construction approaches, with process-driven off-site systems expanding their ‘essence’ towards on-site deployment, potentially leading to increased construction efficiency and productivity. In addition, there is a growth in customised solutions for the construction sector as well as container-based modular construction systems where non-traditional building methods will benefit from these with the support of digital technologies. In particular, the presentation theoretically focuses on large-scale automatic prototyping for build applications along with interactions between humans and automatic building technologies to create on-demand spatial scenarios supported by relevant computational design methods for scenarios generation.

Kent School of Architecture and Planning End of Year Show 2019

Kent School of Architecture and Planning’s End of Year Show 2019 will be a celebration of the county, and the union of all stages and courses within the School. The BA (Hons) Architecture and MArch students will showcase their design projects, all of which, for the first time, are located within the Garden of England.

This year, there are variety of local sponsors as well as some further afield – all to focus on our aim of locality. The End of Year Show acts as both a celebration of students’ work and each year, and we are fortunate enough to host an increasing number of employers keen to seek out potential employees from our very talented pool of KSAP students.

KASA (Kent Architectural Student Association) would like to congratulate the designers of the catalogue and invitation, Stage 3 students: Luca Luci, Ben Child, Callum McLaughlin, Kyle McGuiness, Edoardo Avellino and Thomas Zhang.

The End of Year Show will open with a private view at 6pm on Friday 14th June. The show will then be open to the public from 17 – 21 June from 10am – 4pm daily. This is the 14th exhibition the School has hosted since it was founded by Professor Don Gray as Kent School of Architecture, and will be the first End of Year Show to be held following the expansion of the School to Kent School of Architecture and Planning.

By Stephanie Tillman, KASA Co-President

Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou features in CIBSE Journal

Deputy Head of School, Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou, features in a recent article in the CIBSE Journal, ‘Prime example – How industry can promote diversity in engineering‘. Following the recent appointment of the first female CIBSE President, reporter Liza Young looks into diversity and equality, and female role models within engineering organisations.

Professor Nikolopoulou was Director of Research and Director of CASE (Centre for Architecture and the Sustainable Environment) until recently, and is also the MSc Architecture and Sustainable Environment programme director.

KSAP launches Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice

Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) are excited to announce the launch of the new Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice. This programme enables students to complete their professional training and follows the ARB’s criteria for Part 3, thereby enabling graduates who have completed all three examinations to apply for professional registration as Architects in the UK. We are seeking ARB prescription and RIBA validation.

The PGDip in Architectural Practice draws on the academic and professional knowledge of staff at the Kent School of Architecture and Planning and will explore alternative building procurement strategies, reflecting innovative practice based on published sources and the teaching team’s personal experience. UK practice will be presented in a wider International context, meeting the rigorous criteria of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and equipping graduates to work in a wide range of professional roles and environments.

The course will be delivered in two blocks each compromising of three full days of teaching at our Canterbury campus. The first half of the course comprises of four lecture-based modules delivered in two block study sessions.

These modules will cover:

  • Professionalism, Clients, Users and the Delivery of Services
  • Legal Frameworks and Processes
  • Practice and Management
  • Building Procurement

The remaining half of the course comprises of a case study, based on the student’s current professional experience, with a reflective self-appraisal and extended CV.

Please visit our website for more details and we are now taking applications for September 2019 intake.

The Kent Historic Buildings Committee announces The Gravett Award 2019 winner

This year’s annual Gravett Award event took place on Friday 24 May in the Digital Crit Space. The Gravett Award, created by The Kent Historic Buildings Committee, a specialist unit of CPRE Kent, is given to a BA (Hons) Architecture student at Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) for the best observational drawing or drawings of existing buildings or structures produced during this academic year.

The award is named after Kenneth Gravett (1930-1999), an archaeologist, who, through his exceptional study and knowledge of historic buildings, has left an outstanding record of Kentish building vernacular. The prize is designed to encourage students to record existing buildings by hand-drawing, either in perspective or orthographic drawings, or sketches. The judging panel for this year’s Gravett award included the distinguished conservation architects Clive Bowley, Ptolemy Dean and Stuart Page.

This year, the competition was carried out as part of the BA (Hons) Architecture Stage 1 module, ‘Ancient and Medieval Architecture’, convened by Dr Nikolaos Karydis. One of the assignments in this module asks students to visit and draw a Norman building in Kent. The following eight students were shortlisted: Victoria Dolfo, Ayako Seki, Felicity Pike, Nuriye Celik, Rebecca Jilks, Alexandra-Stefania Barbu, Matthew Manganga and Michael Zapletal.

The winner of this year’s award is Ayako Seki who will be formally presented with the award at this year’s End of Year Show on 14 June 2019.

Realising Frederick Kiesler’s Endless House

Frederick Kiesler’s Endless House is regarded as one of the most visionary projects in the history of 20th Century architecture. It was a project that spanned almost forty years, developed through sketches, drawings, plans and models between mid-1920’s to the 1960’s but it was never built. Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, considered it important to translate Kiesler’s architecture into reality.

Kent School of Architecture and Planning’s 3D CAD Technician, Julien Soosaipillai, built a digital model of the exterior shell from texts, drawings and photographs of Kiesler’s model for his unfinished Endless House project. This is the first step in DARC‘s current project to realise Frederick Kiesler’s ‘Endless House’.