KSA Foundation Chair Crit

The students involved in our Foundation programme had their crits on Thursday 31st March in the KSA Digital Crit Space. Our students were asked to design and create a chair made entirely out of cardboard. There were two design clauses: students were not allowed to use glue, and the chair couldn’t be at a 90o angle. Students tackled the brief using different approaches such as folding, slotting and rolling all to produce a variety of interestingly designed chairs. It was great to see other students from the school getting involved in testing out the different chairs to see if they held their weight and tested out the comfort level. Great work from all our foundation students!

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Crit Week at KSA

It’s been a busy week here at the Kent School of Architecture for all our students.

Our Stage 2 students have spent the Autumn term working on their Landscape and Architecture Design module. Their brief has been to design a Gardening and Cooking School in Canterbury. The site is located along the Great Stour River and includes Solly’s Orchard, the weir, the bridge and a section of Pound Lane. The Cookery School will provide a space and environment to learn about growing food and cooking.

Our Stage 3 students have spent this term working on their Adapt and Extend design module. Their brief has been to design a naval and aviation museum; their site is at the Dockyard Church in Sheerness-on-Sea. The project celebrates the naval history of the Isle of Sheppey, providing a record of the important historical events that took place. The programme seeks to display and animate the history of the adjacent Royal Dockyard and the islands’ aviation activities, and to provide space for memorial for all the victims of its naval pursuits.

Our MArch students also presented their work on Monday during their intercrits.

MArch 5th Years: That final FINAL crit

Today marked the final university design crit the 5th Year MArch students had to face, before the professional stretch in the real world towards their careers in the architectural field. It does seem like pressure, but for many of the 5th Years, it was clear that they just wanted to end the course on a pleasant high and give it their best shot. The result of the work sprawled across Studio C downstairs in the Marlowe Building was clear: dedication, commitment and flawless effort had been put in.

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What stood out the most was the range of mixed media and vast construction approaches. From charcoal drawings and simple, rendered CAD to Photoshopped renders and structural models, the 5th Years had proved that they weren’t afraid to experiment and push the boundaries of design. Some introductory speeches were in more depth than usual, due to making sure that the thorough knowledge and finest technical detail that went into the process of the schemes were explained to the curious panellists.

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It was all an example to be set for the 4th Years, who are expected to step into their shoes next academic year. While technical and structural requirements were crucial, the message that the MArch course gave after today is that students do have the opportunity to really express themselves and find out what personally interests them in architecture. The standard of work reflected, in some ways, personality and working methods that students each find most comfortable. Moreover, fantastic material for portfolios that the MArchers can show off to potential firms when looking for employment.

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Many congratulations to the finalists and have a well-deserved rest! Details of the upcoming KSA End of Year Show will be announced within the next couple of weeks.