Stage 3 KSA student to speak at TED x University of Kent

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. As part of the TED x University of Kent event taking place this Saturday 14th May in the Gulbenkian Theatre, Stage 3 student and KSA blog contributor Luisa Pereira-Pires will be speaking about her experiences at her time spent helping out with the Falafel Group in Lesvos. For more information about the event, and Luisa’s talk, please click here.


Stage 2 Form and Structure Submission

As part of their Form and Structure module, our Stage 2 students were tasked with designing a roof and its supports. The roof is to cover an area of at least 400 square meters, and within this area, there must be no internal columns or supports. The images below show some of the great final submissions from our Stage 2 students!


Stephanie Davies


Akmaral Khassen


Meera Badran

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!





Outreach – Drop It! Event at KSA

Following on from the success of last year’s View Finders outreach project, this year KSA has been working with 5 partner schools (Canterbury Academy, St Anselm’s, Folkestone Academy, Brompton Academy and Community College Whitstable) on a project entitled ‘Drop It!’ with over 70 students and 15 KSA student ambassadors. The previous year we worked with 6 schools and approximately 60 students.

As with last year’s View Finders project, the aim is to introduce school students to architecture and to encourage them to be aware of the built environment as a possible future profession. This year’s brief is to design a box that can be dropped from an aeroplane into war zones or countries that have experienced a natural disaster. The box will open up, parts connected and assembled to form a number of ‘buildings’: a clinic, an orphanage or a dwelling. Students were asked to draw their ideas and make models over the course of the 6 weeks. The first of six sessions with our KSA student ambassadors began on Monday 25th January, and ran until Monday 14th March 2016.

On Wednesday 16th March 2016, students from five schools within the local area arrived at Kent School of Architecture (KSA) to test their tower building skills and find out the much anticipated results of the Outreach Drop It! challenge. Pupils, teachers and parents alike filed in to the Digital Crit Space at KSA for a warm welcome from Rebecca Hobbs, Outreach Project Officer, where they were briefed on the itinerary for the day. Thanks were given to all those who were involved in the project.


Patrick Crouch, Design Tutor at KSA, quickly put the budding architects to the test with his challenge to build a “Tower in an Hour”. Armed with copious amounts of art straws, sticky tape and other materials, the teams set to work and built some impressive structures with guidance from Kent School of Architecture’s student ambassadors. Each group had a different approach to the tower but all had the same goal in mind: build the sturdiest, tallest tower in just 60 minutes. St. Anselm’s sought victory with their unique approach to the tower (which included a ball of string as decoration at the tip).

After refuelling with some much needed snacks and refreshments, Rebecca and Patrick announced the proud winners of the Drop It! Challenge. Student ambassadors had been working at the schools to help the pupils to design a box that could be dropped from an aeroplane into war zones or countries that have experienced a natural disaster. The resulting models were displayed in the Digital Crit Space, showcasing the different approaches that each school had taken. The winners, St Anselms, proudly accepted their prize from Rebecca Hobbs and as the event drew to a close, the students were left feeling truly inspired by their visit to Kent School of Architecture, the ambassadors they had met and the challenges which they had approached with vigour.


KSA Careers Event

On Thursday 3rd March, we held our annual careers event whereby we invited local practitioners to present themselves to our Stage 3 students, and spend time in the studios conducting mock interviews, advising on CVs or taking Q&A sessions on their practice. The aims of the event are to create links between the school teaching staff, students and architectural practices, to offer guidance to graduating students on how to maximise their chances of employment and also to provide a forum for local practices to discover potential future employees in person in an informal setting. Below are some photographs of the event!



Architecture & Movement Workshop: Materials, Dynamics, Atmospheres.

Students from Unit 1 of the MArch course at Kent School of Architecture and MA Physical Acting from the School of Arts worked together to explore materials, dynamics and atmospheres. Welcoming each other into their respective studio spaces, the students examined intersections between their fields, and gathered inspiration for their upcoming performance- and design assessments. This pilot workshop is the first of a series of cross-disciplinary exchanges between two crafts concerned with how the social human being inhabits space.

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The day’s schedule played out as follows:

  1. Implications of materials: discovering the characteristics of certain materials, their ‘poetic essence’ – what the material itself has to offer.
  2. Atmosphere and power dynamics: Implications of space on personal space and social relations
  3. Move over to KSA’s Marlowe building: Examining the models: An opportunity for MArch students to discuss their Guild designs with MA Physical Acting students


Upcoming CREAte Open Lecture: Renzo Piano before Renzo Piano

The next CREAte Open Lecture will be given by Dr Lorenzo Ciccarelli on Tuesday 1st March at 6PM in MLT1.

The competition for the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1971) seems to mark the miraculous beginning of the career of Renzo Piano. On the contrary the Parisian museum is the final act of the long and dense period of formation of the Italian architect. Piano graduated at the Politecnico di Milano in 1964, after working for two years in the office of Franco Albini and Franca Helg. In 1965 Piano established his office in Genoa and started to travel, looking for his personal maestri: Jean Prouvé, Zygmunt Makowski, Frei Otto, Robert Le Ricolais, Louis Kahn. At the same time he began to build a series of experimental structures in prefabricated plastic elements. The lecture will focus on these unknown years of the career of Renzo Piano, especially on the methodological aspects and the structural research developed by the young architect. Aspects and research that are the design foundations of the Centre Pompidou.

Lorenzo Ciccarelli graduated in Building Engineering-Architecture in 2011 at the Università Politecnica delle Marche and at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette. In January 2016 he has been awarded with his Ph.D. in Architecture and Construction at the Università di Roma Tor Vergata with a thesis entitled Renzo Piano before Renzo Piano. The formative years 1958-1971. He is a specialist of Italian architecture of the twentieth century and its links with Europe and North America. Since 2013 he collaborates with the Renzo Piano Foundation in Genoa where he contributed to conceive and organize the recent Renzo Piano exhibitions in Padova, Genova and Paris.

Howard Griffin – Moving the immovable

Howard Griffin will be giving a talk entitled Moving the immovable on Wednesday 9th July at 7.30pm in The Gulbenkian as part of Digibury.

The development of digital projection technology has enabled urban-scale projection to become bigger, brighter and arguably more immersive.

This increase in technological capability has encouraged a new generation of artists to use imagery to alter architectural and urban environments, provoking interaction, response and a skewing of the perception of ordinarily familiar form and space. With the ability of this medium to change the very nature and aesthetic of the urban environment, Howard is currently researching the perceptive effect that this can have.

Drawing from experience of a number of projects, Howard will discuss the field of Architectural Projection Mapping and its distinction from urban cinematic projections.