University Prize for Stage 2 Tutors and Technical Support

Tutors on the Stage Two module Collective Dwelling have won this year’s University Teaching Prize for the Faculty of Humanities. The brief for the project, which studied historic buildings in Sandwich and the design of complementary new housing, was devised by Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Benjamin Wood and Patrick O’Keeffe and delivered by a committed team of tutors which also included Dr Manolo Guerci, Felicity Atepke, Jasmine Davey, James McAdam, Tanya Kalinina and David Moore.

The judges, chaired by the Dean of Humanities Professor Simon Kirchin, praised the imaginative and coherent brief and the tutors’ success in stimulating student curiosity and enthusiasm. Stephen Proctor, of Proctor and Matthews, wrote that this was ‘a very ambitious undertaking for students at second year level: not only have the students been expected to engage with in-depth contextual analysis, but also grapple with the complexities of balancing the ergonomic requirements of contemporary domestic space with the technical specifics of servicing requirements and building fabric performance.  All combined with the difficult challenge of accommodating all this within a sensitive historic environment. Through a combined enthusiasm and in-depth subject knowledge, Ben and Patrick have successfully infused their students with a thirst for knowledge which goes beyond that expected so early in an architectural education.  I have been specifically impressed by the level of knowledge the students have attained in vernacular forms and construction detailing.’

In addition, Workshop Manager, Kevin Smith, and 3D CAD Technician, Julien Soosaipillai have won this year’s University Technical Support Award, in recognition of their significant contribution to the success of Kent School of Architecture and planning by providing essential support for both staff and students, with outstanding contribution to CASE (Centre for Architecture and the Sustainable Environment) research project, Urban Albedo.

The three lead tutors will join Kevin Smith and Julien Soosaipillai at the University’s Award Ceremony on 10th July.

Patrick O’Keeffe is the British School at Rome Worsley Fellow, 2017-18

Stage 5 student Patrick O’Keeffe has been awarded the 2017 British School at Rome Giles Worsley Fellowship. The Fellowship was inaugurated in honour of Giles Worsley, the distinguished historian of neo-classical architecture, and offers an opportunity for outstanding young architects and architectural historians to experience and learn from the architecture of Rome and to contribute to the lively scholarly atmosphere of the School.

Patrick’s research will look at the use of musical harmony as a means of investigating and interpreting architectural harmony in Renaissance Rome. He will travel to Rome for three months from October 2017.

‘I am delighted to have been offered this fantastic opportunity to pursue my research in Rome with the support of the Worsley family and the British School at Rome’, Patrick said.

Patrick is the second KSA MArch student to win a major national award.  In 2014 Keith Diplock joined a select handful of students from the Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art and the Bartlett as the winner of an RIBAWren Insurance Association Scholarship.