New children’s book shines a light on challenges of autism

April 11th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Architects involved with Queen’s make an impact on raising awareness and understanding of how to design to improve the built environment for those with autism.

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Pictured are Dominic Morris (McNally Morris Architects), Peter Lloyd (Illustrator / Designer of the book); David McConnell (Arts Council) and Keith McAllister, ( QUB Architect Lecturer)

McNally Morris Architects, in association with Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, have used a Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to investigate the relationship between autism and the built environment. The joint research project, building upon ongoing research at QUB, has resulted in the publication of ‘Aldo goes to Primary School’, a book that highlights some of the challenges that a child with autism may encounter in primary school. Launched to coincide with the start of Autism Awareness Month in April, the book illustrates some of the ways in which the built environment is relevant to the everyday experience of the primary school pupil with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and aims to promote a better understanding of an issue that is increasingly important in our society.

The book has been printed and will be distributed free of charge to schools across Northern Ireland.  A PDF copy of the book is also available to download from

To find out more information, please click here.

Seminar with Dr Gehan Selim on Spatial Practices of Revolt: Square-state relations during the Arab Spring protests

March 20th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Mar 6, 2014

CAIRO ANTI-GOVERNMENT DEMONSTRATIONDr Gehan Selim was the guest speaker at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia at the university of Tokyo. She delivered a seminar on ‘Spatial Practices of Revolt: Square-state relations during the Arab Spring protests’. Dr Selim shared her insights on how people gathering in public squares conceptualized their spatial actions of revolt, the manner and tactics that allowed them to occupy the space. She drew on the ways that spatial practices of protests constituted not only rational attempts and practices to bring about societal changes, such as the realization of democracy, but also processes constructing specific social spaces for political contentions, through which actors’ worldviews were both formed, expressed and spatialised during the first 18 days of the Egyptian uprising in 2011. The debate raised several discussions by the audience about the future formation of public spaces and private public relations, gender interaction and the current situation and management of public squares by the state.

To view the Seminar web page in Japanese, click here

For more information on the ‘Spaces of Liberation’ project, click here

Queen’s architecture students turn abandoned mill into flourishing urban farm

March 18th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Queen’s architecture students have been working alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford over the last 12 months to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.


The aim of the project was to determine whether the system could be implemented and successfully operated into an ex-industrial building. The design consists of twelve fish tanks in the upper floor of the mill, adjacent to window growing systems and experimental filtration systems. Additional growing systems are housed within a large polytunnel, located on the rooftop. The system is capable of producing 500 crops and 10kg fish per week, resulting in a very short return on investment.

To find out more,  click here.


Architects Journal- Three Reasons to Visit Belfast

March 12th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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Exhibition: Traces of Peter Rice

March 8th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s
28 February – 28 March 2014
Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT7 1NN
Tuesday–Sunday 11am–4pm


The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, The Naughton Gallery and Arup have joined forces to celebrate the life and work of Queen’s graduate Peter Rice. Rice is widely regarded as Ireland’s most distinguished structural engineer of the late 20th century.

Admission is free.

Further information on the ‘Traces of Peter Rice’ is available online at

Polyark returns. From Lima to Belfast to Rome and back

November 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

A group of Queen’s University Belfast year out students, led by Dr Agustina Martire, visited Rome during four days in the last week of October to participate in the much anticipated event Polyark III – Polyport.

Polyport is a collaborative project between 15 schools of architecture organised by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) to bring back the spirit of Cedric Price’s Polyark. Price was convinced that architectural education needed to change, for which he published his National Plan for UK architecture schools in 1966. Five years later Price inaugurated the Polyark project, a double decker bus that travelled through the UK bringing students of architecture to work with each other in different parts of the country.


The project was brought back by RIBA in 2009 and included a series of schools of architecture in the UK that exchanged briefs relating to railway networks, to work creatively in each other’s sites. Polyark continues, and in 2012 Queen’s University Belfast was invited to join an international group of schools of architecture, including ten schools in the UK and five international schools from Peru, Romania, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Singapore. The aim of this project was to challenge the way architecture is taught in universities and propose new ways of dealing with the education of architectural design. This time the theme was harbour regeneration, one that is topical but extremely diverse in each context and design strategy. Each school addressed the brief of another school and site, approaching the project with a fresh but informed perspective. Read More…

Creativity with Purpose – Studying Architecture at Queen’s

November 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

This short film is the first of three responding to the call to Queen’s Architecture students and graduates in the summer of 2013. This film by Jonathan Boyd explores student’s attitudes to taking the undergraduate architecture programme at Queen’s University.


CPM Part-time student – Neal Lynch: CIOB Gold Medal Winner 2013

November 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Neal Lynch, one of our current part-time MSc CPM students from Farrans (Graduating in December 2013) was awarded the Gold Medal in the Chartered Institute of Building – Construction Manager of the Year Award 2013, at a ceremony in the Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, last Thursday (31 Oct). 
Neal won this prestigious award for the Rosie Hospital Perinatal Unit (Cambridge) in the ‘New Build & Refurbishment £10M-£19M’ category.
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 Full details can be found on the link below:

New Book- “Portrush: Architecture for the North Irish Coast”

October 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Dr. M. Gamal Abdelmonem, Stage 3 Studio Coordinator, publishes a new book: “Portrush: Architecture for the North Irish Coast” (Ulster Tatler, 2013), which offers a journey to explore histories, traditions, festivities and the architecture of the Irish Town, Portrush, as part of the North Coast landscape. The book is illustrative of the research and design of Stage 3 Studio at Queen’s University Architecture, which spent a full semester working in Portrush.

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The book, edited by M. Gamal Abdelmonem, features a Forward by Professor Michael McGarry (Head of Design); contributions by Steve Larkin, Jane Larmour, Cian Deegan, Tarla MacGabhann and Keith McAllister (Stage 3 Coordinator).  It also features quality pieces of theoretical encounters and design proposals from more than 30 BSc graduates.

A copy of the book is on display at SPACE Reception. The book is available now at BlackWell’s Bookshop @ Queen’s Student Union; or by contacting:

Queen’s Scholarship Awarded to Architecture Student Sam Mathers

October 10th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Lucky….one of our Queen’s Scholars – Sam Mathers has just started Queen’s Architecture – and is very happy to be awarded one of the ten 2013 Queen’s Scholarships – all tuition fees paid by Queen’s for his three years. It’s not quite Christmas yet – but it probably feels like it to him and his parents. (Photograph by AJ). Information on QUB scholarships is available here.