The Constructed Floor now available

March 20th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

The Constructed Floor

Queens University Press publication, The Constructed Floor is now available through the RIBA Bookshop. This is the third of a series of publications recording precedent studies of the MArch students. Previous publications include circulation as space in “Stair Rooms”, and the lighting of spaces in “The Elaborated Window”, with this year’s theme of “The Constructed Floor”.

International Design Award for QUB Architecture Students

March 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

International Design Award_01

Queen’s Architecture students team comprising five Year Out Students has recently received the 2nd place award for their entry in the International Design Competition for “Ajman as Event City: A Future Vision”. In winning this prize, our team beat a team from Harvard Graduate School of Design in a five-teams shortlisted institutions. Queen’s Team is formed from  James Foskett (Coordinator), Joanne Marshall, George Mathers, Amy Meddings, and Mark Thompson. The team is led by Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem.

The team has exhibited their entry and received their Award from His Highness Sheikh Humaid Rashed Al-Nauimi, the Ruler of Ajman at the 7th International Ajman Urban Planning Conference and in the attendance of the mayors of Edinburgh, Perth and Bilbao on 2nd March 2015 at Ajman City conventional Centre.

An exhibition of our team entry will take place in Architecture Exhibition @ Queen’s University between 8th April -15th May 2015. 

Shaping a better London, and ideas for Northern Ireland

March 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Mark Brearley

PLACE and QUB ARCSOC present a lecture by Mark Brearley, in the Canada Room of the Lanyon Building, on Wednesday 18 March between 18:00-19:30. Mark is an architect, the Head of Cass Cities and an Associate Professor at London Metropolitan University.

There will be a showing of what can be achieved through a a range of strategies and initiatives, charming some money as well as making do, being persuasive with good ideas, constructively challenging, looking with care, focusing on high streets and sorting out the public realm projects. This could all be of great relevance as Northern Ireland’s new super councils begin to form their regeneration teams.

Register for the event here.

Street Society Public Presentations

March 12th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Street Society Public Presentations will be running from the Skyline Building: 213 Newtownards Road, Belfast, between 14:00 – 17:00. Students will present their weeks work back to their respective clients, the SIB (Strategic Investment Board) and invited local councillors.

All are welcome to join the discussions.

See for more information.

McGonigle McGrath Exhibition at Queen’s

March 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

McGonigle McGrath Exhibition

Last week of the McGonigle McGrath Exhibition at Queen’s – those that have viewed it have been pleased to do so – models, planning drawings and construction drawings – appropriate for students and practice.

The exhibition is located in the David Keir Building, and is in place until Friday afternoon; 13th March 2015.

Image credit: Alan Jones

Street Society is underway

March 9th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Street Society

Street Society 2015 takes place from 9 – 13 March in East Belfast.

Street Society is a week of Architecture live projects: first year undergraduate and master’s Architecture students at Queen’s University Belfast spend a week working with real clients to help them develop an idea or project.

This year Queen’s has partnered with the Urban Villages initiative to introduce a place-based focus to Street Society for the first time. This means that all projects for this year’s edition will be located in and around the same geographic area: the lower section of the Newtownards Road.

See for more information.
Image credit: Nuala Flood

We will be back – the guest consultants for our MArch programme

March 5th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Alan Jones

Each studio group tutoring team has chosen their supporting consultuant – to act as a critical friend to their group, and as one of the external reviewers for 2014-15. Everyone and anyone is invited and encouraged to attend the MArch reviews in the David Keir Building – 18 & 19 March and 6 & 7 May 2015.

Prof Mark Brearley, CASS, LondonProf Jo van den Berghe, St Lucas, Belgium

Prof Kester Rattenbury, Westminster University
Alessandra Cianchetta, AWP Office for Territorial Reconfiguration, Paris.
not pictured but attending Sem 2 2014-15
Hugh Strange, Strange Architects & Kingston University, London.

See: for further images

Professor Peter Salter Visits

February 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


Arcsoc organised the renowned Prof Peter Salter to travel to Architecture at Queens and deliver a public evening lecture – that had standing room only. The best attended ARCSOC lecture for many years – clearly a firm favourite of students and practitioners alike. Students and staff came up from the school of Architecture in Sligo – a five hour round trip – to enjoy the lecture.

See full audio of the lecture below.

See for more images of the lecture

Architectural Education Podcast

February 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

James completed his PhD in QUB on Live Projects in architectural education Sept 2013, under the supervision of Prof Ruth Morrow and Keith McAlister

He recently launched his own fortnightly podcast on Architectural Education. The 3rd episode has now been released and is worth listening if you are a current; or prospective, student of architecture.

In anticipation of the UK’s long awaited RIBA Review of Architectural Education, some familiar questions were posed. Why is architectural education so long? Why does it have such a standardised structure and duration? Is our studio culture supportive or exclusive? Can design crits ever relinquish their combative and abusive reputations? And does the perennial unit system of organising the design studio into a free market of student choice continue to serve students?

Stream online at:
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Follow the podcast on Twitter @ArchEdPodcast /”

Interview with our Prof Greg Keeffe

January 29th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Professor Greg Keeffe was today interviewed by the International Urban Food Network as part of a continuing interview series. Greg shares his insights on the benefits of urban agriculture and its potential implementation by expanding upon the theory of a Hardware-Software Interface.

See for interview proceedings