Modern Schools in Belfast Talk- The Work of RS Wilshere (free entry)

October 22nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Free public lecture tomorrow at 6pm Ulster Museum – no ticket required “….Overseeing the design and construction of 26 new schools, Wilshere was recognised in his time as having designed the first modern schools anywhere in Ireland.”

Dr Paul Larmour is giving the Arts Council / British Council Festival lecture tomorrow – architects often forget the innovation of the earlier part of the 20th century – which can inform discussion and design of today.

It is free, no ticket required – just walk in….


21 Things You Won’t Learn in Architecture School- Adrian Dobson

October 21st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Monday 27th October 2014
6pm- 7:15pm
LG024 David Keir Building
Open public lecture and discussion


RIBA and Queen’s University Belfast

Available from the RSUA bookshop and

Adrian Dobson: “In architecture it is a long road to success, but what does success look like.  Career development routes in architecture are notoriously ill defined, but there are many routes to a career in architecture which is rewarding personally and professionally, and profitable as well!  You may or may not be the next Starchitect, but there is surely a place for you in the architectural firmament if you can demonstrate your unique proposition and communicate it to the myriad audiences which impact upon the realisation of architecture”


Second place for Queen’s Architecture Graduates

October 16th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Congratulations to Architecture at Queen’s graduates Matthew Kernan and Jonathan Connerney for being placed second in the competition for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, beating off competition from 6 other Architecture schools and with Shelly Mcnamara as one of the judges.

BLOG PHOTOFor more information about the competition, please click here.


Creative Abrasion – Sophie Le-Bourva, Annual Peter Rice at Queen’s Lecture

October 14th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

A date for the diary – 6pm, Wednesday 5th November

Sophie Le-Bourva

Sophie Le-Bourva has an international reputation as an innovating design engineer identifying design opportunities and synergies between and across disciplines. Her portfolio includes the Millennium Bridge in London, collaborations with Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Shigeru Ban, OMA, and Future Systems. This is the first of a series of lectures from leading international design practitioners in the built environment and builds on the legacy of Peter Rice, the design engineer of some of the most significant structures in the latter half of the twentieth century. The School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, invites all to this, the first of a series of annual lectures that will be of interest to engineers, architects, and all interested in the potential of design to improve the built environment and enhance and support human experience.

Vote for Queen’s Architecture Graduates- Shortlisted for Young Architects Studio Competition

October 8th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Architecture graduates John Murray, Darren Ward and Martin Delaney have been shortlisted for the Young Architects studio competition, run by the AIA Pittsburgh, and are also up for the people’s choice award. To find out more about the competition and to vote, please click here.



The Politics of Dissidence in Middle Eastern Urban Space

September 5th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Dr Gehan Selim, Spaces of Liberation’s Lead Researcher, organised and chaired a special panel at the World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.  The panel was fully sponsored by the International Association of Middle Eastern Studies (IAMES) based in Calgary, Canada.



“The Means and Ends of the Grounds for Rebellion”, Prof Aysegul Baykan – Yildiz Technical University, Turkey

“Displacement of Power: The reproduction of public space in post-2011 Arab City”, Dr Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem (Project Leader) – Queen’s University Belfast, UK

 “Visualizing Spatial (In) Justice in Middle Eastern Cities”, Dr Ipek Türeli, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Canada

“Participants and conscripts in Egypt’s urban spaces”, Mr Mohamed Elshahed – New York University, USA

For further information visit:

James Grieve (QUB MArch) third place in 3D Reid competition

August 6th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Congratulations to James Grieve on his success in the 3D Reid competition with ‘(Re)form- a prison for the city, Belfast’. For more information on the competition and  winning entries, click here.

James Grieve Queens University Belfast





First year at Queen’s Architecture: Sam Mathers

June 13th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Each year Queen’s awards first year students with scholarships for academic achievement and contributing to society and the community. Sam Mathers talks about his experiences of his first year in Architecture in Queen’s. Click on the image below to watch the video.


Architecture at Queen’s ranked 5th in UK

June 6th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Architecture at Queen’s university ranked 5th in Guardian university guide 2015- out of 43 UK universities

Queen's 5th

“Lines Drawn” To Wales and Back: ASN Conference 2014

May 29th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

By: Eve Russell (Stage 3 Architecture Student, QUB)

Students who attended lines drawn conference

Students who attended the Lines Drawn conference, during a walk through the CAT site. Photo by: Matthew Murnin (2014) 

The recent ASN (Architecture Students Network) conference took place in Wales, at CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology) in Machynlleth, Wales. The title for the discussion led by students was “Lines Drawn” a conference to debate the future of architectural education. The conference was attended by students from throughout the UK and Ireland ranging from undergraduate level right through to Part 3. The event was attended by Pamela Cole, Head of Portsmouth School of Architecture and former chair of Professional Studies Advisors in Architecture (APSAA); Oliver Wainwright, Architecture Correspondent, The Guardian; and Will Hunter, Executive Editor of the Architectural Review and Director of London School of Architecture. ​

The venue hosting the conference was unusual for many of us coming from larger UK cities; however, it opened our eyes to sustainability and the methods that can be used to utilize passive energy. It was a fitting location for a conference exploring and questioning the mainstream routes of education.

Students, deep in discussion at the reservoir.

Students, deep in discussion at the reservoir. Photo by: Matthew Murnin (2014)

Three stage 3 students from QUB received funding to represent Queen’s University and attend the conference in March, Aaron Farrell, Matthew Murnin and myself, Eve Russell. The debates were heated, passionate and lengthy and were a great opportunity for students from throughout the UK and Ireland to discuss their experiences of architectural education. We discussed the role of an architect, both in the past and the future; the importance of practice within architectural training and the structure of architectural education.

A timber construction project by students of CAT.

A timber construction project by students of CAT. Photo by: Matthew Murnin (2014)

This event was liberating for us as students, being able to freely discuss our education and its relevance to an architect’s role in society. From listening to students from other UK and Irish schools, we soon realized how well rounded an education we have been receiving at Queen’s. There are always improvements to be made, of course, but we came away in the knowledge that on the whole, architects have the ability to find a role within a changing society.

WISE (Wales Institute for Sustainable Education) building.WISE (Wales Institute for Sustainable Education) building. Photo by: Matthew Murnin (2014)

Wind Turbine at CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology).

Wind Turbine at CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology). Photo by: Eve Russell (2014)