Which A levels should I take to study architecture?

August 19th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


Know of anyone thinking of studying architecture – not much info out there about A level combinations – above is a sample of those who have successfully passed Year One of Architecture at Queen’s University 2014 / 2015 – at the first attempt. It’s not necessarily the “art / maths / physics” of old…

Great result for QUB BSc graduates

July 10th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Congratulations to QUB BSc graduates Jonathan, Matthew, and Brett. All students are currently working at top practices in London; including Fosters, and were awarded and honourable mention in the international matterbetter competition. Participants were asked to redefine a contemporary lighthouse typology and take into consideration advances in technology, development of sustainable systems and its metaphorical value which has made it one of the most inspiring structures in the world. Lighthouse design should become a tribute to the Costa Concordia Disaster and highlight the vulnerable borders between the elements of Land and Sea, Sky and Ground, Light and Darkness.Both students have stated they will  bring the skills, and experiences, gained during their year out back to Queens University in September as the commence the recently re-formatted MArch (Part 2). Staff and external tutors are looking forward to working with them.

See: http://matterbetter.com/blog/article/43

Aqua Alta and MOSE in Venice

July 3rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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In November 2014, a number of Queen’s students helped invigilate the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. During their time here, Venice was submerged by the Aqua Alta; the High Water. Aqua Alta is a natural phenomenon where tidal currents break above the waters edge, flooding the city. From his experience of this event, speaking with local residents, and subsequent research on the city’s measures to reduce the affect of Aqua Alta, Jonathan Connerney produced the following paper.

Image: Photograph of Strata Nuova 2014 by Jonathan Connerney





Through the Looking Glass

June 15th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


Current QUB Part 1 graduates; Laura Haslett and Shannon Berry, have put together a series of art installations connected with the Volunteering Excellency Awards. The installations are placed in a number of locations around the university. Recognising that there is overwhelming amount of students doing positive things in the local community, Through the Looking Glass documents, highlights, and celebrates just a few of these students.

The project will be in place for one day only, coinciding with the Volunteering Excellency Awards on the 15 June 2015.

The Architectural Association of Ireland 2015 Awards

May 25th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

A team from Year 2 Architecture was officially announced this year’s AAI Competition winners.  The Brief and Judging were carried by Thomas O’Brien, who agreed three joint winners across all Schools of Architecture in Ireland. QUB’s winning entry was titled “How do we keep a sense of family.. Does Space matter”, produced by My Forell, Jennifer Whittaker, & Ciara Mitchel. The team received a certificate during the public exhibition of the Awards held in Dublin. Congratulations to all!

Recomposing the City Symposium

May 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


All are welcome to the Recomposing the City, Post Graduate Research Symposium. The research symposium brings together artists, architects, and researchers, focused on exploring the relationship of sound to urban spaces.

18 May 2015
The Graduate School
Queen’s University Belfast

See; http://recomposingthecity.org/pgrsymposium/

Post-Graduate Supervisory Excellence Awards

May 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Dr Sarah Lappin (Architecture) and Dr Gascia Ouzounian (Creative Arts) have been named as winners of the inaugural Post-Graduate Supervisory Excellence Awards.  The award, being given for the first time in 2015 by the new Queen’s Graduate School, is generated by nominations from students being supervised in research.  

See http://www.recomposingthecity.org for more information on Lappin and Ouzounian’s research project and http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/graduateschool/ for more information on the Graduate School.

Dartmoor Arts Project

May 6th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


Dartmoor Arts aims to provide ground-breaking and innovative courses as part of our summer school, taught by practitioners who shape and inform contemporary practice. Spatial Structures is a unique and pioneering course that offers students the chance to work directly in the landscape and build at 1:1, something that is not usually offered as part of architectural training.

Students on this course will work together as a group throughout the week, making group decisions, from concept, to design and construction.

The entire week will be spent working outdoors on site just outside Drewsteignton in a rural location. A lot of physical labour is involved as this is very much a hands on course working with materials directly. On the final day a group critique will be held to discuss and review the project and students will get constructive feedback from Jerry and Henry. Architecture students who participated in 2012 described it as one of the most valuable experiences, one that would help them enormously in their chosen careers.

26 July – 1 August 2015
Cost £495 (*247.50) *Rate with maximum 50% bursary.
Plus materials supplement £60

If you are interested in attending, book online via http://www.dartmoorarts.com/courses/spatial-structures.html

March Reviews Underway

May 6th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


Valerie Mulvin, Irenee Scalbert & Maud Cotter kick off the final MArch reviews at Architecture at Queen’s Belfast.

We are back

May 6th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Alan Jones

We are back – looking forward to two days of discussion – the final MArch design reviews of 2014-15 – south Dining Hall, next to the Whitla Hall. Wednesday & Thursday – everyone is welcome…

Image: Alan Jones