Public Lecture – Virtual Uprisings

April 30th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Virtual Uprising
Speaker : Professor Nezar AlSayyad, the University of California at Berkeley
Venue : Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast
Time : Wednesday 6th May 2015, 2:30 – 4:00pm
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Attendance is free and open to the public.
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Why Study Architecture – The Role of the Architect

April 30th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Why Study Architceture

A 30 minute film commissioned by Angela Brady; Past President of the RIBA, to inform school children thinking about a career in Architecture and what they can expect from a career in Architecture. Well worth the watch for prospective, and current students wanting to know what opportunities a degree in architecture provides.


Mark Hackett receives honourable mention in Helsinki Guggenheim international competition

April 27th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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A worldwide open architecture competition for the proposed Helsinki Guggenheim attracted a record number of entries (1,715) and the organizers have now revealed the six finalists and fifteen other schemes which narrowly missed out on the shortlist. Amongst those to receive an honorable mention is Belfast based architect, and former QUB student Mark Hackett. Mark was assisted by a number of QUB graduates and current students: Alice Nickell, Jason Stead, Nadine Graham, Niall Quinn, Sasha Greig. Congratulations to all involved.

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Image credit; Mark Hackett.

NI Architectural Excellence

April 27th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Five buildings in Northern Ireland have won RIBA architectural excellence awards. Reflecting the growing, national interest, in our local practitioners contribution to the built environment. As a university we are proud supporters of, and contributors towards this burgeoning architectural culture.

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Success in Jeffrey Cook Award

April 1st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Dr. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem has received the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Cook Award for “Best Paper by a Scholar in the Field of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements” for the year 2014. He received the award on his paper: “Cairene Homes of Modernity: The changing architecture of home in the early 20th Century Cairo”.
The Jeffrey Cook Award is a recognition by the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) for the best scholarly paper submitted to the Biennial IASTE Conference and ‘’. He received the recognition in the Award’s Ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on the evening of 15th December 2014.
With over 500 international member scholars, 140 submissions and rigorous anonymous review, the Jeffrey Cook Award is the highest recognition in this field of research.

Further Success for Queen’s Students

March 31st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Congratulations to Holly Dale with her successful application to the QUB Thomas Dixon Scholarship – to help with her travels in Cuba this summer. Further success for our architecture students ….

Alumni Yeats Architecture Commendation

March 31st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Congratulations to Rachel Delargy; a former student of Queen’s University Belfast, who has been Highly Commended in the Yeats 2015 Architecture Competition. A competition that received international interest.

The competition invited conceptual interpretations of WB Yeats famous poem ‘The Lake isle of Innisfree’, for the design of a contemplative space on the Isle of Innisfree. Rachael’s entry reflect[s] the musical, almost hypnotic, quality of the poem. The hexameter structure of the first three lines along with the tetrameter form of the final line of each stanza produce a sound akin to a chant. Subtle aspects of construction communicate the form of the verse. Within the space, the ABAB rhyme is suggested by a slight recessing of alternate infill panels, while outside the installation of these panels reveals a proportional system derived from the metre of the poem. 

See Rachael’s competition entry.

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

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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.