2013/2014 1st year MArch Final Building Schemes for Millbay

Following up the urban strategies proposed from last term, 1st year MArch students continue developed building design scheme for Millbay. A wide range of building design has been proposed which supplemented by design and technical strategies booklets. Final presentation board has deliberates the core idea of each project, also physical models to enhance user experience in the building.

Easter Year 2 Technical Review

Technical reviews on the final day of Spring term gave us our last opportunity for formal feedback with our own studio tutors and other staff from the department: Bob Brown (The Head of Architecture), Dan Atkins on Technical strategy and Architectonics and one of two visiting structural engineers, Jonathan and Martin.

Everyone’s project has progressed tremendously since schematic reviews and it’s interesting to see the diversity and range of projects and intentions across the 4 Ha masterplan site. Detailed drawings are emerging now and it was also helpful to discuss various presentation techniques and strategies for communicating the essence (and complexity) of our schemes.

Each project is at slightly different stages but it’s great to see that people are still making models after our first 4 weeks of enforced model making – they’re getting better too! It’s also great to see various material and detailed, 1:1 and other small scale investigations emerging.

Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable Easter and we will try and update you with the studio activities as we work our socks off for the next 4 or so weeks. Good luck to everyone with lots of hard work ahead of us up to the final submission on May 29th!



And a few models and material studies to share with you:


1st Year Interim Review_26/3/2014

Today is 1st year’s technical interim review. It is a review on the preliminary design , construction and technical strategies including the wider context and development for each projects. With the diversity of design projects we have, there are some quite interesting discussions along the day with the lecturers.

It is an intense as well as compact interim in the small room.

Awaiting for the final review!

ERASMUS exchange student’s success

Congratulations to Olga Krolak, ERASMUS exchange student, who spent almost a whole academic year with us a year ago (project in Ursus, Warsaw) received a 2nd prize for the best Diploma Project from TUP (Polish Urban Planners Association).

“I wanted to commend and thank you again, because it’s largely your merit” (translated from Polish), said Olga.


Year 2 Interim Review 28/02/2014

We pinned up, we spoke, we reviewed.

After a lecture from Peter Moseley (Buro Happold) covering rain water harvesting, 2nd years had the opportunity to speak to tutors from various disciplines covering – site and context, environmental design, structure, technology and the translation of concepts and ideas into a building form.

We were faced with the task of translating schematic design into individual building components. Although still in sketch form, pushing ourselves towards a considered building design at this stage gives us a chance to reflect and review with a couple of months left until our final deadline. There’s some great work emerging, let’s keep pushing!