Teaching at Willowfield Secondary School This November, I was volunteered to work as a Design and Technology (support) teacher at Willowfield Secondary School (winner of the Artsmark Silver Award) for the Open Up programme. The students I worked with were in year 10 and they were preparing for their crucial GCSE and BTEC exams for the next academic year.
As part of their BTEC assessment, their task was to design a temporary classroom for their school. As a support teacher, my role was to teach and inspire the students to generate creative but sustainable driven ideas and then transform these ideas into working 3D scaled models.
This was a rewarding challenge as I was able to work with different students with different working and concentration abilities. Teaching them how to create ideas with driven concepts was the easy part but teaching them how to transform their flat 2D sketches into 3D working models proved to be difficult.
I win "Best Education Volunteer of the Year" To mark the end of the Open Up programme, an award ceremony was held at the stunning newly refurbished German Gymnasium in King Cross. This award ceremony celebrated the winning students across London from 26 different schools. The Open Up competition asked students to produce drawings and models of their vision for a temporary school building, applying the knowledge they had acquired from the site visits, workshops and discussions with architects, engineers and architect students.
Founding Director of Open House, Victoria Thornton said: ‘This is the sixth year we have run our Open Up programme which sees year on year in a rise in the number of schools who wish to participate. At a time when the design of schools across the country is at the forefront of the government’s agenda Open House is pleased to offer ways to educate young people in the language of architecture and the built environment in order to enable them to become informed clients should their school become involved in the BSF programme.’
This year I am proud to announce that Willowfield Secondary School, the school which I taught was awarded for Best Class Response. This award was awarded to the school which demonstrated a high level of detail, a good awareness of the sustainability and understanding in construction methods.
But above all, I was awarded Best Education Volunteer of the Year against twelve Part 1 and Part 2 students. This award was awarded to the best architect student that showed good teaching skills, leadership skills and true involvement with the programme.
My First Month at Alan Camp Architects I have been working at Alan Camp Architects for just over a month now, and I must say, I am really enjoying myself. Everyone in the practice are so friendly and are always willing to help. Currently, I am working on a large residential scheme in southeast London which is preparing for the construction stage. I have been working on a lot of revision on construction details. The building itself is a timber frame building with brick facade elevation on the ground level and timber cladding on the upper-floor levels. The advantage of working in a small-medium size practice is that you are always exposed to what is going on. I am surprised by how much knowledge a person can pick up by just sitting down in a meeting or even overhearing a phone conversation.
10 Most Creative Resumes My Pocket CV design has been announced as one of the ten most creative resumes on savedelete.com; attracting more than million visitors. The concept of my CV was to create a mini portfolio, clearly illustrating my work whilst it being light and easy to carry about.
As I am training to become an architect, my aim was to create a resume that expressed the idea of construction and art. I did this by using a ‘bolt and wash’ fixing to construct the CV together. This fixing expresses the idea of construction whilst the pages express the idea of art.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank savedelete.com for choosing my Pocket CV as one of the 10 most creative resumes.
Dissertation Completed! My dissertation - 'DESIGN TO HEAL: Pioneering health schemes that initiated the relationship between architecture and health' is finally completed.
The dissertation explores ' Architecture' and its relationship to 'Health' during Britain's inter-war period using two specific case studies: The Pioneer Health Centre designed by Sir Evan Owen Williams, built in 1935; and the Finsbury Health Centre designed by Berthold Lubetkin, built in 1938.
Using prolific resources of first and secondary texts, the dissertation examines two of the quite rare early examples of modernism that were solely influenced by socialist desires, political circumstances and medical reforms; in hope to enact social improvement and human betterment, through 'social' and 'efficiency' engineering. Not only does the dissertation construct a history of these buildings beyond their iconic facades but it also reveals its significance in medical history, and its curent affairs.
Open 2012: University of Westminster, Department of Architecture End of Year Exhibition The department of architecture invites you to OPEN2012, our exhibition of student work.
Preview Thursday 14 June, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition continues daily Friday 15 June to Saturday 30 June 10am - 9pm
Location University of Westminster 35 Marylebone Road London NW1 5LS
Work gets published in the OPEN2O12 Catalogue Open2012 is the annual celebration of student work and of their teachers who make it all possible. The exhibition is of students' work from Department of Architecture, and the catalogue provides a guide and a record of the best achievements of 2011/2012.
Fortunately for me, my work (The LOGISTICS Catalogue) was selected to feature in this year's OPEN2012 Catalogue.
OPEN2012 Chapter: Diploma Studio Eleven Page: 102 Price: £4.99
Work gets featured in the AEC Magazine My work designed for Sefaira Concept gets featured in the Nov/Dec issue of AEC magazine. The AEC Magazine is the number 1 journel for decision makers in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Published bi-monthly, AEC Magazine has a bold agenda that reflects the evolutionary nature of this fast-moving sector with its proliferation of software and hardware technologies and the collaborative working practices that are integral to today's design and engineering workflow
Energy efficiency at Bluewater Shopping Centre There is no surprise that large shopping centres massively consume endless amounts of energy. Artificial lighting along with space heating and cooling are often the primary cause of this.
Bluewater shopping centre based in Kent is a prime example. With their current annual CO2 emissions of 8,000 tonnes and an annual energy bill of £1.4million, Lend Lease (who manages the Bluewater shopping centre) has acknowledged that something needs to be done, and have, ambitiously, embarked in reducing their common energy use by 50 per cent.
In order to achieve this ambitious task, they are collaborating with Sefaira, the company I currently work for, to help lower the centre’s energy consumption and carbon footprint. Sefaira is being used to initially ‘pinpoint’ the inefficiencies and then, using Sefaira software, it will analyse the shopping centre's current carbon footprint by looking at the building's makeup. To find out more please visit the Architects Journal...click here
Photo credit V&A
Building new bridges: my architecture career Since the recession, the construction industry has been a very tough market to find employment. Latest official GDP figures show that construction is now the worst performer of the major UK industries. More discouraging, according to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (Hecsu) survey, architecture students have been hit harder than most. Thus it is no surprise that many architectural graduates with minimum work experience are struggling to secure full-time employment in an architectural practice.
Fortunately for me, I've been lucky enough to secure a job within a well established firm - Aukett Fitzroy Robinson (AJ100 International Practice of Year 2012). This achievement was not easy and I feel the decisions I made whilst unemployed was crucial. For this reason I have chosen to share my experience by writing an article for The Guardian, in the hope of inspiring others to never give up!
The article discusses how I came to realise working in a technology company was pivotal in opening new opportunities and how I managed to secure an internship at a technology engineering firm called Sefaira which consequently expanded my knowledge in sustainable development, regulations and constructions, and which undoubtedly led to my employment at Aukett Fitzroy Robinson. Click here to read the full article.
Open Up with Ahmm, Duggan Morris & Glowacka Rennie
Open Up is a unique programme for secondary schools to experience contemporary architecture first hand. The programme aims to develop young students design skills and set awareness of their own built environment.
This year I was fortunate enough to work alongside three architectural practices. I worked with AHMM with Highshore School at the Monsoon Accessorize HQ (Yellow Building) designed by AHMM, Duggan Morris with Cator Park School at the Friendship House designed by MJP Architects and Glowacka Rennie with John Roan School at the 201 Bishopsgate and the Broadgate Tower designed by SOM.
This was a rewarding experience as I got the chance to not only teach but to inspire the young and hopefully generate the future architects.
Open House London 2009
“It is a simple but powerful concept: in celebration of design excellence, 700 buildings of every conceivable type, shape and size opened their doors to Londoners completely for free. Londoners came together exploring all corners of the Capital, inspired by the power of architecture to transform the quality of our lives”. [ www.openhouse.org.uk ]
I helped run this year ‘Open House London’ event. The occasion was a great success, attracting thousands of people around the world to experience London’s architecture for the weekend. I worked on Kids corner programme where kids and parents came to express their creativity by creating exciting architectural structures and design for an alternative London skyline. This was a wonderful experience as I witnessed young children making striking buildings on how they see the future of their own built environment.
I felt this event was so important and vital because architecture is not a subject taught in school education but yet has a large impact on our daily lives. This event allowed everyone to have the opportunity to articulate their views and concerns on the fast-growing built environment, which can only benefit the London City.
The New Moulin Rouge, Paris 2009 Competition Arquitectum held a competition for a new reinterpretation for the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the most famous cabaret in the world and symbol of what is an important aspect of Parisian life.
We were asked to design a new space incorporating latest technology for a dance school and all its installations. The purpose of this competition was to create a new vision which, in the future, will remain an important symbol, as well as ensuring the continued quality of the show and the performance of the dancers.
Whilst leadings and working with a group of three friends, our proposal was to enhance the street presence by creating a facade of vertical aluminium fins. The facade creates a varied dialogue with its surroundings. When closed it stands as a mysterious volume; when the fins open it expresses the life going on inside. At ground floor visitors enter through the ‘EYELID’, a grand and red patterned perforated metal shutter that slides up, extending the street into the building. These sliding shutters are located throughout the building, opening and closing various spaces. The ground floor space is a multiple height space allowing for informal performances and exhibitions to take place. The design addresses the fragment chaotic spirit of Moulin Rouge by knitting together spaces with a sense of cohesiveness. Each space has the essence of a stage, and each visitor a performer.
Sustainability Intern at Sefaira Engineering Architects are challenged to design beautiful and refined buildings, while also meeting ambitious performance goals and tight budgets.
They cannot effectively explore sustainable design options with current software, and the use of “rules of thumb” do not allow architects to uncover the best combination of energy efficient design strategies. When energy analysis happens only after major design choices have been made, the options are fewer and the costs of change are higher.
The results are lost opportunities for sustainability, energy efficiency and lower operational cost, and ultimately a compromised building design.
The solution is to change the way that buildings are designed - to make sustainability analysis a seamless, integral part of the conceptual design process. This allows architects to explore their sustainability options earlier, and select those that most effectively complement architectural goals...and this is where Sefaira steps in.
Sefaira Concept enables architects and project teams to create better performing buildings with a powerful web-based sustainability analysis platform. It performs whole-building analysis of energy, water, carbon, and renewable energy potential, while an intuitive interface allows for fast, iterative exploration of design options.
Sefaira allows you to combine creativity and analytic insight to design buildings that are both elegant and highly sustainable.
As I aspire to be a sustainable-driven architect, I could not resist the opportunity to work on a promising project with a passionate multidisciplinary team made up of architects, building engineers, building physicist and software developers. Not only would I gain professional growth in my sector, but will also gain new invaluable knowledge of sustainable regulations, methodologies and constructions. Bearing in mind that, in 2016, all residential homes will have to be designed to be zero carbon in order to gain planning permission will hopefully put me in the forefront of things.
Architecture Football League The Architectural Football League was set up by Oliver Bawden of de Metz Forbes Knight architects after his team won a number of friendlies against other practices but were unable to loudly proclaim to their superiors that they were closing in on a league trophy. So far the league has been a great success, with 12 teams signed up and more expected in the future. In addition, next year BD will be sponsoring the league and will be posting match reports and highlights.
The 12 teams that participated in this year league were: Stanton Williams, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, De Metz Forbes Knight, Karacusevic Carson, Foster & Partners 123, Foster & Partners 456, KPF, AHMM, Grimshaw, Heatherwick, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and the practice I currently work for Aukett Fitzroy Robinson. Unfortanetly for us, we did not do as well as we had hoped; finishing third place from bottom. Nevertheless, with the new 'signings' (employees) and our strong peformance towards the end of the season, we look forward to next year with genuine belief that we could be strong contenders.
Maggie's Cultural Crawl 2014 I will be participating with my enthusiastic colleagues from Aukett Swanke in the Maggie’s Cultural Crawl 2014 and fundraising all we can for the Maggie's Centres so vital for the support of cancer patients and their families. Many of us or our families and friends have been affected by cancer and we hope you'll all agree that this is a most worthy cause. The 15 mile night walk or ‘cultural crawl’ takes place on Friday 19th September evening and takes in some of London’s best architectural landmarks in conjunction with Open House. We hope to raise at least £2,300 between the 9 of us.
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