Key facts: • Formed in 1908 with courses recognised by the RIBA since 1923 • The only RIBA accredited School of Architecture in the West Midlands and one that mirrors the diversity of the region • We have RIBA exempt courses in Part 1, 2, and 3 • We are one of the few Schools to offer Part Time courses for students in industry • We collaborate with almost 100 practices and construction consultants • Our programmes typically strike a balance of 50% design, 25% conceptual and theoretical, and 25% professional. • This is a boutique School, accepting only 65 students each year to ensure an intimate and bespoke learning environment which is full of character and energy, • Moving to a new state-of-the-art building at Eastside in September 2013
Organisational structure: HEAD OF SCHOOL DEPUTY HEAD OF SCHOOL DIRECTOR OF DIRECTOR OF DIRECTOR OF DIRECTOR OF DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH CULTURAL CONTEXT DESIGN TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ZERO CARBON PROGRAMME LEADER PROGRAMME DIRECTOR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: MA ARCHITECTURE URBAN DESIGN PG LANDSCAPE BA (HONS) LANDSCAPE BA (HONS) M.ARCH ARCHITECTURE PG ARCHITECTURAL ARCHITECTURE ARCHITECTURE ARCHITECTURE (PART 1) (PART 2) PRACTICE (PART 3) & RETROFIT SENIOR LECTURERS LECTURERS
Our new home…. £57 million building adjacent to the new City Park
City Park and Phase 2: City Park / BCU Phase 2 (including library and student services)
New building as a teaching resource (and New Street Station):
So, what is Architecture? “The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings”
Stirling Prize winner 2011: Evelyn Grace Academy, Brixton – Zaha Hadid or is it?
School Philosophy: The School is deﬁned by the relationship between Architecture and Landscapeand ‘Urbanism” in between. Over 50% of the World’s 7 Billion people are urban, by 2050 this will havepassed 80%; the school’s programmes explore innovative approaches to designand intervention in the urbanised ﬁeld which will shape life in the 21st Century. The School a collaborative and pro-active conduit between research andpractice, this is captured by our 8 Research Hubs (which include Zero CarbonDesign and Urban Futures) and our commitment to Live Projects via our Co-Lab modules We address projects via Concerns………
Concern(s): vb 1. to relate to; be of importance or interest to; affect. 2.(usually followed by with or in) to involve or interest (oneself):he concerns himself with…. – n. 3. something that affects or is ofimportance to a person; affair; business. 4. regard for orinterest in a person or a thing. 5. anxiety, worry, or solicitude6. important bearing or relation.
Modus Operandi: contemporary - social, cultural, geographical, political,These concerns are normallyenvironmental, artistic, professional, technological, and always contextual - and ofteninformed by historical precedent. These concerns are incredibly diverse and whether they are centred on the everyday, critical theory,or current affairs, they are real issues, albeit in hypothetical scenarios, but nevertheless, real,inspiring students to face the challenges of the world we live in. We expect students to make responses to the issues they are dealing with and to construct an attitude,a journey of discovery which takes students through identiﬁcation to investigation, to response and proposition.This process is fundamental to our way of thinking.
Staff in Practice: Kevin Singh (the space* studio) / Mike Dring /Alessandro Columbano / Matt Lucas / JimSloan
Research leaders: Lubo Jankovic / Kathryn Moore / Ruth Reed (Immediate Past President of RIBA)
BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH HUBS: POOL 1: ACADEMIC URBAN FUTURES WELLBEING POLITICAL SPACE CULTURAL CONTEXT Dr Maria Caserio /Prof Mohsen Prof Richard Coles Dr Hazem Ziada Oscar Naddermier Prof Aboutorabi
BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH HUBS: POOL 2: PRACTICE ZERO CARBON CRITICAL ARTISTIC PEDAGOGY / EMPLOYABILITY COLLABORATE THINKING IN DESIGN Prof Ruth Reed Alessandro Columbano Dr Lubo Jankovic Prof Kathryn Moore
Working with industry: “Performing the role of visiting critic has beena great experience that has enabled thepractice to develop a strong symbioticrelationship with students at the school,mutually beneﬁting from an exchange ofexperience and fresh thinking. Perhaps thebest endorsement is that students from theschool have been key players in a number ofthe award winning schemes carried out by thepractice.” Phil Howl, Howl Associates
Alumni: Wembley Stadium: Angus Campbell Big House: Pierre D’Avoine W Hotel London: Mike Evans Foster & Partners Pierre D’Avoine Architects Jestico and Whiles
Manufacturers: Seven hours later, we landed at Newark Airport. As we it appeared less cosmopolitan yet a cleaner city. One of ibstock headed towards customs, we looked back to catch a glimpse of New York’s skyline in the distance, behind what was a very dull and cloudy afternoon. It was at this moment that we felt like pinching ourselves to see if this was real and not a dream. the highlights of Chicago was a visit to the John Hancock skyscraper allowed views of the Chicago skyline which included Lake Michigan, the Willis Tower, and a lit-up grid of the City. From the planned itinerary, the buildings I was looking Rather quickly, the trip came to an end, and we all had to forward to seeing were the Rockefeller Centre, the Brooklyn head back to our lives in the UK. Nevertheless, we brought Ibstock and Birmingham School of Architecture Bridge, and the New Museum by Sanaa. I was particularly back with us great memories and, most importantly, drawn to the latter, with its six stacked vertical boxes made inspiration from the many buildings we had visited. Ibstock have for the past 25 years been supporting Schools from aluminium mesh, each offering a different experience. of Architecture by assisting with funding for study trips The reason for this attraction was the fact that I was giving a which provide future architects with an appreciation of how presentation on it, and had also used it as a precedent study buildings have altered over the years. Having an Ibstock for my university projects. As such, it would be interesting representative on the study tour ensures that a relationship interpreting the building in real terms rather than from can be built with individuals who we hope one day will published material. be in a position to specify Ibstock . They have also been supporting the BA (Hons) Architecture students with a brick After arriving at the hotel, we checked in, freshened up laying course. and headed straight to Times Square which was within walking distance from the hotel. From here, we took the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge. The plan was for us to walk the 486.3m of the longest steel suspension bridge in the world while the sun was setting. Unfortunately, and to our dismay, by the time we had arrived at the bridge New York USA Trip was refusing to get dark, which was unusual for that time of day. After walking across the bridge, from lower Manhattan Strong industry relationships allow the School to offer some to Brooklyn, we decided to stop off in a nearby Brooklyn bar students the opportunity to undertake additional studies where we would wait for the dark. After approximately one such as the annual USA trip. Each year Ibstock generously hour in the bar, we headed back out towards the bridge, provide M.Arch Architecture students with bursaries to visit where everything was glowing. At that moment, and as we New York. The trip has been running for over 20 years and witnessed what is perhaps the most beautiful picturesque has become an ‘institution’ within the School and the wider view of the Manhattan skyline, we as a group became very Birmingham architectural community. grateful for such an honourable trip sponsored by Ibstock and organised by Birmingham City University. This year students visited New York and Chicago, one of the The other great moment of our trip to New York City was Stateside the Rockefeller Centre. This offered an uninterrupted panoramic view of the New York skyline, with the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Tower to one side, and break, and with only three days to go, we could not wait for our trip stateside to begin, taking in the Big Apple followed tiring days of solid walking in New York City, we headed to by a visit to the Windy City. Finally, departure day arrived, Chicago for the remaining two nights of our stay Stateside. and on a sunny but cold Saturday morning we arrived at As we arrived in the Windy City, and as we headed out of the subway and started to walk to the hotel, I noticed that, in fact, this city was not so dissimilar to New York, although 24 25
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