A new year begins.

It’s a week like no other, lots of new staff and students to meet, a wide array of studios pitching for your vote and when the hard work that takes place over the summer sprucing up the studios comes to fruition. By Friday it feels more like five weeks have passed rather than a mere five days. But taking stock, that’s not really surprising given all that’s going on.

We listened to tutors from BA Architecture tell us why students from Level 5 and 6 should chose their studio, varied places they would get to go to on study trips and site visits both here and abroad. Nine eclectic studios all providing fantastic and varied opportunities to explore sustainability issues and circular economies, architecture and film, the politics of housing, utopia, the concepts of pleasure and resistance and architecture to mention but a few.

Meanwhile post-graduate students were making their studio choices too. With an exciting change; this year Studio M1 will be led by Professor Charles Holland for the first time. Studio M1 will focus on the subject of Utopia. Specifically, by researching and proposing new rural settlements and asking how these can recapture a sense of futurism and optimism as well as form a critical relationship with a history of previous utopian experiments. The proposals will take as their starting point the current housing crisis and will focus on a specific region between Brighton and London. However the ambitions of the studio will be international and wide-ranging in scope and relate to a wider research strand within the school to do with housing, rurality and modernity.

At the start of each academic year students and staff consider what the new year may hold so we thought it was a good time to share the musings of one of our most experienced tutors, Tony Roberts here on the blog.

“Generally education of an architect goes something like this; during your first year of studies, you could effectively see yourselves as novices both a scary and exciting time for sure – you learn new skills and begin to explore how architecture can happen. The second year can be seen as your amateur year: you can play, with that come acts of joy as well as responsibilities – a great year. The following years third year and beyond you will be asked to make more professional moves, still with a sense of rigor and playfulness.

 

Lots to enjoy.