Cultures: Critical Voices.

BA Interior Architecture first year students delivered some fantastic group presentations today as part of their Cultures module.

The Level 4 Cultures module introduces students to the contested multiple critical voices of the discipline of interior architecture. It focuses on personal development, communication skills and techniques whilst helping students develop their own individual critical voice by understanding and reflecting on diverse approaches that inform interior architecture.

Students learn ‘how’ to research explore a topic in depth by working in the library and first working as part of a team. Later on they will be exploring creative modes of presentation, learning vital communication skills, how to be critical and also, how to take criticism on board, building on feedback both from tutors but also from each other

In order to get to grips with different ideas and opinions students gave 10 minute presentations in small groups, together they presented a single point of view, an argument, or an opinion to their peers and teaching staff. They were asked to choose something that interested them and be creative with how they presented it. They then received feedback on content and delivery, so that they can then learn and move forward for their individual submissions.

Verbal presentations were supported with visual content slide shows, photographs and short film clips on a wide range of topics. From the spaces in Mithras House to the Sofa in popular culture. All the presentations were both thought provoking and humorous – we heard how creative companies such as Google design their office space to drive productivity and how inaccessible public transport still is in many countries. The afternoon ended with students assembling in a specifically designed home space in the studio area – which looks set to become a permanent fixture.