2018 Architectural Drawing Summer School

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Bushra Mohamed of Kingston University introduces students to the drawings archives at Drawing Matter in Somerset, as part of our 2017 summer school. 

A-level teachers are invited to nominate students for our second architectural drawing summer school, to be held in Somerset from 25-30 August 2018.

The inaugural school in 2017 – covered in this short film –  was widely praised by students as providing valuable insight into architecture as a university subject. This year we are expanding the programme, making it available to more students in Year 1 or 2 of their A-levels.

The summer school is organised in association with Drawing Matter, Hauser and Wirth Somerset, Kingston University, Queen’s University Belfast, Reading University and Bruton School for Girls. Expert tuition will be led by Andrew Clancy, Professor of Architecture at Kingston University and an award-winning architect, with a team of tutors and experts from each of the universities.

We are looking for intelligent and communicative young people with a keen interest in the visual environment, an inquisitive attitude and a positive approach to learning. Our intention is to give them an opportunity, at what could be a pivotal point in their intellectual development, to gain an understanding from professionals about the built world around them.

The opportunity may particularly suit young people who are thinking about a career in architecture or the built environment, or who have shown aptitude in those directions, but that is by no means a requirement: we expect the skills learnt at the summer school to be fully transferable.

Successful applicants will receive bed and board in the facilities of Bruton School for Girls and will work in the town of Bruton, liaising intensively with educational facilities and staff in the Hauser and Wirth Gallery. During the week students will be exposed to conversations and exercises set by many of the leading thinkers in architectural education today.

If you would like to nominate a pupil from your school, please email architecturesummerschool@gmail.com by 5pm on 14 May 2018 (The subject line to be ‘Application 2018 / Student’s Name / School Name’).

Please include:

• a PDF attachment with a brief (200 words maximum) statement from the pupil saying why he or she would like to attend the summer school.

• 4-8 images in PDF or JPEG format of some of the student’s work – this can be in the form of sketches, drawings, models, paintings etc.

There is likely to be considerable competition for the thirty places available, so this supporting material will be a key part of the selection process.

Offers of places will be made to nominators by 31 May 2018 and will be conditional on parental consent. Nominators of pupils attending the summer school will be invited to a concluding exhibition and lunch at Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, on 30 August.

If you have any questions, please email Professor Clancy at a.clancy@kingston.ac.uk and he will be happy to help.

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2017 Architectural Drawing Summer School: call for students

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The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust is running an architectural drawing summer school in Somerset from 26 August to 2 September 2017.

We are delighted that our academic partners for this event will be Kingston University (http://fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/), winners of the 2017 Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence. Expert tuition will be led by Andrew Clancy, Professor of Architecture at Kingston, and will be based largely at the Drawing Matter Trust near Bruton (www.drawingmatter.org), which will provide special access to its unique and extensive archive of architectural drawings.

We are keen to make this opportunity available as widely as possible and would like to hear from students between their first and second year of A Levels this coming summer who wish to be considered for a place. There is no charge to students and board and lodging will be provided free at Wells Cathedral School.

Our intention is to provide an opportunity to gain insights from professionals about how we see, how we record what we see and how we use what we see when we make things. The opportunity may particularly suit young people who are thinking about a career in architecture or the built environment, or who have shown aptitude in those directions, but that is not a requirement: we expect the skills learnt at the summer school to be fully transferable.

If you would like to be considered for a place, please email or dropbox Robert Bargery, Executive Director of the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, at director@rfact.uk by 5pm on Thursday 11 May 2017. Please include:

  • a brief (200 words maximum) statement saying why you would like to attend
  • a scanned sample of your work, in the form either of written work (up to 1000 words) or artwork. Work does not need to have been done for this purpose or be related to architecture, but should help demonstrate your suitability for the summer school.

Please note that there will be competition for the fifteen places available, so this supporting material will be a key part of the selection process.

Offers of places will be made on 19 May 2017 and will be conditional on parental consent where necessary. Students attending the summer school will be invited to a concluding exhibition and lunch at the Hauser & Wirth contemporary arts centre, Bruton, on 2 September.

Questions and further information: Robert Bargery, director@rfact.uk

Ideas Competition / Turn your Small Change into Big Money

 

FIRST PRIZE : £4,000

See our competition PDF for full details: small-change-ideas-competition

WE’RE USED TO THINKING BIG, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SMALL CHANGES THAT COULD HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE WAY WE LIVE?

We’re looking for simple practical design changes in any of the three fields of urban design, architecture and highways/traffic management that would measurably improve quality of life. What small interventions could relatively easily be adopted and have a beneficial effect on daily life?

Entries will be assessed by our world-class panel of intellectuals and design practitioners who straddle the two cultures of art and science.

Deadline for entries: 5pm on Friday 10 March 2017 (extended deadline). It is free to enter.