This summer course explores new ways of thinking and advanced technologies that are being used by professional architects today.
The course will introduce you to contemporary approaches to design, with ingenious projects that will develop your awareness of how designers are shaping the modern world we live in.
During this course you will:
- investigate current building projects in the UK and around the world
- learn the various stages of design development that professionals must go through
- go on excursions to see local projects in progress, as well as talks from guest speakers about their work
- experience first-hand the new technologies being employed, such as scanning whole buildings and using virtual, augmented reality software, and how these tools are being used by design, restoration and heritage professionals.
In addition to lectures you will be set projects that you will work on in groups, presenting your ideas in 2D as well as simple 3D models - to give you a taste of what it’s like to work in industry.
What will you gain?
This will be an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the built environment and create new work for your portfolio.
Level: Open to all
Entry requirement: You should have an enthusiasm for architecture and an interest in developing your creative and technical skills.
Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment on the City Campus.
You will find open-plan studios and well-equipped workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Matthew Turner is an architect who founded his own company, Squid Architects, to focus on domestic projects for clients who share the same ethos about creating inspiring spaces to live and work, whilst lowering carbon footprint.
He studied architecture at London South Bank University and completed his Masters at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, which specialises in environmental science and sustainable, community-led architecture.
Matt has also worked for a number of architectural practices in Nottingham, including home extensions, office fit-outs, commercial buildings, distribution centres, and energy from waste centres.
He is also a teacher at Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University.
Mark Beeston is a senior technician in the model making workshop at Nottingham Trent University.
He has over 20 years of experience within the creative industries as an independent designer, artist, maker and facilitator in areas such as sculpture, furniture, product research and development, theatre, film and outdoor play.
Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Information on booking accommodation can be provided once your place on the course is confirmed.
Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award?
This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
One week of quality tuition with experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 15
1 week (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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