Design and Build: Architectural Structures - Nottingham Trent University

Design and Build: Architectural Structures - Nottingham Trent University


This course is for future architects, designers and makers who are looking for an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on design and build experience.

You’ll learn how to design and build a small timber structure as part of a team and gain practical experience in working with wood.

This course is for anyone who has an interest in design and making, whether you’re interested in architecture, product or furniture design and outdoor structures.

On this course you’ll learn how to plan and construct a simple timber structure and gain the technical skills required to design innovative architecture.

You’ll design a structure from an architectural brief, test your ideas using small scale model-making, and then work together to construct a temporary timber structure at full scale.

During the course you will:

- explore design ideas and processes
- test your design ideas at a 1:20 scale using balsa wood
- learn about the properties of timber
- practice woodworking techniques including fixings, joints and the safe use of hand tools
- work with others to resolve construction issues
- be able to ask specialist technical questions related to your own ideas for future projects.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave the course with the confidence to apply your knowledge to further woodwork and architectural projects.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should have some experience of hand tools and power tools, and have a very basic understanding of maths or geometry.

Where you’ll learn: You will be based in the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment on the City Campus.

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.

Tutor Profiles:

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 worked on a wide variety of projects, 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 has been a technical specialist at Nottingham Trent University for 8 years, working in the fields of architecture, modelmaking, product & furniture design, civil engineering and research.

Outside his work for NTU, Mark has over 20 years of experience within the UK creative industries as an independent designer, artist, craftsman and facilitator in areas such as sculpture, furniture, product design, theatre, film and outdoor play & learning.

His practical skills and experience range from traditional ‘analogue’ crafts and techniques through to design and fabrication using ‘digital’ processes such as laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC milling.

Need accommodation?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

One week of quality tuition with experienced tutors.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


1 week (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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