Building the future — architecture yearbook showcases student work

11 Dec 2012 11:45:12.047

An imposing shipbreaker’s yard, a colourful, futuristic playground and a functional yet beautiful abbatoir are among the work featured in The University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment Yearbook 2012.

Focussing on the work of final year undergraduate and postgraduate students, the Yearbook celebrates their outstanding designs and achievements. As well as stunning images of building designs and concepts, the book features award winners from prestigious international competitions. It also includes detail and images from a charity project in which architecture students funded, designed and then built a school in rural South Africa.

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The Yearbook is produced annually, but this year’s is the biggest so far with more than 400 pages. It has been designed by final year student Nicholas Haynes, with support from undergraduate student Alexander Chapman. It features some 180 student projects, from 33 different studio units, across six years of architectural education.

Dr Philip Oldfield, lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, said: “This book celebrates the outstanding achievements of our students — the design flair, imagination, creativity and technical understanding their work demonstrates.

“It captures 180 projects created by students across all years, from those who have only studied the field for a matter of months, to those who have done so for several years and are now about to embark on a professional career in the industry. It presents a stunning and challenging array of design ideas, demonstrating the varied ways in which creative flair, insightful thinking and technical understanding can produce fantastic architecture.

“This is the work of our future architects. Their creativity and dedication will shape the built environment for years to come.”

The Department of Architecture and Built Environment Yearbook 2012 will be launched at the department’s Christmas party on Friday 14 December. It will be attended by students, staff and representatives from RIBA East Midlands and the Nottingham and Derby Society of Architects (NDSA). For more information on the book or the event email Dr Philip Oldfield.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is also the most popular university in the UK by 2012 application numbers, and ‘the world’s greenest university’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2011, for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fund-raising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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