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    MArch2 Studio FMP Chris Machin and Emily Southcott Site Midel West Portsmouth The Hard & Dockyard and Strategic Masterplan

    Final Examination in Professional Practice Part 3

    This course provides a combined study of the latest issues regarding legislation, contracts, management and practice within the architecture profession. Through scenario based teaching it aims to develop your outlook and judgement regarding management of architectural practice, the design and procurement of building processes and the operational relationships between the architect, client, contractor and associated bodies. Students are working in practice and bring a wide range of experience to the seminar based teaching, testing their understanding of good practice within the profession alongside others and the theoretical basis of practice, law and contract. International students are able to engage with the course through the block seminars during the year, and bring an external global view to the discussion forums.

    MSc Historic Building Conservation, MA Interior Design, MA Sustainable Design, MA Urban Design

    The MA and MSc programmes give students a chance to specialise in a chosen subject. The programmes are designed to extend knowledge and in-depth skills in fields that they have studied more generally at an undergraduate or equivalent level, it enables them to build on their existing skills and to diversify. Postgraduate study requires a different style of learning it encourages students to be independent critical, reflective and self-motivated. It gives students the opportunity to make choices about their study, to own them. The MAs and MSc draw on the strengths of the already established M.Arch course creating an extensive post-graduate environment.

    These Masters degrees are ideal for recent graduates who want to specialise, as well as for professionals in architecture, environment and planning who wish to re-direct their skills and specialise in twenty-first century challenges. Each specialist subject has approximately 7-10 students, students explore the theory and practice of their discipline within their small groups, they then use this specialist knowledge and work within a larger group in multi-disciplinary teams to test their ideas and theories out. This year students have worked on a live project with the John Pounds Community Centre to re-invent the future of Treadgolds, an ironmongers in Portsea. The students successfully presented their work to the client body.

    The current cohort of students have a wide range of backgrounds, from architecture, interior design, geography, fine art, historic building conservation. The groups are culturally very diverse with students from China, Malaysia, USA and India and from within the UK. Students have engaged with the wider environment of the school, attending PASS lectures and school trips.

    Students studying on the courses have the opportunity to engage with staff research. Research within the school of architecture engages with live projects through the project office, competitions, as well as theoretical and practice-based work. The school has a wide set of connections locally, nationally and internationally, and staff teaching on the courses are engaged with dissemination of their work through papers at conferences, books, exhibitions and performances.

    Belinda Mitchell



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    This course provides opportunities for participants to engage in the current debates about the potential role of urban designers in the generation of sustainable cities.

    The course combines lectures and studio-based activities, culminating in a written or design-led thesis project. Our MA in Urban Design fosters an enquiring spirit, intellectual curiosity, and the development of skills needed to tackle the challenges of designing our contemporary cities. Our students engage in theoretical discussions as well as apply this knowledge to their own design work.

    There are strong links with the M.Arch course through the Architecture and Urbanism studio. The MA Urban Design students worked alongside other postgraduate students on a live project for the creation of a new garden city for approximately 20,000 people. To enhance their understanding of urban design principles and practice, a field trip to Amsterdam was organised.

    Students work involved group and individual work at different scales. This is visible in the students engagement with site analysis, strategic master planning, debates on theories and principles of urban design, and design research.

    Dr Fabiano Lemes

    MA Urban Design

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    Portsmouth is a historic city, and it is probably best known for its historic naval Dockyard. However this year some other important heritage buildings have begun to emerge from the fabric of the city. These have provided our Historic Building Conservation students with firsthand experience of the challenges and opportunities of the reuse of sensitive historic structures in the 21st century. These include Treadgolds, an evocative timecapsule of a 19th-century ironmongers now sadly empty and in disrepair, and the New Theatre Royal, an innovative Victorian theatre which is in the process of restoration and reinvention with a bold contemporary extension by Penoyre and Prasad.

    Beyond Portsmouth, the students have been investigating the acclaimed regeneration of Londons Kings Cross, where a heritage-led approach has created a vibrant new cultural quarter in a previously dismal part of the city, whilst retaining its distinctive industrial character.

    The course is taught alongside other Masters programmes within the School of Architecture in a unique interdisciplinary environment that invites students to explore historic buildings and places in new ways. They are exposed to practices outside of their own field, for example using daylight modelling to analyse historic sites and developing creative design concepts by making artefacts. Students work in multidisciplinary groups to propose design solutions for the sustainable reuse of redundant historic buildings in the city, working with external clients and other stakeholders.

    The course is developing links with the RIBA South conservation group and has the support of a wide range of specialist practices and practitioners. Students benefit from opportunities for placements at prestigious conservation practices where they can work alongside experienced professionals on live projects.

    Dr Karen Fielder


    MSc HBC, top row (left to right): student visit to German Gym, Kings Cross, London; mixing lime plaster at Bursledon Brickworks, Swanwick; Anna Carlos - stained glass and conservation workshop at Salisbury Cathedral

    MSc HBC, middle row (left to right): Anna Carlos - brick kiln, lime plastering panel and materials, Bursledon Brickworks, Swanwick; detail of Cheyney Court, Winchester Cathedral Close

    MSc HBC, bottom row (left to right): Anna Carlos - Granary Building, Granary Square, Kings Cross; Anna Carlos - stained glass workshop, Salisbury Cathedral; blacksmithing at Peter Clutterbucks forge, Southsea

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    The interior design course encourages students to develop a focused area of study, it is a diverse course that fosters creativity and thinking allowing students to question the boundaries of their discipline and practice. This years group have engaged with the idea of the interior through a series of practice based workshops, developing their research through doing, thinking and material investigation. Students have been encouraged through creative practice to play seriously.

    The studio has used the diverse range of cultural and disciplinary references that students bring to their understanding of the representation of interior space, to acknowledge these differences and to use them as material to work and play with. Through practice based means students engage with ways of working that go beyond the visual to engage with their embodied knowledge and the sensory environment, exploring space through material engagement; colour, light, temperature, smell, materials and physical objects.

    Students have developed a diverse range of work exploring interior environments through found domestic materials, the lost colours of the GDR, the urban interior, spaces in the mind, and slow space. Students are encouraged to question the interior realm and the performance of these spaces and how they are made, and represented both through handcrafting and the space of the computer. The programme challenges the notion of what interior design can be.

    Students have also successfully engaged with the project office, working on live projects: an echo house in East Meon; a caf at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, and the redesign of a historic site, Wymmering Manor. This work takes place in conjunction with the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.

    In this years studio students have had contributions from Martin Andrews, Architect/academic, Bryony Whitmarsh, Museum curator/academic, Paul Grover, architect and Kevin Brennan, Interior Designer, Director of Brinkworths.

    Belinda Mitchell


    MA Interior Design Bo Want Wood

    MA Interior Design GemmaGriffiths Gosport Designs

    MA_Interior Design Priyanka Sedani Light and Shadow

    MA_Interior Design Priyanka Sedani Transforming Space

    MA_Interio Design Priyanka Sedani The Arches

    MA Interior Design Charlotte Brisland Locker Installations

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    The MA sustainable architecture course provides graduates with opportunities to engage in the current debates about the potential role of professio