If you have Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part I accreditation, the MArch is an excellent opportunity to achieve your Master of Architecture, plus RIBA and ARB Part II accreditation. Part III accreditation is also achievable at UWE Bristol.
You can specialise in Sustainable Architecture, Conservation or Urbanism in your second year, to help differentiate your skills and develop a unique portfolio.
Knowle West Cookery School | Cultivating a Community
The face of the culinary arts world has changed. Chefs have become household names and cookery shows are taking television by storm - which has made becoming a chef, a career that was once considered undesirable, one of the fastest growing professions in the country.
This facility will educate local people how to grow fresh produce, teach them how to cook in community kitchens and allow them to make their own labelled food products to sell in the local food chain. It will become the heart of the community, and a place where visitors can both purchase and consume food at different stages along the food production process.
The building distinguishes itself in the field of culinary education by taking advantage of its suburban rural setting, to narrate a story about the process of making a meal from “field to fork”. This institute brings the production of food and our consumption of it - under one roof for the visitor to understand.
Mechanical Engineering and Robotic Laboratory
The proposal for this project is to create a new mechanical engineering and robotics laboratory, that is to be part of the University of Porto. The project is based in Porto, Portugal. The laboratory will include contrasting areas of public and private in its architecture. The public areas will be used to engage and educate people in technology. Whereas the private areas will protect the research projects of the academics, researcher and industry practitioners from copy write.
The school will focus on educating its students and the public into the possibilities of future technologies and encourage the sharing of knowledge. The building is split into three areas. These are the ground floor public areas for exhibition use. Above this are the laboratories, classrooms and computer areas for the student and are semi-private areas. At the back end of the building is the workshops and an atrium connects these spaces.
Centre for Transhuman Transition
In today’s world advancements in technology are increasing at a rapid pace. Ideas first thought unachievable are now becoming part of the every day. So with technological advancements in every aspect of our lives, what happens when technology surpasses the human body. When the artificial goes beyond the limitations of our natural form?
The Centre for Transhuman Transition explores a world where this technological change is real, focused through the study of prosthetics, the centre eviscerates our natural bodies to bond and merges with mechanics. However, before we as humans transcend, we must first question our own morality in the face of evolutionary change.
Would we welcome this change, this chance to upgrade ourselves, to control our own evolution and transcend into something more than human? Something Transhuman.
The scheme is situated at the Eden Project in Cornwall, with its main aim to promote sustainable living through the concept of co-housing. The project acts as an extension to the Eden project attraction, comprising of exhibition learning centre, workshop and functioning co-housing project. The exhibition introduces the importance of sustainable living then continues on a journey to show a functioning co-housing project. This is available to the public to stay and experience the concept with the hope to engage the users to form their own co-housing schemes.
The project also aims to achieve recyclable structures as part of the promotion of sustainable living. For this the chosen materials consist of cardboard and timber, as these can be locally sourced and recycled after use.
Porto Centre for Cultural Exchange
The centre provides a platform for musical learning and collaboration that encourages cross-cultural interaction within the local community. The classes, workshops, skill sharing events and performances aim to enhance an appreciation for the many different ways of making music as well as different ways of living amongst Porto's culturally diverse population.
Encounter Platform - LIVE_WORK_INNOVATE
Encounter Platform seeks to engage the community to embrace sustainable thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship. A platform for new ideas, start-ups and networking to act a catalyst for innovative sustainable solutions through collaboration. As a community led initiative the centre will facilitate co-learning, co-housing and connectedness among entrepreneurs in order to bridge social, environmental and economic boundaries across Knowle West.
As a measure to tackle the objectives set out in the Neighbourhood Plan this project envisions a space to encourage collaboration, co-working and sharing of ideas to promote a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. The new era of highly connected and interactive technology is changing not only how employees interact but also how and where they work. There is an increasing potential for people to embark on new opportunities and ventures that could develop into start-ups. The drawback to this culture is accessing the required facilities and equipment to test ideas and nurture the business model. For a venture to pick up it needs to be tested and tailored to its specific need. Encounter Platform will provide an ecosystem for entrepreneurs to live work and innovate.
Food and nutrition learning centre
This project is situated by Restineas Farm within the Eden Project’s greater estate. It is a food and nutrition learning centre catering for people of all ages and abilities. The theoretical approach is based on inclusive and sensory design; creating a barrier-free environment everyone can enjoy being emerged in. The project aims to encourage social interaction and sharing skills and knowledge. Landscaping is a key design driver; providing a usable environment for growing fresh produce and enhancing the slope and views of the site. Terraced landscapes, inspired by paddy fields, with intertwining walkways create an indoor-outdoor connection between the buildings and the environment and allow access to all levels. The derelict farm buildings have been given a new meaning by transforming them into walled gardens integrated into the new proposal.
Refugees Welcome Here
Inspired by the ongoing refugee crisis, ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ explores the hosting of refugees in Porto under the UNHCR Resettlement Programme. Portugal is a depopulating country that in 2015 committed to receiving 10,000 refugees. However, a lack of infrastructure and integration with existing communities has been cited by those that have already resettled there as reasons for leaving since. In light of this, the project provides; accommodation; language teaching spaces; vocational and trade facilities in support of incoming skills and businesses; community performance rooms; and a library. The building offers a community hub at the heart of a wider masterplan which attempts to embody themes of ‘Live, Learn, Work and Play’. ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ captures the essence of the themes and provides a platform for cross-cultural and generational interaction, a secure, safe place for incoming refugees and attempts to strengthen links within the wider community as a whole.
Aesthetic: Anatomy - The Passing On, the Passing on of Life
The proposed architecture seeks to aid an integrated typology that will address the inaccessibility and negative outlook that society associated with organ donation and scientific body donation. The architecture and its integration within the urban fabric look to address a positive attitude towards the scientific environment and memorial and celebration of life and introduce a dignified and respectful context to the identities that have aided research through their passing of life.
A threshold that celebrates the passing of life and the passing on of life of the forgotten humanitarians. Transplantation and donation are invaluable.
A Language Exchange
The site is located in the old medieval district of Southampton. The project addresses the rehabilitation of the ruins of the Watergate Tower and explores how this historical area can be once again integrated with Southampton’s commercial city centre.
Inspired by the rise in immigration, my proposed scheme is an adult education language school and debating centre which introduces a new civic space for the city. The project seeks to explore how architecture can help to connect different segregated cultural groups through the sharing of language. The architecture is designed to encourage interaction, conversation and debate and reflects the journey from beginning to learn a language to fluency
Drone technology continues to improve such services like Amazon's unveiling of a new delivery system using drones, there will be a need a for a space to launch and store these Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems within urban areas. Housing for this optimised form of transporting goods could be a glimpse of an entirely new typology of building, that may be needed in all major cities. This take the form of my architectural proposition, a Droneport. One of Porto's key demographics is young aspiring scientists and designers to represent Porto as a city to become a hub for excellence and innovation, through a strong community that share ideas and has an open source attitude. Not only connecting with the infrastructure of Porto such as Train stations and roads, the Droneport will connect with the community of scientists and designers that represent Porto. This form of incubator space can allow R&D to further upgrade drone technology as well as apply the technology to aid in studying climate change for example or better protect citizens from acts of crime in the city.
Make a house your Home
Speculative housing developers have put forward mass housing proposals to respond to the housing crisis in Knowle Wets, However, alternative approaches which respond directly to the needs of the social context are required. This design project aims to provide a new approach and model in response to the housing crisis, with community integration at the centre of the process. This scheme proposes that a Design Code is adopted by the Local Authority for the development of the 'infill sites' between and surrounding the existing housing stock. This will provide capital in the form of land sale to neighbours whilst providing much needed new, smaller homes without the hassle of seeking planning approval. The approach allows residents to build a bespoke home to suit their particular needs through a unique custom-built prefab housing centre supported by an associated online configuration tool. The factory element includes training facilities, encouraging residents to be involved in the build process where they will learn new skills to improve job prospects and save money on their house build.
Experiential Construction College at the Eden Project
Center for Language and Communication
This project is based on the idea of 'deconstructing vessels of knowledge' such as ancient artefacts that carry our cultural and evolutionary histories. Through the processes of Preservation, Learning and Sharing, these objects of knowledge may be learned from and the knowledge the poses may be shared. The building is made up of a museum, research/ learning facility and a media/information centre. The form of the building is inspired by ancient artefacts with information, transcribed by our ancestors. These prehistoric vessels contain the origins of language, cultures and the societies that have emerged since. Through preserving language as a heritage entity, the centre hopes to use historical objects as tools for learning about our pasts to help understand our differences and highlight our similarities, in order to connect people all over the world.
Vinho de Campo de Augusto [Wine in the field of August]
Vinho de Campo de Augusto is a vision for a community-run winery and barrel making workshop for the city of Porto in Portugal. Porto's townscape, culture and of course climate, facilitate outdoors inhabiting cultures. The city is often inhabited in a quite performative way, individuals alone and in groups expressing their presence and sense of ownership. This often takes the form of selling goods on the street, street performing, street art, undertaking old traditional university activities in the famous capas, relaxing on balconies, alleys and squares, doing the laundry, sharing intimate moments openly and so on. This scheme, therefore, aims to allow its situation to become an architectural celebration of Porto's informal, outdoor living cultures and pride for its wine. Both of which share a connection with the outdoors and its ephemeral changes; daily, monthly and seasonal. Vinho de Campo de Augusto is envisioned to be a newly sustainable winery with a strong focus on social interaction. It is an attempt to expose and share the seclusive process of wine-making for learning and community bonding purposes. An icon and facilitator of the Portuguese community and culture offering an invitation to wine-enthusiasts, travellers, young and elderly, local and foreign to interact with the city, its vineyards and its people.
The Agency Network focuses on the adaptive reuse of the former Fabrica Das Fachaduras (Lock Manufacturing Factory), located to the north of the Porto masterplan site. Aiming to support the existing community with spaces to exchange ideas, discuss, exhibit and make in reaction to derelict sites and buildings within the Santos Pousada district. Appropriately utilising the same direction to organically taking over the 22,000 sq ft unit. Phasing each stage in parallel with the progression of the program, usage and finances. The architectural language derives from the existing industrial form while efficiently applying a new direct DIY language with reclaimed material.
Reinvention of Built Inheritance
This project explores how the forgotten buildings of the past can be rehabilitated in drastic ways, whilst still retaining both tangible and intangible characteristics that make them valuable as a historic asset.
The site is an abandoned ceramics factory on the fringes of the Porto UNESCO world heritage site and is all but a forgotten ruin, its crumbling granite walls being virtually the only thing remaining due to their steadfast construction, although these s how significant signs of decay. It sits on the 'wrong' side of the river, and the 'wrong' side of the famous Pont Louis bridge to be prevalent in the either the population of the city or the visiting tourist. This gives a valuable opportunity to suggest a new way of rehabilitation of forgotten ruins that reimagines them for the future.
By utilising a concept that is predicted to be increasingly at the forefront of the psyche of civilisation (the availability of a suitable source of fresh water as populations grow, groundwater is increasingly depleted and industry pollutes existing aquifers and watercourses) it seeks to show how assets inherited from the past can be reimagined and utilised for the future.
Ultimately, the integration of the existing ruin of the past with the practical uses of the future with a balance and respect for both is desired. The project seeks to explore ways in which architecture can be used to integrate cultural memory with the needs of a population that is increasing suffering with stresses of basic needs in a modern world.
The project is based in the Eden Project’s greater estate on a woodland site with disused clay works. It is a wellness and clay research centre that is centred on achieving and teaching wellbeing and providing knowledge to the community about sustainable living.
The design is inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which was published by the UK government. The guide has been applied architecturally to the project and has formed the basis for the design decisions. The connection to nature is one of the most important and well-proven aspects to feeling healthy and well. The centre is designed in a way that promotes experiencing the surroundings by pushing people out into the woodland through sloped, winding circulation.
There are two distinct languages; solid/private and framed/public, which promote the journey from retreating and being unwell to emergence and wellbeing.
Whilst money provides the opportunity for some fortunate people to open doors it is not a neutral form of exchange and those without becoming excluded and marginalised. The project argues to the promotion of exchange and trade of skills, knowledge and craft through participation. It will introduce areas to work, create, learn, gather, debate and connect. A place of collective exchange in a forgotten site in Knowle West, Filwood Broadway. The Broadway is a civic centre traits demise began as retail parks started serving the communities needs. with detail no longer required to Broadway need retreating as the civic heart of Knowl West.
British School at Porto
The project is based in Porto and the programme seeks to emulate British School at Rome. I have created a village of cultural exchange where British artist, writers, architects and other creatives can reside to be inspired by Porto. In the heart of the village is a library nesting in an old industrial ruin where research can be carried out. Equally, as British artists go out and explore Porto, Portuguese artists can come and visit the British School at Porto for lectures and exchange of skills.
From a distance, the buildings possess the lines and colours of traditional architecture in Porto, the closer a visitor come the more it dissolves into modern forms creating something new. The arrangement of the structures is based on a village layout and the streets serve as meeting points where casual cultural exchange can take place, while the library and other internal spaces give a platform for formal cultural exchange.