Leeds School of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Once a production line for robotic draughtsman, the school is creaking through a minor revolution started by Gary Hornsby and Bridget Hansford in 2008
Once a production line for robotic draughtsman, the school is creaking through a minor revolution started by Gary Hornsby and Bridget Hansford in 2008. It’s surprising that Leeds School of Architecture, Landscape and Design has slipped down the Guardian university league table to a lowly 38 out of 42.
As well as becoming more research based, the school’s new direction is shown in this year’s postgraduate diploma themes of ‘integrated sustainability’ and ‘post-industrial urbanism’.
For the first time, the undergraduate show was housed in the school’s new Cor-ten-clad, landmark home – Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ Broadcasting Place (AJ 22.04.10). The double-height room allowed students to show off their work in greater depth, with more sectional perspectives, an array of models (of differing standards) and a video installation.
The hope for the school’s future is that it can turn out students like Bongani Muchernwa (nominated for this year’s 3DReid student prize, below) and Steven McCloy. The latter produced two refined and decorative proposals, both with coherent, intricate models: one a lacy facade and roof for a market in Barcelona; the other an auction house in Leeds’ Briggate with a similarly delicate filigree roof.