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Student shows 2013: Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University

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Paul Gray reviews Leicester School of Architecture’s end of year show

De Montfort’s reinvention continues to gather speed. Ambitious projects are displayed through a clear and coherent exhibition that demonstrates a consistency in teaching across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. A corridor of individual pieces leads to a single gallery where the projects impress with a sense of pragmatic creativity. The design and presentation is of a high standard, but being an edited snapshot of the best students’ work, I did feel for those who were not recognised within this esteemed group.

Standout units The degree course culminates with a project of the students’ choosing in the Umbrian hilltop village of Orvieto, following a study trip there. Chosen for its compact urban setting, it has clearly been an ideal context from which to teach architecture. The MArch course is not taught through units but through the year-long Comprehensive Design Project, with schemes ranging from an urban farmers’ market at Bishopsgate (by Alex Tang) to a water pollution cleansing works in Greece.

Standout students Jordan Young’s ‘Geologists Research Laboratory’ created a poetic scene of pavilions in the Norfolk Marshes, and was rigorously backed up with a technical understanding of the built form.

In a word Crafted

Paul Gray, visiting design tutor, University of Nottingham

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