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Student shows 2013: Sheffield Hallam University

Alastair Norton reviews the Sheffield Hallam University’s end of year show

This is the first time that Hallam’s summer exhibition has been viewable in one space, making it easy to appreciate its emphasis on environmentally responsive and responsible design. Hallam’s reputation for producing technically proficient students is undiminished, but the school has also displayed a good understanding of the physical, social and economic context, not just of the projects, but also of exploring architecture’s position in shaping the spaces in which we live our lives.

The postgraduate diploma, established in 2009, is set over three years to allow students to work in practice while studying. I am not certain that this is the ultimate answer to the dilemma facing the education of architects, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. With around 12 students per year, it is hard to conclude if this approach is allowing students to fulfill their potential, but the general quality of their work is good.

Standout year/student Across the whole exhibition a lot caught the eye (and was worth closer scrutiny), making picking out a single student seem unfair. The third-year degree students edged it in terms of strength in depth.

In a word Credible

Alastair Norton, Norton Mayfield Architects, and honorary secretary of the Sheffield Society of Architects

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