Guy Hollaway reviews UCA Canterbury School of Architecture’s end of year show
UCA is a smallish, boutique school of architecture which boasts spacious, studio-based teaching. The show has a buzz to it. As a practice we like students from UCA, as they have often completed an art foundation course rather than the traditional A-levels. This year the evidence was the same: Elizabeth Porter’s work immediately stood out as having a highly creative work ethic. The school’s best-selling point is its proximity to the Fine Arts department - however, I am not sure it is capitalising on this enough. Perhaps Will Alsop’s joining will be the catalyst for this change.
Standout units The diploma show took centre stage, and was dominated by John Bell’s studio ‘Ergodicity’ which explores high-density, high-rise urbanism, a project run in collaboration with the University of Tokyo. Central to the show was a lift to the moon by Andrew Dabomprez. FAT’s Charles Holland’s Electric Edens studio looked at rural model villages in England, while Bradley Starkey’s unit tackled how Whitstable can adjust to a growing elderly population. Both projects could be realised - standing these students in good stead for future practice.
Standout student Elizabeth Porter, Jeffrey Adjei, Andrew Dabomprez, Thomas Parker.
In a word Creative
Guy Hollaway, principal partner, Guy Hollaway Architects