Richard Waite reviews the University of Huddersfield’s end of year show
The University of Huddersfield school’s growing reputation has been built on producing architects who can handle a pencil, are equipped for practice and can grasp the urban context of a project. However, this year, Huddersfield has shifted its focus away from the city with the unique BA Architecture (International) course, travelling to mountain villages in the Yunnan region of China. Sadly, despite an increase in the entrance ‘tariff’ to AAB A-level grades, this year’s Part 1 work was underwhelming. The show, which was exhibited on the first floor of the school’s sterile home, was disjointed, with the contributions of the degree students mingling confusingly with the Part 2 output. Though the school’s technical focus was as evident as ever among the BA projects, again there was little deeper thinking in evidence in the show.
Standout unit Upstairs in the school’s attic-like space, the quality of the Part 2 students’ work was markedly higher. Apart from the odd flight of fancy, the work was generally thoughtful, coherent, sustainable, deliverable and capably presented.
Standout students Waqar Hussain, Rachael Norbury, Christopher Trunkfield - for his proposed Zoroastrian church in Mumbai, a thorough and wonderful exercise in light and dark - and Nicholas Tansella.
In a word Mixed
Richard Waite, AJ news editor