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Student shows 2013: University of Portsmouth

Bob Wallbridge reviews the University of Portsmouth’s end of year show

The school has long had a reputation for producing employable young architects, and the work displayed this year indicates that the school is extending this practical approach to encompass the lyrical and poetic. A sense of place is at the heart of the work on display, and is something I would encourage all regional schools to focus on. This is the last student show to be held at the Portland Building, which was designed by the late Sir Colin Stansfield Smith, an emeritus professor at Portsmouth. The architecture school will move into a new home in the next academic year.

Standout unit The show celebrates the individual student and their particular identity and learning, rather than selectively showing only the best work - all undergraduate and postgraduate students have work on display. As such, it comes across as a student-led collaboration.

Standout students Sophie Bellows, from the ‘Architecture, Culture and Identity’ MArch2 studio; Yanessa Wong and Tayseer Kardash of BA3; Laura Burnside in ID3. But I most enjoyed the alternative approach taken by Chris Morgan, Angelika Harris and Hannah Simons, illustrating a successful collaboration between Architecture and Interior Design students on a proposal to convert HMS Invincible into a home for the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

In a word Contextual

Bob Wallbridge, head of design, Hampshire County Council

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