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Student Shows 2014: Arts University, Bournemouth

Andy Ramos reviews Bournemouth’s end-of-year show

Architecture at Arts University Bournemouth is a small and relatively fledgling course, established six year ago and accepting just 30 BA and eight MArch final year students. The final year of BA is divided into two design units; the first is a deep research project on a subject of the student’s choice and then a second, where the resultant ideas and learning is applied to a more traditional project.

Students are encouraged at all stages to collaborate with other departments and ‘real world’ clients - resulted in MArch student Nathan Ball, for example, working with the National Trust to produce designs for new beach huts – the project inspired him to start his own production company.

I found this collaborative and vocational approach to studies at Bournemouth refreshing.  In an industry where Architects are starting to ponder more and more what their role will be in the future, this course seemed to coming up with some very interesting answers.

Standout Units & Students

Stand out student on the BA course was Thora Arnardottir whose final project was a self-sustaining based on Yggdrasil, the tree of life, where inhabitants are feed and watered by and intelligent centre core.

Other students of note include Lewis Toghill (BA) who combined his musical DJ skills to create an interactive sound room where the walls become instruments. Daniel Van de Poll investigates the deconstruction of a typewriter - using the components to create new forms. This was carried through into his building designs.

The MArch display consisted of a number of collaborative projects with other neighbouring courses. Melanie Kaviani worked in collaboration with Bournemouth’s Costume department to create a beautifully sculptured hat, which was used to inspire and drive her final building design.

Likewise, fellow MArch student Nathan Ball worked with the National Trust to produce designs for new beach huts which has led to the start-up if his own production company.

  • Andy Ramos, founder and director, AR Design Studio

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