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Student Shows 2014: De Montfort University

Laura Mark reviews Leicester School of Architecture’s end-of-year show

This is a school in a time of flux. In the past year it has moved to temporary premises while plans are afoot for a new building, and a new head has joined the school – Raymond Quek. Quek, who came to the school from Bond University in Queensland, Australia, described Leicester School of Architecture as a ‘sleeping giant’. He has big plans for the architecture department, saying ‘it is too focused on actual buildings and not about ideas’. But that said, these ‘actual buildings’ on display at the school’s show were well thought through and consistent, demonstrating that the graduates would be an asset to any practice.

Projects were varied, ranging from schemes in the Italian city of Orvieto, where the school conducts its annual study trip, to a sand dune research centre in Amsterdam by final year student Matthew Webb.

Alistair Wood's project

Alistair Wood’s project

Standout unit & student

Taught in years rather than units, the school’s standout group was its fifth years. If these students work carries on in a similar vein, next year they could be the ones to watch, really making this school stand out. Fifth year, Alistair Wood’s designs for a charcuterie in Naples, complete with origami-modelled pigs, really caught my eye.

  • Laura Mark, technical reporter, The AJ

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