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Student Shows 2013: Cork Centre for Architectural Education, University College Cork

Stephen Best reviews the University College Cork’s end of year show

This year CCAE presents a show of established maturity, offering a unique and fresh attitude towards architectural education in Ireland. This school is a real-life laboratory that engages with practice to investigate significant everyday problems, such as how we make places for communities in soulless suburbs. In fourth year, three practices were invited to run the design studio. Each was encouraged to use the studio as a living workshop and to engage in critical research. This seems to have been a boon for both practice and students, and the result is that CCAE is emerging as a significant agent for architectural discussion.

Standout units The undergraduate and postgraduate courses occupy both ends of the education spectrum; one is pertinent, the other hypothetical. Last year an MArch graduate was invited to take up the position of architect-in-residence at the internationally renowned National Sculpture Factory, a benchmark which was equalled this year.

Standout student In fourth year, Kieran Cremin’s research centre reveals ingenuity and poise, while in the MArch programme Emma Power’s ‘Stratum’ offers both erudite commentary on pollution and architecturally sophisticated engagement with environment.

In a word Precocious

Stephen Best, senior lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

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