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UCA students collaborate with Canterbury Cathedral on exhibition space

Architecture students at the University for the Creative Arts have begun a collaboration with Canterbury Cathedral

Undergraduate students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) have begun work in the historic cathedral, learning about the design and structure of the building.

Temporary exhibitions of their work are being shown in the cathedral’s cloisters. The first exhibition in the space features a set of cardboard structures by second year interior architecture and design students.

Students worked in teams, studying, recording and analysing the cloisters of the cathedral to design a site specific cardboard object. This explored the relationship between the building’s structure, function and aesthetics.

A further exhibition of technical drawings by first year students is planned for later this year.

Course leader Lara Rettondini, said: ‘We are using the cathedral as a learning tool - surveying and drawing it helps develop the skills needed to design very complex, detailed buildings and allows us to teach students the history of architecture at the same time.’

Heather Newton, head of stonemasonry and conservation at Canterbury Cathedral, added: ‘We enjoy having the students visit and I have been forced to stop and reflect deeply on some of the interesting and searching questions they have put to me.

‘The work they produce often has a novel twist and makes me and visitors to the cathedral look at the building differently, which is fantastic.’

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