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Student Shows 2012: De Montfort University, Leicester School of Architecture

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Laura Mark is impressed by De Montfort’s heavily curated show

This is the second year of the school’s reinvention, and this show proves last year was no fluke: standards are once again high. The school has developed its own style, with an emphasis on model-making and artistic impression. Visuals were impressive, with a high level of detail in the imagery produced.

Projects were varied and the subjects imaginative. They included pharmacies, a workshop for the study and reproduction of palimpsest manuscripts and an artists’ collective.

The final years of undergraduate and postgraduate courses were displayed in the main show. In corridors leading to this visitors were tantalised by work from earlier years.

The exhibition was heavily curated and this could give a slightly biased view of the show, as only the best work was displayed.

Standout year

The course at this school is not taught in units. The final undergraduate year stood out for the high quality and standard of the work – and if the work stays at this level it presents much hope for the future.

Standout students

Luke Snow was the stand-out Part 2 student. His project for a renewable energy centre in the Medway estuary was well executed.

Charlie Patterson won the school’s Design Excellence Award and produced some very high quality models and imagery.

In a word


AJ reviews of every student show in the UK are in AJ26.07.12. Students can subscribe to the AJ for just £82.50.

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