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Student Shows 2015: University of Kent

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Michael Hudson takes a look at the University of Kent’s end-of-year show

Unlike many architecture schools – which have taken the step of mounting their degree shows in London – the University of Kent continues to display its show in their faculty in Canterbury. This decision should be applauded, as it has not only allowed a more comprehensive sample of student work to be displayed, but has enabled the department to convey its personality in a more confident manner. The school has good reason to be confident: this year it celebrates its 10th anniversary and, during the past decade, it has steadily built a reputation, ranking seventh in the most recent Complete University Guide.  

The show is divided into the undergraduate and masters (Part 2) courses. The undergrad third year is innovatively displayed on an array of large touch-screens. While this made it slightly harder to find the standout works, it certainly provided a refreshing change from the more conventional manner in which the postgraduate units are displayed.

The undergraduate work that caught my eye was by Edwin Yu’s. His work demonstrates a love of craftsmanship that is so easily forgotten by many computer-obsessed students. The care in which Edwin has photographed his models conveys and understanding of the photographic medium required to document architectural works.

Postgraduate student Edward Pryke exhibits skillful manipulation of digital tools to generate his project Liquid Gold. It features drawings of audacious complexity and intrigue, which are reminiscent of early Future Systems drawings.

Michael Hudson is associate director at Flanagan Lawrence

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