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Student architects host sneak preview exhibition

23 February 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Next generation get feedback from professionals ahead of final show

Emerging architects from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have given industry professionals a sneak preview of their work at a special exhibition.

The master's students who will qualify in the summer invited practitioners from across the UK to see their work in progress and give vital feedback ahead of their final exhibition in June.

Charles Stanton from Stanton Andrews Architects visited the exhibition. He said: "My own university memories of mid-project presentation were to the fore when I visited UCLan to see its ‘fresh architecture’ exhibition.

“There was a plethora of presentation strategies on show and this diversity of approach was refreshing and should be applauded. We expect to take on a couple of students this summer and look forward to seeing the completed projects at the degree show.”

Projects include a community centre, hotel and work spaces to integrate the Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus, a proposal to build a new National Archives Department building in Mauritius that will blend a traditional building style with modern sustainable technology and a way to bring the fishing industry back to Great Yarmouth through a marine biology research centre and new fish market.

“Showcasing our work to current industry practitioners is also good practice and excellent preparation for our future careers.”

Student Becky Lovell, 22, said: “It’s great to have a fresh set of eyes look over my work and provide valuable feedback that I can apply to my final project. Showcasing our work to current industry practitioners is also good practice and excellent preparation for our future careers.”

Architecture lecturer Jenni Barrett commented: “These Master in Architecture students will be the first cohort to graduate from the course so it is a pioneering year for us.

“This is the fresh new talent that will drive architecture forward. We want to show peers, colleagues and importantly industry practitioners what the students have achieved so far to recognise their hard work and provide them with the essential advice and feedback they need to make their final pieces as professional as possible.”

The students’ final projects will go on public display in June as part of the UCLan Creative Focus Festival.

View more images from the exhibition on Flickr.