Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Dear students

Please upload Project 3 on your blogsites - We need to have that up before Wed - for parity. Firstly, it is a folio submission and therefore it is not complete between now and Wednesday morning you risk losing marks for late submission. Secondly, your grades will be unmoderated - which might disadvantage you. Treat this as 'another' submission (I know - I hear "Oh no!") - and do the best job in terms of photographing your models and scanning/digitizing your drawings. If you did not do as well in the presentations - Now is your chance to make up for it - 15 percent is a good chunk. Could I also suggest that you CAPITALIZE the title of the blogpost for Project 1 2 and 3 so its easy for me to locate the projects.

I also wanted to say that I was impressed by the energy and patience of the group as a whole - Thanks for sticking around till the end through a freezing day and evening - and participating in the presentations!! I hope it was worth it and that you learned something from hearing other students present their schemes. I was very happy with the quality of the models and the ideas in the schemes - I thought maybe the drawings could have been better - But it is unrealistic to hope for more for such a short and complex project - I think most of you took some imaginative leaps in terms of light, view, scale, and siting - whether it worked is another issue - but I commend the fact that you were engaged with these issues. I also saw the beginning of what I would consider a 'professionally' constructed presentation - both verbally and graphically - and I hope you will keep pushing this as you progress through this degree - as a lot of architecture is not what you say but how you say it.

So congratulate yourselves and celebrate the end of a studio!


Sunday, June 7, 2009



All the drawings are to be presented in A2 sheets.

Submit the following items of work:

1. Site plan showing the art gallery and its relationship with adjacent buildings and the street. 1: 500 or 1: 1000 – This is a small drawing and therefore it should be accompanied by some site analysis on an A 2 sheet.

2. Floor plans and sections (including the outdoor courtyard). 1: 100 – These are discrete plans – separate plans for separate floors – this is self evident but I have seen many students over the years compromise by combining floor plans! You will lose marks if you don’t do this. Remember that the floor plans and sections are poches not line drawings! So make them atmospheric.

3. One room in plan and section (rendered, showing the quality of light in the room, and with at least one art object in it). 1: 50 – You should realise that as this is 1:50 it will need to be “animated” – people in silhouette, display, and some furniture if applicable

4. Sectional, architectonic model. 1: 100 – Model should be well crafted and glued together – Another self evident statement but you will lose marks for models that are not glued to the base or whose roofs are not glued down – Pay attention to the word “sectional” – the section is the only place where the model comes apart.

5. Interior perspective vignettes showing the main sequence of spaces. There should be at least 5-6. These should be to scale (I would say 1:50 or 1:100 – smaller than this would make it hard to read)


Colour – I prefer monochrome presentations but some students are good at using colour in their digital renderings. If you want to use colour, please make sure that they are not realistic. You will not gain points for using colour either. Most importantly do not use it as a decoration or if it is a minor part of your design.

Axonometric – Even though this is not mentioned as part of the submission requirement you may wish to make them – particularly if a sectional model does not completely explain your scheme.

Additional material 1 – The kind of art marketed by the dealer MUST BE presented along with the narrative for the architectural programme in an A2 format. This is important as this is the foundation for your design!

Additional material 2 – Case study – You would have studied at least one art gallery so you MUST please present your findings in a graphic form in an A2 format. Again this shows that you have done some research on the idea of displaying art and moving through a gallery – it forms the foundation of your design!

Text – on the site analysis sheet, case study, describing the art, narrative, space labels and street names, drawing conventions (Up, down, levels, first floor second floor etc) – NO OTHER TEXT is to be inserted in the presentation


Guest critic – You will have one external guest critic for this submission in addition to Prof Xing Ruan so please treat this as a formal event – be prepared, be on time, come equipped with pins and tapes.

Presentation – You will speak for 7 minutes and the jurors will speak for a total of 8. Please prepare your presentation – write it down as a script of no more than 7 minutes – Which is not more than 800 words (with pause erms and aahs) – Do not present your design as if I already know it – Decide on what is the most significant part of the scheme and present that – it is unlikely you will have time to talk about everything – but tutors and jurors will look at your scheme again so that all that you have not had the chance to present will be picked up then. So be succinct and strategic in explaining the MOST IMPORTANT aspects of your scheme.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

IMPORTANT Crit Schedule Studio Week 12

Dear tute group

This is the order in which I would like you all today (Let me know if
you can spot any mistake) - this is based on the numbers of times you
have had consultation with me and the level of difficulty you are
facing. I think this is equitable as a number of students (probably
shy or modest) always see me much later in the day leaving me with
little energy. Of course, this is subject to your timely attendance.
Hence, if you are not there to attend the crit on time, then you slide
right down to the list and I will keep seeing the students in the
order in the list. If you are progressing well, please come to the
studio and keep working there till your turn comes. Please be there at
2 sharp. I will take a break at around 4 for 15 -20 minutes to run to
another studio to collect some student works

Yuen,Adley Chun Kit 2
Awad,Yasmin Fayek 2 15
McGee,Samantha Jane 2 30
Chan,Chiu Yin 2 45
Li,Yao Ling Sam 3 00
ieong, andrew 3 15
Burraston,Joseph Bede 3 30
Borromeo,Michael Brian 3 45

BREAK at 4 00

Desai,Karl 4 30
Amirashairi,Amir 4 45
Butterworth,David Andrew 5 00
Aduldechachai,Thiradet 5 15
Aoukar,Joycey Rita 5 30
Argent,Matthew 5 45
Beer,Scott Brodie 6 15
Brennan,Nicholas Sean 6 30



Friday, May 29, 2009


Hi all

As Professor Richard Johnson mentioned in a lecture sometime ago that
he learnt as much from his peers as he did from his tutors and
lecturers. Having a class of 160 means that there is a wide range of
ideas and skills to learn from. Hence, I ask you look at some of the
outstanding works from the year group as a whole, on which all the
tutors had a consensus in the parity meeting for Project 2

Try to look at these works objectively and constructively examine the
different ways in which these students have addressed the same
project. This is the benefit of having a blog site, so please make use
of it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Dear tute group please see the list of things to do for studio in Week 12

It is encouraging to see some interesting schemes develop over the last couple of weeks and the seriousness with which some of you have started to thinking of light and space, but more importantly of the design as a community of rooms. Here are is the MAP of where you should be at this stage


Narrative formed
Art selected
Site analysis complete
Scale drawing of the site complete
Initial plans (initial sequence of spaces, circulation, massing), sections (closed/open, connection between spaces, light conditions) and elevations (relation to context) at 1:100 scale
Initial Vignettes


A – Developed and drawn up plans sections and elevations 1:100
B – Working model 1: 200 showing massing and key compositional elements (and openings)
C – Matured Vignettes/ interior perspectives (See Blogposting which show the sequence of spaces, qualities of light and habitation (displays, work, rest, administration, break out space or courtyard, and entry)
D – Competently discuss/answer questions about light, space, and habitation in terms of
Display (paintings and sculpture)
Creative work (Workshop)
Commercial space (Shop/Office)
Rest (bed-sit apartment)
Gathering and celebrating (Living area )
E – Test the scheme in relation to the site and context – Photomontages/section/elevation/model


Week 12 studio will revolve around the RESOLUTION of design solutions. I will help with this. Hence, if you do not work hard now to transcribe/explore/develop design ideas and sketches (to scale) developed by you or in collaboration with the tutor, you will find Week 12 a waste of time.


If for some reason you have made no progress in terms of your scheme in Week 11 my advice is to a) Recycle some of the ideas from Project 2 and develop them b) Base your project on one of the case studies. This background work COMPULSORY – please do not come expecting the tutor to provide you with a design solution on the spot!!


The conditions about the amount of work; format; and scale same as in Week 11

PROJECT 3 Vignettes

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Hi all

Please see the houses in this practice - you might find it interesting