Stage 1 Coordinators: Professor Gerald Adler and Howard Griffin

We all really felt for our new Stage One students. Most of them, as school-leavers, had experienced the confusion of A-level grades and were keen to finally get to the University. Some of the new intake never arrived in person – largely overseas students stuck at home. But we strove to make the studio experience as authentic and ‘real’ as possible, with increased spacing in the studio and more controlled access to the workshop.

We wondered how we would deal with teaching drawing skills in the new stringent set-up, but Chloe Street Tarbatt and her team in Folio, comprising Tim Meacham, Howard Griffin and Georgios Athanasopoulos rose to the occasion. We had use of the first floor of the Sports Pavilion, and this allowed us to teach orthographic drawing to larger than usual groups of students, with good natural light and cross-ventilation, while Tim ran his life drawing classes on stage in the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Form Finding

Autumn term design projects began with a series of short exercises, concerned with scale and levels, followed by more prolonged projects, all set within Canterbury. The first of these, Boat House, introduced the concept of function while dealing with a constrained site, while the following project, Tiny House, expanded on these ideas, introducing a series of repeat dwellings to form a community.

Building Design

Spring term was devoted to a single project for an Art and Craft gallery in Canterbury city centre. Students had to deal with a number of different makers and propose suitable settings for their work. This was the term where we reverted to lockdown, conducting all our teaching on-line.

List of Stage 1 tutors


Simon Barker, Philip Baston, Rebecca Hobbs, Shaun Huddleston, Victoria Lourenco, Andy Macfee,  Jo Merry, Patrick O’Keefe, Edward Pryke, Hooman Talebi, Ben Wood, Jef Smith, Dr Richard Watkins, Colin Cresser, Bernardo Lopes, Kevin Smith, Howard Griffin, Tim Meacham, Dr Nikolaos Karydis and Anske Bax.