Kent School of Architecture and Planning's Head of School, Professor Gerald Adler, along with the Kent Architectural Student Association (KASA) invite you to join us in celebrating our 17th year as a School, and welcome you to our End of Year Show 2022: UVVU 22.
Welcome from the Head of School
We are at last coming out of Covid. We began the academic year at the start of autumn term back in our studios, and had fully returned, in terms of lectures and seminars, by January. Things weren’t quite as before, though. There were still a number of students and staff isolating, and studio culture still hadn’t really taken off. This was particularly noticeable in lower years – unsurprising, given the ‘bubbles’ that students in Stages One and Two had been in for the previous eighteen months. Our aim is now to recover the studio culture, and one way this will happen is to plan for our increased and improved studio space. The ground floor of the Marlowe Building, the suite of rooms previously occupied by the Deans in our superceded Faculty structure, will be opened up over the summer and turned into flexible studio spaces. We will have flexible spaces that will integrate the hybrid kinds of teaching settings that a design school requires. This will be phased so that our existing BA spaces upstairs – studios A and B, as well as the Digital Crit Space, receive a similar overhaul. The academic year 2022/23 (for those students continuing) should feel different – an expanding, more welcoming School. This year really has been fantastic for KSAP – indeed, we really will have to change our name (yet again!) in order to encompass our two new BA programmes in Graphic Design and Spatial & Interior Design. We look forward to our second intake this September. The year just ended has seen KSAP getting its RIBA Part 3 validation which, together with the imminent submission to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for our Planning programme puts us in prime position to proceed with our Apprenticeship programmes in both Architecture and Planning. This year we welcomed Kate McLean and Jerome Tsui to KSAP as Programme Directors for Graphic Design and Spatial & Interior Design programmes respectively, and we said goodbye to Tim Ireland and Peter Buš, and are soon to part with Georgios Athanasopoulos, John Letherland and Alan Powers to whom we send our very best wishes as they pursue new projects. I end this foreword with some very important news for the School. What do we lecturers and tutors do when we are not teaching you? The answer was resoundingly given in the results of the current REF (Research Excellence Framework) – the body that scrutinises what we researchers get up to, and takes place every six or seven years. We produce world-class research, work that influences architectural scholarship and practice around the world. We were placed in 6th position overall in the UK (that’s equal to the Bartlett, renowned for being a global powerhouse of architectural research) and 3rd for the quality of our outputs (ie our books, articles and other writings). But this is something the whole School community can be proud of, as an important aspect the REF measures is ‘research environment’. This is the way in which administrators, technicians and all academic colleagues (including Practitioners in the studio for one or two days a week and PhD students) nurture our School, making it receptive for world-class research to take place. The fact is, this world-class research feeds back into our teaching and your education - in the studio, seminar room and lecture theatre. I hope that you, too, will feel proud and ‘own’ this achievement of ours. Professor Gerald Adler Head of School
Explore the show
We open our online doors for you to explore our students' work, from our BA (Hons) Architecture RIBA/ARB Part 1 course all the way through to our Architecture PhD programme, and everything in between. We are also delighted to share the work of students on our brand new BA Graphic Design and BA Spatial and Interior Deisgn programmes. Congratulations to all our students for their fantastic work this year!
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