Tutors: Adam Thwaites, Tabatha Mills, Jamie Ogilvie and Paul Smith
Adam Thwaites is a passionate advocate of Architectural Technology as a distinct profession and route into a career in architectural design. Adam is Senior Lecturer and worked for a series of small architectural practices prior to moving into education. His research interests include the use of timber (CLT) in construction, demountable structures, ‘de-growth’ and energy efficient and sustainable construction methods.
Tabatha Mills is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Westminster where she has taught for 16 years. With 18 years’ industry experience as a practicing Architectural Technologist, she established her own studio in 2005. With a background in projects from residential to healthcare, she brings industry experience into the design studio and is focused on pushing educational boundaries within the specialism.
Jamie Ogilvie is an Architectural Technologist and alumni of the Architectural Technology BSc at the University of Westminster. Jamie has worked for a number of years within the residential design sector in the UK and received the CIAT Gold Medal Award for London 2018. As an active practitioner, he brings current technical skills and expertise to the studio.
Paul Smith is an architect with 27 years’ experience at architectural practice Foster + Partners. Paul has taught on the Architectural Technology BSc for a number of years and brings technical knowledge, experience of many and various projects, and insights into the latest materials and technology.
Third year students developed proposals for a climbing gym and co-working space, to be located on a vacant lot that was once part of the 2012 Olympic Park.
Following on from a site visit and investigation, students were able to try out the sport and meet with the ‘client’. Students developed ideas via sketching and model making, culminating in the first semester with the development of a concept, general arrangement drawings and design and access statement. In the second semester students developed technical solutions, working drawings and detail drawings.
Key elements were the design of a dynamic and engaging internal space with reference to the practical requirements of the client. Also, substantial floor to ceiling heights and a visually impactful building when viewed from passing trains on the adjacent railway. Consideration and technical development of passive and energy efficiency strategies were also key to this project and students were required to address each of the eight criteria forming the UoW Sustainability Design Principles.