Created: Wednesday, 1st October, 2014 - 20:56

Congratualtions to BA (Hons) Architecture graduates Maegan Icke and Abdulbari Kutbi who are featured in the Class of 2014, a showcase of the UK's best graduate work in the current issue of Blueprint Magazine.

image credit: Abdulbari Kutbi - Cross Section


Blueprint Student Show Review 2014

Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts.

Canterbury’s students are keen-eyed and inquisitive of mind.

The projects on show, particularly those emanating from the exciting hubbub of the third year studio (which refreshingly eschews the unit system for more open and collaborative teaching) display a remarkable programmatic dexterity and a maturity for grappling with prevalent socio-economic tectonics.

The students are tackling big issues across a vast spectrum of scales and demonstrate equal confidence in responding to the particular complexities of Hamburg’s politicised city centre, the gentrification of London’s East End and the ebb and flow of the Kentish shoreline. Finely detailed drawings demonstrate not only earnestness in draughtsmanship but also a willingness to capture phenomena beyond merely the physical and clearly approbate an architecture that offers genuine diversity in spatial experience. The school is producing great work. The standard of first and second year output shows much promise.

Following the third year study trip to Hamburg, Abdulbari Kutbi’s project embraces the city’s vulnerability to flooding as means of testing the fine line between commercial interest and scientific enquiry, as well as Hamburg’s position within a wider European cultural and political landscape. The project delivers an intense programmatic response to these conditions and is handled deftly as well as represented beautifully. Of particular note was Abdulbari’s extraordinary sectional study which illustrates, perhaps most importantly of all, that he is thoroughly enjoying his craft.

Taylor Grindley is to be applauded for engaging sustainable issues whilst managing to avoid cliche ‘green’ vernaculars; instead proposing a building that animates the city around it. Hayley Grace’s cleverly executed micro-sanctum for a collector of East End road markings is both a joyful celebration of the mundanity of continuous infrastructural renewal and a barometer for post-Olympic gentrification.

Words by Adam Hiles

Adam Hiles works at award winning practice Duggan Morris Architects, based in London, UK.