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Architectural insight from Nottingham Trent and rg+p

The university and architectural practice have teamed up to offer students practical insight into the design of educational and learning environments

Posted by Julian Owen | March 30, 2018 | Events

rg+p, the Leicester-based architectural practice, has undertaken lectures and workshops with undergraduates from the Nottingham Institute of Education as part of their ‘Designing Spaces for Learning’ module. Principal landscape architect, Julian Gladman, and head of interiors, Ian Matthews, have delivered two lectures at the University’s Clifton Campus. They also hosted 30 students at the office to provide real life examples of the environment and business of architecture.

Julian Gladman said: “We’ve just completed a short series of lectures with students from the BA (Hons) Education Studies course to broaden their understanding of the role design plays in the development of a learning environment, such as school or college. Our lectures were written specifically for the course and covered current design practices, the best approach to learning space design - including the associated limitations and challenges - as well as the importance of preparing an integrated design throughout a project’s lifecycle to ensure end users remain engaged. To further enhance this, we invited the students to our office to observe how it’s used as a learning and collaborative space, as well as visualise how the design of our own space came to life, providing a practical example for them to draw upon."

“Our practice ethos is focused on collaboration and teaching," continued Gladman, "so it’s really important to not just offer opportunities like this for aspirational architects, but also for our own architectural trainees, who were very involved in the development of content for lectures and presentations at the office.”

Following the success of the inaugural visit, rg+p has committed to host a further 25 students at their city centre office.

Sarah Davies, senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, commented: “rg+p’s sessions have been extremely informative and engaging, providing a breadth and depth of information about a variety of design contexts and schemes. Our students have been really positive, commenting on how much they appreciate time with industry professionals and the opportunity to tour and learn from a real working environment. This has been a hugely successful partnership so far and we’re now looking forward to our next visit.”

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