Architecture students discuss projects at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia
Leeds School of Architecture students and senior lecturer have been discussing the work of postgraduate design studio CITYzen D and Project Office with students and staff at the architecture department of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, USA.
There is a shared approach to architecture values and this made for an interesting exchange between the architecture courses of Leeds School of Architecture and Tyler School of Art, whose programs “teach students how to intervene in the physical world through carefully considered acts of making. The Department engages the city, exploring and addressing the ethical and social dimensions of architecture and the built environment.”
Leeds postgraduate students presented their Philadelphia project ‘Kensington in Recovery – Spine and Seeds’ describing their inventive strategy for the regeneration of a neighbourhood hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. Students explained how their strategy and design ideas are being used to inform their individual design propositions in the UK. This was followed by senior lecturer Simon Warren, who discussed the role of Project Office, the university’s architecture consultancy of staff and students. Simon explained how real-life projects designed by students are being realised through this vehicle for community organisations.
Fauzia Sadiq Garcia, a lecturer at Tyler School of Art commented, “we thought your student’s presentations were very well done and enjoyed your perspective on what can be done in the neighbo[u]rhood. I would definitely be interested in maintaining a collaboration between our schools”.
Simon Warren is Senior Lecturer at the Leeds School of Architecture, where he leads the Post Graduate Diploma in Architectural Professional Practice course and co-directs Project Office, a design and research collaboration of staff and students. Project Office is an architecture consultancy concerned with ethical, social and resilient architecture and design.