Thursday, June 21, 2012

External Examiner visits

20 June 2012: We are lucky to have architect Christian Male of Ian Simpson Architects visiting us as external examiner. ISA is one of the leading British practices for tall building design, although they are perhaps more glassy than we would do in our TB Studio - but they are operating in the real world. ISA are famous for the Beetham Tower (Manchester Hilton) with a magnificent house for Ian on very top deck.
     They are also architects for the yet-to-be-built Blackfriars Tower, which some are likely to call the Shampoo bottle.  We have used that site in previous TB Studio design work. It is an excellent site, with connections to the Thames, the Underground, a south aspect and close walking to the Tate Modern. We didn't use it this year because we wanted to try the larger and more challenging Elephant and Castle site.
    Christian fully understands our aims and philosophy and always has an enjoyable day of interviews with the tutors and with the STB students.

 Group photo of STB students with Christian, during the interviews. (Janet Jing Huang is in China)
 Christian looking at Pelin and Soni's Singapore project.
Pelin explaining the Singapore project to the external examiner.

After he had the first meeting with us, lunch with other examiners, meeting with the students, and a final meeting with Phil, DNC and Robin Wilson, Christian returned to London. We await his report.

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