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Summer Study Abroad - Architecture

This course is for students who are looking to explore the architecture and urban planning of London through learning about its history as well as by designing an architectural intervention in the city ...more information below

Taught by: Julika Gittner

This course is for students who are looking to explore the architecture and urban planning of London through learning about its history and designing an architectural proposal and urban strategy for the city. The course assists you in understanding the key phases of London's architectural, economic and social development as well as its current design culture through a series of informal seminars as well as guided site, design office and exhibition visits. This research will  provide a  stimulating  background for  individual  and collaborative  design  work.  You will observe and record buildings, places and situations in London through photography, model making and drawing both on site and in the classroom. Your individual observations of key themes and areas of interest in London’s current and past development will form the basis for a case study leading to a proposal in the form of a map. The course is open to students with varying  levels of experience  and will  help  those looking  to  study architecture, history  of  architecture and  art  and design. Students will build a deeper understanding and working knowledge of contemporary architectural practice as well as a sound introduction to appreciating architecture in context to history.

Julika Gittner is an artist and architect. She is a Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge where she leads the First Year on the BA in Architecture. Julika studied Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College and architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Architectural Association in London. Visit Julika's website.

Alberto Duman

Alberto Duman is an artist, university lecturer and independent researcher whose work is situated between art, urbanism and social practice. He is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University and he runs the BA/MA Fine Art and Social Practice with Loraine Leeson. He has published papers, articles and artworks in books and journals, as well as publishing his own photographic books. Between 2013 and 2015 he led the Bartlett’s DPU London Summerlab. In 2016 he was the Leverhulme Trust artist in residence at University of East London UEL with the project Music for Masterplanning in Anna Minton’s MRes Arch Course ‘Reading the Neoliberal City’. The book from the project ‘Regeneration Songs: Sounds of investment and loss from East London is now out on Repeater Press. Most recently he has delivered in multiple sites and situations the workshop ‘Talking Ghosts: a collaborative hoarding novella’ in which participants write together whole scripts for new development hoardings in London. Since 2014 he is also working as part of the DIG Collective.

David McEwen

David McEwen is a founder of Unit 38, a design and research practice. He is currently working on the Community Plan for Wards Corner, a bottom-up, community-led alternative to regeneration in Seven Sisters, Tottenham. In addition to work in architectural practice, both in London and abroad, David has organised and participated in events, workshops and exhibitions for the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Society of Arts and the Tate Modern. Since completing his MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge in 2018, David has also been a guest critic at Central Saint Martins, the University of Cambridge and the University of Cardiff and is leading the Bartlett's DPU London Summerlab this September.

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Digital Camera (or camera phone)
  • Drawing tools (pencils, pencil sharpener, ruler, scale, set square)
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel
  • Sketch book
  • Oyster card, for getting around London (please also be aware that there will be plenty of walking so wear comfortable shoes and bring a suitable bag for carrying your equipment)

Download the Summer Study Abroad - Architecture (PDF 182KB) course handbook.

None. This course is open to students of all levels.