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University of Reading to open architecture school

Published: Sunday, 08 November 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Reading is set to house a new School of Architecture from next year, with the first intake of 40 students due to enrol in September.

Although the launch of the new school is not officially due until December, work is already underway to get everything prepared.

Hawkins/Brown are in charge of refurbishing the Howell, Partridge, Killick and URS building – known as the ‘Lego building’ – on campus to ready it for the next academic year.

The building will mainly be open plan when refurbished and will feature a number of collaborative working spaces. 

It will house the University’s School of Architecture, School of Construction Management and Engineering, the Department of Art, and the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication.
The complete works are due to be completed by the end of 2018.

David Bell, vice-chancellor of the University of Reading, said the investment showcases the institution’s commitment to developing top-class facilities. 

He added that the transformation of the Lego building will “ensure the University produces architects and designers of the highest calibre”.

Meanwhile Adam Cossey, an associate of Hawkins/Brown and a former student at the University of Reading, revealed that it is an exciting project for the firm.

The challenge is to develop the building within its existing structure while also meeting the needs of the four academic subjects set to be housed there. 

Each has its own identity but the building aims to bring all of them together to create a learning hub so students can get a cross-disciplinary experience.

Scholarships will be available for the first set of architecture students starting in 2016 and the faculty is keen to build a reputation for exceptional training and development.

Lorraine Farrelly will lead the School and said it will have a highly professional focus in order to develop good working practices.

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