If you are reading this, then you will have found your way into the exhibition pages for WSA’s Postgraduate Taught Programmes (PGT). We are delighted to welcome you here. This digital platform offers the opportunity to give a flavour of the diversity of our programmes, but also to dig a little deeper into programmes and projects that may be of particular interest to you.
Delving into any of our programmes shows the potential within the discipline of Architecture (including Urban Design) for specialisation whether in areas of practice such as Environmental Design, Conservation or Computational Methods in Architecture, in different scales of development from small interventions to mega-buildings to neighbourhoods and cities or in relation to specific, pressing matters of concern in today’s world such as climate change and inequality. As PGT Director, I feel proud of the sheer range of topics, concerns and contexts on display through work included in this show. However, our portfolio also says something important about the ‘transdisciplinarity’ of Architecture – about the ways in which it connects and relates knowledge from different disciplines and, at least in the context of design activity, brings that knowledge together through spatial, material and visual modes of production and communication. It also speaks in broad terms to the school’s longstanding adoption of a broad ethos of sustainability and engagement with numerous implications of this for buildings and cities through teaching and research.
Remote working is fast becoming a commonplace fact of life for many people worldwide. But it is important to remember that it is not long since doing complex, collaborative pieces of work in this way would not have seemed a viable alternative to a physical show. It is thus worthy of note that this show has been assembled by an array of people who have not seen one another for four months and who have, in that time, rapidly acquired new skills to enable them to deliver the modules or complete the arising work we see here. This exhibition is thus not just a celebration of what our students have produced but of all the determination on the part of staff and students alike to find ways to work together and share the fruits of their collaborations in a difficult period.
I’m sure you will join me in offering them all congratulations and giving a round of (virtual) applause.
Dr Juliet Davis, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes