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QHT Funding finances field trips around the world for Architecture students

Architecture and Interiors 8 March 2017

Hundreds of students from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster were given the chance to travel across the globe gaining practical experience by exploring different countries’ architectural landmarks.

All field trips were specifically tailored to contribute to the study objectives of the Design Studio students are attending. They were focused on varying themes, including migration and culturalism, urban processes and rural issues in postmodern eras, which students had to look at from architectural perspective.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students had the opportunity to visit destinations, ranging from Paris, Budapest and Athens in Europe to Delhi in India and Tokyo in Japan. The QHT Funding made it possible for many students coming from low-income households to benefit from the cultural visits by covering most of the travelling and accommodation costs.

In Paris, students could observe, draw and record buildings with elements of their Design Studio programme. The Field Trip was an opportunity for intensive learning, giving the opportunity to both students and lecturers to engage in informal conversations about building concepts, internal and external public space and creating a fertile place for further learning and knowledge sharing.

Whilst in Tokyo, students were privileged to enjoy a personal tour of two buildings by the revered Japanese architect, Professor Terunobu Fujimori, including his own house, where a tea ceremony was held for the students. They were also invited to the studio of the practice Atelier Bow Wow, whose principals gave the students a presentation of their current projects and discussed some of the political, cultural and economic issues that drive urban development in Tokyo.

Speaking about her visit of the Acropolis in Athens, where the focus of the field trip was on diversity and social change in cities, a student named Faustine said: “Looking at the Acropolis allowed me to develop a new critical approach to history and remembrance and reflect upon the way we preserve our monuments. It also got us closer as a studio group which is really nice.”

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