The annual celebration showcases the emerging talent of students from the University of Westminster’s Architecture BA Honours, Interior Architecture BA Honours, Master of Architecture (MArch) RIBA Part 2 and Architectural Technology BSc Honours courses.
The OPEN 2016 exhibition will include students’ dissertations and works from their first year to graduation, ranging from architecture drawings and computer-generated models to interior designs’ visions and projects. Themes explored by exhibiting students will include democracy, English village traditions and events, austerity, art institutions, and collaborative architecture between London and Beijing.
Attendees will get a unique chance to witness the acclaimed end-of-year show in the studios of the University’s Marylebone Campus, where the University of Westminster’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication laboratory, the Fabrication Laboratory Westminster, and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment are located. The architecture studios have recently undergone a £5.2 million redevelopment upholding Westminster as one of the UK’s leading centres for the study of architecture and the built environment.
Harry Charrington, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, said: “OPEN is an event to look forward to and is a great celebration of our students’ work. This year it is being held for the first time in our beautiful new studios, giving us the opportunity to fully show off the extraordinary imagination, care and craft involved in the projects.”
The OPEN 2016 exhibition will be open to the public from 9am to 9pm every day between Friday 17 June and Tuesday 28 June at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone Campus, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS.
University of Westminster International Design Competition
Open in parallel is the University of Westminster International Design Competition (South Asia) Exhibition between 9am and 9pm daily from Thursday 16 June to Friday 15 July 2016. The exhibition addresses the brief of A Collective Challenge to Transform 100 Public Spaces and has been set up in collaboration with the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA India) and Massive Small UK.
About the London Festival of Architecture
The 2016 London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as a global hub of architecture. The theme of the London Festival of Architecture 2016 is ‘Community’, and the festival aims to connect with as many people as possible to demonstrate architecture’s relevance to London and its diverse communities. The festival programme features exhibitions and events organised by London’s leading architectural, cultural and academic institutions alongside architects, designers, curators and community groups from around the UK. Find out more on the London Festival of Architecture website.
Image credit: Laylac Shahed, Architecture BA Honours: Action space democracity – A protected play haven and site of democratic intervention for all ages at London's South Bank © copyright University of Westminster