The University of Westminster’s end of year students’ exhibition, OPEN 2019, was launched on Thursday 13 June as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2019.
OPEN 2019 is the annual showcase of the emerging talent and achievements of students from the University of Westminster’s Master of Architecture (MArch) (RIBA Part 2) and Architecture BA Honours (RIBA Part 1), Interior Architecture BA Honours, Designing Cities BA Honours, Architecture & Environmental Design BSc Honours and Architectural Technology BSc Honours courses.
The free-to-attend event, hosted by the School of Architecture + Cities, celebrates the openness and diversity of the University of Westminster’s Design Studio system, and includes an extraordinary range of creative student work from first year to graduation, showcasing drawings, films, models and full-scale fabrications encompassing the handmade, the virtual, the big, the small.
This year, OPEN 2019 was partnering with the London Festival of Architecture, and followed the theme ‘Boundaries’. The festival programme featured exhibitions and events organised by London’s leading architectural, cultural and academic institutions alongside architects, designers, curators and community groups from around the UK.
The show was open from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 30 June and took place in the acclaimed rooftop Marylebone studios, as well as the state-of-the-art Westminster Fabrication Laboratory.
Renowned architect and Westminster alumna Angela Brady OBE PRIBA was invited as a guest speaker and opened the evening preview of the show with an inspiring and rousing address to students and attendees about the world of architecture and design. The opening night also included a live music performance from a band.
Professor Harry Charrington, Head of the School of Architecture + Cities at the University of Westminster, said about the event: “OPEN 2019 is our first student exhibition since the creation of the new Westminster School of Architecture + Cities, which strengthens our practice through grounding it in cross-disciplinary collaboration. This is particularly important at a time when society needs architects to respond with imaginative and generous designs to problems that are not strictly architectural ¬– the climate crisis, social justice, changing technologies.”