Blueprint magazine recently published their list of exceptional art and design student projects and hailed Oxford Brookes University’s as one of the best.
To choose which projects would feature, Blueprint brought in practitioners, designers and critics to judge and comment on each project. Hugh McEwen, Associate Lecturer for Architecture and Unit F tutor at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, was among the judges. The chosen projects came from a wide range of subjects including communication design, product design, material futures and architecture. Three projects from Oxford Brookes architecture students were selected for inclusion in the magazine. Dougal Sadler and Jack Clay’s project, which reimagined part of Jacques Tati’s Playtime with a chain-smoking cleaner, was praised for its ‘delicately coloured renders and sketches’. Praise was also given to Unit J, Sadler and Clay’s unit, which is run by Sara Shafiei and Aleksandrina Rizova. Sally Taylor’s three-dimensional convention centre for Lanzarote was praised for “deft use of space frame and fire brick… construct[ing] her own architecture around a programme-less space.” Georgina Hale’s depiction of cigarette smuggling on the coast between Spain and Gibraltar was also singled out. Comments on Hale’s work described her “beautiful hand-illustrated designs,” as a “fantastic exercise in contemporary architecture parlante”. The recognition of these projects is a gunreat tribute to the hard work and high quality of Oxford Brookes’ architecture students.
See the special issue of Blueprint magazine. The Brookes students’ work features on pages 180-181, 188-189, and 202.