‘Lego’ building celebrates first birthday

The recently-redesigned School of Architecture at the University of Reading marked its first anniversary with an end of year public exhibition.

Hawkins/Brown transformed the Grade II listed 1970s school – known as the ‘Lego’ building – creating an open-plan internal layout, a variety of modern collaborative working spaces while also addressing the University’s commitment to sustainable design.

The School accommodates the University’s School of Construction Management and Engineering, the Department of Art and the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication.

Professor Lorraine Farrelly, Head of School and Foundation Professor of Architecture, said:

“Architecture is a popular subject and, as a brand new school, we needed to identify ourselves alongside already well-established institutions. This has been a challenge but I think we have created a distinctive positive choice for students looking to enter this field of study.”

The School opened last September with 43 students and during this first year of its existence, an industry and practice working group has been established to inform and comment on the curriculum and also develop new collaborations between the School and industry.

Many of these companies, including Hawkins\Brown, Broadway Malyan and Barton Wilmore, offer work experience to students as part of a structured programme for the second year of the BSc Architecture degree.