Recognised as ‘the best place to study architecture in the UK’ by the Guardian University Guide 2019, this year’s Sheffield University Architecture 2019 Exhibition promises to showcase outstanding design work produced by students over the last year.

Seven architect, Bryan Davies, tutors the MArch group and this year his students consider design within the context of rigorous and innovative research via his selected theme of ‘Material Amendment’: to make a material amendment to a site or building is to make a significant adaptation or effect change to the existing situation.

Bryan commented: “This year the studio turns towards coastal fishing communities, asking how architects might have a valid role in shaping futures. We’ve identified two towns to focus upon: Grimsby; which once hosted the largest fishing fleet in the world, and Chioggia in Venice; a traditional fishing island in the Venetian Lagoon, now with a dwindling fishing fleet and dormant factories.

“In a sense both of these communities have issues to do with representation. Venice is over represented with one view of itself as a cultural, touristic travel destination, whereas Grimsby has suffered due to its lack representation in European politics. This opens the door for us to investigate the role of architectural representation, and the architectural proposal a tool itself to effect change more akin with a contemporary artwork, not just a means to an end.”

Seven proudly supports the School of Architecture and, not only sponsors the exhibition, but this year, two studio leaders have also taught the MArch group alongside Bryan. Associates Ruth Sienkiewicz and Guy Moulson have been involved, with Ruth as a guest tutor and Guy tutoring technology on the course.

The exhibition will open for the ‘Employers Preview’ on the afternoon of Friday 14th June, followed by the exhibition launch in the evening. During the launch annual prizes will handed out and the 2019 catalogue will be showcased.

In addition, a selection of work will also be displayed at the London Exhibition, Old Spitalfields Market, on Monday 17 – Tuesday 18 June.

Here’s a sneak preview of the Architecture Catalogue, and we can’t wait to see this year’s exhibition!