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Architecture 519 studio staff recently welcomed work experience students from Guiseley School and Selby High School, who joined the team to learn about life in an architecture practice.

Across the course of a week, the GCSE students were tasked with two projects devised to give them insight into the design process from initial client brief to the build and presentation of a basic model. Structured activities included consideration of site, context and brief development, site surveying, drawing context plans, sketching ideas and finally developing cardboard models.

The first brief was to design an external breakout space for practice staff within the vicinity of the Architecture 519 offices in Granary Wharf. Students were first asked to explore the area and consider environmental factors such as views, sunlight and the materials used in the surrounding buildings before choosing a suitable site for their designs.

In the second task, the students developed ideas for an extension to Architecture 519’s award-winning development at Leeming Farm in Cumbria. Students worked with the original plans for the farmhouse which provided a template for their own drawings whilst helping them understand simple architectural drawing practices, such as how door and window openings are indicated. Following the drawing process, the students created models of their extension designs which included concepts for a hotel and a swimming pool.

As well as project activities, the students accompanied architect Tim Wenham to meetings with Architecture 519 client, Extra MSA Services, where details of the ongoing Leeds Skelton Lake project were discussed. Participating in one small client meeting and a larger team meeting to discuss site conditions with soil and drainage experts, planners and Skelton Lake civil engineers, the students were able to gain knowledge of the wider issues of the building construction process.

The team at Architecture 519 was impressed with the hard work and creativity shown by the students and we would like to wish them well in their future studies.

Cardboard models created by architecture work experience students

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