Six architecture students from the UK/CoD had the opportunity to live and study in Delft, Netherlands for an eight-week design studio.
Over the course of two months, students studied under Siebe Bakker, founder of bureaubakker, a firm that facilitates exchanges between various industries and education institutions. The studio was an extension of the Fall 2011 semester studio in which students worked with Bakker on their entries for the 5th Concrete Design Competition. The topic for both studios was Energy, and how the characteristics and versatility of concrete contribute to a design's function as well as form. The students researched materials and techniques and produced prototypes with various concretes. "This is a rather different approach than most other design studios", said Bakker. "They had to develop ideas on concrete in relation to architecture and energy...they could choose their own program in such a way that their design results would show their notions on concrete as accurate as possible."
In addition to the design studio, students exchanged presentations with architecture students from TU Delft, toured architecture offices, particiapted in a workshop with the German-based research and development company G.Tecz. They also attended design exhibitions, lectures, and presentations with visiting critics, architects, and designers. On the weekends, students were free to travel on their own around the Netherlands, as well as visit London, Paris, and other cities.
"It was an overall amazing experience", said senior Drew McGurk. "Being immersed in another culture's design community was wonderfully eye opening, and working on a competition with a jury helped me find a fierce work ethic even while taking in all the new scenery. The competition we worked on was a real challenge that pushed me to think about design in new ways."