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Architecture and Heritage (Summer School)

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Arkwright building at NTU

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

This course gives you the opportunity to explore some of the rich and varied history of architecture in England. It's therefore ideal for anyone currently studying architecture, or thinking about studying it in the future, or anyone who's simply interested in the subject of any age and background who wants to learn more.

You will immerse yourself in the buildings, design and construction methods and consider the role of the professional within the practice of architectural conservation.

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Course Dates

10th July 2017 – 14th July 2017

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Course Description

Nottingham and the surrounding area contain unique examples of architecture from the past 1,000 years. The city is surrounded by countryside, farmsteads, villages, churches and castles, that represent some of England’s best examples of building and town planning.

Think Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, add a Civil War and the industrial revolution, and you have the ideal place in the heart of England to learn about the history of architecture and its social context.

The course will open with an orientation to Nottingham to help you appreciate the city’s social and architectural history. Stately homes, vernacular and ecclesiastical buildings will be visited in Nottingham and the surrounding areas to provide and overview and understanding of the development of the built environment in England, and particularly that of the East Midlands.

All of these visits will be supported by an interactive lecture programme, and potentially, the opportunity to visit work in progress on a historic building.

As part of the course you will develop a personal project as well as keep a visual notebook recording the city and the places you visit. You will be exploring how historic buildings continue to be used today, and how as designers, we must be sensitive to their unique architectural, cultural and historic interest.

To demonstrate your understanding, you will create a written report, visual presentation or a sketch model that explores an intervention to one of the buildings you have visited providing a new interpretation.

During this course you will:

  • Learn about key periods of design, materials and methods used in historic architecture in the UK and document this in a personal sketchbook
  • Learn about the role of the professional in relation to working with historic buildings, and the specialist skills and knowledge required to do this well
  • Identify, research and utilise a range of source materials in developing your personal project
  • Produce a report, presentation or sketch model that recognises opportunities and constraints in relation to the historic building.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you will have developed a new appreciation for historic architecture in England, and have a new awareness of the field of architectural conservation. 

Previous students said:

“Being completely immersed in a city that is an elegant collage of old and new architecture brought daily questions about how to approach design in a changing urban landscape.”

"I had an absolutely amazing time. I am so grateful that I was able to participate in something so substantial with such an amazing group of people; I had the time of my life!"


Not from Nottingham? Find out more about summer accommodation on our doorstep.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

Looking for credit?

This course is for enthusiasts, professionals, graduates and students. If you're an international student the course is part of the NTU Global Summer School and can offer 5 NTU credits (2.5 ECTS). If you wish to gain this credit and transcript please complete the application form on the global summer school webpage: www.ntu.ac.uk/globalsummer. Applying for credit is not compulsory.