Scott Brownrigg Design Research Unit to sponsor the Welsh School of Architecture London Summer Show


Scott Brownrigg Design Research Unit is to sponsor the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) London Summer Show. The event, which forms part of the Free Range Exhibition being held at the Truman Gallery, Brick Lane, will run from the 11 to 16 July.

Keen to rival their London competitors, the WSA show will be an entirely student run exhibition, showcasing their graduate work. It aims to raise the profile of the excellent standard of work produced by the school with the hope of gaining a footing in the capital for their intellectual, yet no-nonsense approach to architectural pedagogy.

Ranked number 2 in this year’s Guardian league tables, the WSA hopes to shed some light on a school which is often seen as an outlier, yet has an excellent established reputation.  The schools’ poetic, yet pragmatic work shows how an understanding of the construction and ‘making’ of architecture is the fundamental basis to a strong architectural education.

On display will be the work of the final year graduates of the school. Unlike most courses, the part II at the WSA is condensed involving the first year taken in practice with part time courses and a final full time year in university where students develop their theses. Despite this shortened course, its students hope to achieve in one year what others do in two.

Scott Brownrigg has an established relationship with the WSA; Group Director, Neil MacOmish, himself a WSA graduate and a studio tutor and external critic for the school says of the sponsorship:

“Our support for the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) London Summer Show reinforces the practices’ commitment to supporting the next generation of architects.  Through collaboration with external bodies and universities, Design Research Unit hopes to develop intelligent design and innovative technical solutions which address the specific challenges presented to our industry; working with and supporting universities such as WSA is crucial in developing a collaborative approach to the research and delivery of these solutions – so we undertake design through research and research through design. I have been privileged to have been a studio tutor for the post-graduate school (New into Old, Place/Genius Loci and Memory) as well as an external critic and examiner for all years. The engagement with bright and intelligent pupils is a great way of keeping your own critical tools sharp!”

The award-winning practice has UK offices in London, Cardiff, Guildford and Edinburgh and International offices in Zagreb and Singapore.

The exhibition is open daily to the public from Thursday 11 to Tuesday 16 July from 9am to 6pm.