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Year Design Report Completing this years’ body of work has offered me an interdisciplinary and explorative culmination of this stage of my architectural education. Whilst building on the disciplines and practices already explored in previous years, this years’ design modules have introduced the challenge of working in more detail across all scales, from investigating the urban context to technical details and concepts. Working to a more urban scale has meant the design of the public realm has become more of a primary focus and I have improved my ability to view the design and nature of such spaces as a conceptual stimulant rather than as a result of building design. In both of my design projects, aspects of conservation work have been raised adding a previously unexplored complexity and debate to design development. Throughout the year I have become more skilled in a wider variety of techniques and methods, in particular my CAD capabilities and diagramming methods. The latter of which has enabled me to recognise the importance of a clear line of conceptual thought from the inception of a project and its repercussions for the overall representation of a project. Beginning the year during Charette Week, my group was tasked to document the weeks’ activities which was an opportunity to experience several new mediums and methods of recording information that were valuable lessons throughout the rest of the year. Collaboratively the group collected information from across the entire school using photography, sound clips and film before presenting the findings through a website, posters and a book. Within the team I took on an organisational role in dividing roles between the team, gaining an insight into the collaborative nature of projects later in the year. Can Ricart offered the opportunity to explore a completely different cultural and typological context from that experienced in any project so far. The project helped to identify the importance of public space in creating a successful design and that it should be considered equal to the design of the building and structure. Exploring Barcelona, it became apparent the culturally different uses of public space, something that became a key factor in determining initial design moves. Can Ricart was the first opportunity to approach a design on an urban scale, using the 22@ plan as a starting point that offered a rich urban context that I utilised to ground my design. Considering the project from a macro to a micro scale made me realise the possibilities for technical details to be used more conceptually and ensure that design intent is expressed thoroughly throughout a project. I was


able to explore this through detail models that were moveable and adaptable to express the mechanical nature of my design. However, it became apparent that my macro scale approach could have been more thoroughly investigated. Although I had expressed an interest in the 22@ plan it was not declared enough within my project work and so the conceptual intent was unclear. This is something I have explored more in the portfolio compilation which has added breadth and reasoning to my design. Although I found investigating the working practices of La Machine an interesting design stimulant, it became apparent that this was at times at the expense of the consideration of public space where the public approach and access was too discreet. This is something I have since developed in more detail in relation to the development of my macro scale approach, further explored through mapping and diagramming the site. The Re:Constitute Graduation project presented an entirely unfamiliar area of design-masterplanning. The collaborative nature of this stage of the project was a thoroughly rewarding experience both in terms of team working anWWd the insights we were able to gain from working with landscape designers and of existing masterplans. This exercise was able to make initial site and context investigations much richer and could pave the way for a design that was successfully grounded in its context, something that ultimately shaped my building form and material decisions. The masterplanning process again brought public space to the fore of the project through identifying the overlaps between each project and created a forum for debate with a continual process of experimentation and refining between group members. During this project I feel that my ability to refine design concepts and ideas and present them effectively and concisely improved. At times during Can Ricart I struggled to articulate my concepts diagrammatically which made compiling a concise and articulated presentation difficult. This is something I tried to rectify during the graduation project and felt that I was able to successfully convey a consistent thought process throughout the project through a series of developing parti diagrams. Additionally, Re:Constitute presented a much more open and negotiable brief than previously experienced. I felt that I was able to deal with this freedom successfully and allow for the development of

an original project through careful research into the term intergenerational and used the information to design a unique programme of activities even though the building type had little precedent. The compilation of the portfolio this year has been a key learning experience for me. Both projects enabled me to identify that I struggled with representing my ideas and concepts when it came to selecting and developing pieces for the final presentation. Throughout the graduation project, my development work explored at length the domestic vernacular and materials and expressed the need to be part of a wider outreach programme that were not articulated clearly enough within the presentation. In order to respond to feedback and rectify this for the portfolio submissions, I looked back to Can Ricart and considered the project from the macro scale to the micro so that I could better identify the gaps in my representation. For example, this enabled me to identify that the outreach programme needed to be more explicitly identified which I was able to do by mapping out the route of the outreach vehicle at both a Middlesbrough and a Middlehaven scale. This was also true of the way that my material decisions were not reflected in my presentation pieces. The final pieces did not reflect the in depth research and consideration that I gave to showing the domesticity of the project through the use of brick. I have since responded to this by taking a more diagrammatical approach to my elevational drawings, clearly identifying the precedents and brick details that were considered throughout my design. This experience of re-evaluating work and the processes in place to select and edit pieces has been a key learning experience this year and I feel that I have developed a better approach to representing my design process by considering the project across all scales to identify any missing aspects

Grad Project Cover








Project Intro-Visiting Middlehaven


Masterplan-Group Stage Development 12




Masterplan-Group Stage Final 16



Masterplan-Studio Development


Masterplan-Studio Development





Community Centre Brief


Community Centre Site Observations. Figure ground 25

Design Development/ First Concepts-Sketches 26

Material Experiments and precedents


Development Models




Final Concept-Partis


Historic Connections


Final-Middlesbrough Scale-Outreach


Final-Middlehaven Scale-Outreach


Block Plans-Compare to masterplan?


Final Model


Final Model


Elevation Net







Public Space Atmospheric-Aerial Plans from Model


Upper Floor


Public Space Atmospheric-Aerial Plans from Model


Ground Floor


Approach 1-Atmospherics


Approach 3-Atmospherics


Approach 2-Atmospherics


Can Ricart Cover

Project Intro-La Machine Info. Figure Ground 51

Site Visit


Site Vist-Sketches


Site Section Model


Development-Site Plans


Development Models


Materiality Section


Barcelona Scale


key for barcelona map


Site Map Site Model Photos


Site Diagrams


Site Diagrams


Final Model


Final Model

Public Space Use-Atmospherics


Floor Plans


Floor Plans-Internal Views


Long Section


Small Section


Small Section



Details-Off Picture of Model


Structural Strategy


Charette Cover

The Charette Condenser project of Charette Week was responsible for documenting all of the activity across the school. Working as team, we subdivided to collect information from all of the projects in a variety of mediums including photographs, interviews, sound clips and film. The findings from throughout the week were shown as part of the final exhibition and on the website I was part of the team collecting sound clips which we did using dictaphones. We constantly circulated between the other groups gathering information before compiling our findings into a variety of soundscapes. These were combined with the film clips as part of the final exhibition and shown as an immersive audio-visual experience. A key element of the Condenser project was the documentation of everyone taking part in the weeks activity. This was done by taking a portrait photograph of each participant before displaying them centrally within the architecture building. The overall display was a very striking element of the final exhibition and gave a personal insight into the school of architecture.


Stage 3 Portfolio- Jenny Whitehead  

Stage 3 Academic Portfolio from BA Architectural Studies, Newcastle University