The Academic’s Club:
A refined addition to the townscape of Old Aberdeen
Year 2 Architecture
Lecturers: Gillian Wishart, Samuel Penn, Silvia Bassanese
What aspects of architectural design are key to making a successful and sustainable small scale urban intervention, with a distinct character and a lasting contribution to the existing townscape? How can we use the integration of structural arrangement and construction to reinforce the architectural intention and character of a building? In semester 2 the student will be designing an addition to the urban townscape of Old Aberdeen. This particular piece of Aberdeen has a rich history and form; an urban form that has witnessed a change in cultural and economic circumstances, but which remains a vital place. As architects we rarely design buildings in isolation of others. Most of our built environment exists in smaller or larger collections of buildings – be that a farm steading, a village, a town or city. The spatial relationship of buildings to each other plays the biggest role in how we experience a place when we move through or between buildings, and developing an appreciation of this art of relationship, as Gordon Cullen calls it, is an important step in the development of an architect.