Leading architects laud students’ work

Guest speakers provide invaluable insights into industry

A Level students studying Product Design & The Built Environment at Truro and Penwith College have been praised for the standard of their work by two highly regarded architects. 

Jennifer Dixon architecture lead for AECOM, one of the world’s largest architecture and infrastructure companies, and Mark Elton director for Cowen Eco Design and UK Specialist for Passivhaus and sustainable design, came to the College this month to provide invaluable insights into the design and architecture industries.

Following an enlightening question and answer session, both Jennifer and Mark reviewed the second year students’ architectural projects.

Jennifer was returning to the College having helped organise a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Grimshaws Architectural practice in NYC last year, where students were able to see some of the world’s leading architectural projects happening in real time.

Commenting on the student's work, Jennifer said “the outputs in the studio and the level of design thinking are clearly well beyond the normal expectations of an A level study programme”.

Mark agreed, adding that he was “delighted to also get the chance to introduce the students to the Passivhaus design standard as well”.

Passivhaus is a standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint.

“I was really impressed with their awareness of the issues surrounding sustainable design and the ambition of their projects,” Mark said.

“For those students wishing to advance to architectural careers, this course will give them an incredible foundation for the challenges facing them in architecture school. Gwrys yn ta pubonan (well done everyone).”