Architecture students excel in Dylan Thomas project


Students at the new School of Architecture at University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Mount Pleasant campus have just completed their first studio project – an exhibition space featuring the poems of Dylan Thomas and the Paintings of Ceri Richards.

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Students Alysha Martin and Chris Woodley have adopted very different responses to the project brief. Alysha is from Fforestfach and her design involves carefully arranging painted timber panels on which paintings are displayed. The panels are arranged in the centre of the space in a pinwheel formation, with a further panel forming a suspended ceiling. The panels represent a deconstruction of Dylan Thomas’s writing shed.  The poems are placed in boxes on the wall – the size of each box corresponding to the size of the painting that depicts the poem. Alysha said: “The Dylan Thomas project has been great. We use computing design and model making, so it’s all useful and it makes you feel more confident, especially with the feedback we get.”

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Chris already has a degree in glass design and has exhibited his work in glass extensively. Chris said: “The Architecture course has allowed me to follow a dream, even at 34 years old. It offers great advice and support. Best decision I’ve ever made!” 

 Danielle, who is also a student on the BSc Architecture course said: “The Dylan Thomas project was great because we had so much support and advice from Ian and Paul.”

Paul Harries, the new Head of the Architecture School and Ian Standen the programme director said they were delighted with the schemes that the first year students had produced. Ian Standen said: “They showed great enthusiasm and came up with some very inventive architectural solutions." Paul Harries said: “There are some very talented students on the course and we look forward to seeing their design abilities develop over the next three years."

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