“Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache.”
Opening of the Drawing Studio
The Drawing Studio was officially opened on 3rd March 2016 by special guest, the world famous Dame Zaha Hadid who closed her speech with ‘I simply love this building.’
The building was designed and completed by renowned architect, AUB alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Professor Sir Peter Cook RA and his office CRAB (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau).
Not only is it the first purpose-built drawing studio to be constructed at an art school for more than a century, it is also Sir Peter’s first building to be built in the UK.
The building is accessible to students from all courses across the University enabling all creative artists, working in any genre, to be in the same space together, from costume designers to architects, animators to etchers.
You can read more about the Drawing Studio opening here.
It all starts with a drawing. We spoke to our students about the practice that sits at the heart of our courses in this video.
A word from Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE,
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
“The design for the studio has been completed by the architect Professor Sir Peter Cook who is an alumnus of the institution having studied architecture here in the 1950s. Peter was the founder of the Archigram movement and whilst he is recognised for buildings internationally, (most notably the Kuntshaus Graz), there are no buildings by him in the UK.
“Our intention is to provide students with a new space in which drawing can be taught and practised. We are also keen to re assert the centrality of drawing to the subjects we offer.
“The condition of the room celebrates four aspects of light, central themes in looking and drawing, to include a large north-light in the studio tradition, a rear clerestory that throws a softer light back from the rear wall, a discrete and even softer light that filters from beneath the bench on the east side and, finally, a graded wash of light that comes along the curve of the entrance porte-cochere via the glass entrance door.
“We believe the simplicity of the monocoque construction will allow the act of drawing to become a calm and considered activity within the lively world of a very busy creative institution.”
Professor Sir Peter Cook spoke to John Wilson from Radio Four’s Front Row about the Drawing Studio. You can listen to the interview here.
RIBA National Award 2016
RIBA South West Award 2016
RA Top 10 Maverick Building 2016
Constructing Excellence South West Building Project of the Year 2016
Constructing Excellence South West Innovation Award 2016
Schueco Excellence for Design and Innovation – Judges’ Special Award 2016
Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist 2017
Civic Trust National Award 2017