On 3rd March 2016, we were delighted to announce the opening of our new drawing studio. Designed by alumnus Sir Peter Cook of CRAB studio, is the first of its kind to be built in the UK for 100 years.

The Drawing Studio was officially opened by the late Dame Zaha Hadid who closed her speech with “I simply love this building.”

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.

Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, AUB commented: “We are delighted that the Drawing Studio will provide students with a new space in which drawing can be taught and practiced. We are also keen to reassert the centrality of drawing to the subjects we offer.”

So far the studio has won:

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 Award – Judges’ Special Award 2016

In November The Sir Misha Black Awards Committee awarded the 2016 Award for Innovation in Design Education to AUB for its innovative approach to design teaching, mentioning special recognition for the creation of TheGallery and Drawing Studio.