Student work is regularly entered for competition as project work or during the selection process for placements; at the outset of the final year, competition projects are often set to live design briefs from external companies.

Recent live projects and competitions have included:

Water Sports centre proposals make a splash
Final year BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology students applied their learning in a competition to design a concept for a new facility at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.

Students were challenged with designing a facility that would be commercially viable whilst meeting the needs of the local community and national sporting bodies. The brief also asked them to create a design that could offer sporting activities all year-round and to present a concept that used as few straight lines as possible to echo the water theme of the site.  
Read more about this project.

Coming to a high street near you
Second year BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design students had the opportunity to advise and influence a shop redesign for high street retailer, Athena

Simon Coates, owner of poster, framing and gift chain Athena visited NTU to present the project to students. The brief instructed them to provide interior concepts, designs, layouts and branding designs to re-launch Athena on to the high street. They were looking for “a current, edgy atmosphere to attract new young customers without alienating our existing cliental.”

Students worked within challenging space restraints to create exciting new retail spaces to entice shoppers. The best ideas were presented to Athena and they are progressing with shop floor trials using ideas put forward by students, with the intention to build a model store format.


Officials impressed by architecture students' vision for disused site
BArch (Hons) Architecture students at Nottingham Trent University were challenged to come up with a range of ambitious design schemes for a disused former school site.

Final year students presented their proposals to planning officers and leading architects as part of a new urban design campaign calling for regeneration of Nottingham’s derelict eyesores and unused sites. Read more about this project.

Iona Steiner School project, Sneiton, Nottingham
Aim: A speculative project to generate ideas for ways to develop the school. There are no firm plans for the site at the moment.

Work was selected from 65 2nd year BArch Architecture student schemes. The project ran for seven weeks from January to March 2011. Students were challenged to be creative, have far-reaching ideas even though it is a difficult site, client and brief. They had to consider access issues and environmental strategies.

The exhibition on was curated by local practice 2hD.

As a result of the project the school will develop a design brief using the exhibition and then funding opportunities will be further explored.

Developing new ideas for city regeneration
Students from the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and BArch (Hons) Architecture courses gave their views on how streets, alleyways and associated buildings in Nottingham's city centre could be better developed. As part of their annual Project Week the students reviewed defined areas across the city centre before exhibiting their proposals for potential improvements to a panel of experts, including architects and planning professionals.

The collaboration with Nottingham City Council involved approximately 200 students working in teams consisting of a mix of students from different years and courses. Read more about this project.

Architecture students design new entranceways for university buildings
Second year Architecture and Architectural Technology students undertook a week-long project to design new entranceways for the University. Third year students acted as clients for their peers, developing business plans and design briefs. 

The project was sponsored by East Midlands Ceramic Tiles who provided advice on tiling for the new entranceways and will be providing a prize for the group whose design showed the best use of ceramic tiling. EMC Managing Director, Barry Slawson said: "We are believers in building relationships between education and industry…We have the ability to cover any project and students should regard us as a central source for information, help and support on all aspects of the ceramic tile industry." Read more about this project.

Student design in production
BArch (Hons) Architecture graduate Igor Barteczko designed a memorial for the Nottingham Progressive Jewish Congregation as part of his first year project. He has seen his design recently installed at Wilford Hill cemetery.

The project was run as a studio design brief for first year architecture students, by leading local architecture practice, 2hD. 2hD had been involved with the client Nottingham Progressive Jewish Congregation for some time and were familiar with the cemetery site. The architecture program called for a project that would deal directly with the specific, real-world community and their needs, which 2hD incorporated into their brief. Read more about this project.


BArch (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Decorative Arts students combine!
This one day project combined students from the first year BArch (Hons) Architecture and second year BA (Hons) Decorative Arts courses. The students were briefed to design and model ‘a piece of jewellery’ for the Waverley building at NTU.
Find out more about this project.

The Hope Family Centre in Bromyard (community/live project)
The Hope Centre approached NTU for help developing some options for their new site and planned expansion. Dr Tom Hughes of NTU and Sheenagh Davis, the Hope Centre Director set BArch (Hons) Architecture students a choice of two briefs for this project:

  • a 'care zone' building - expanding the childcare and family support resources to include a daycare facility for the 0-2 age range, a creche and three family consultation rooms
  • the 'enterprise zone' - develop the centres support facilities - cafe, teaching kitchen, a multi-purpose room, workshops and offices.

The students’ work was used to generate a public debate about the best way forward for the centre, and as inspiration for the final design.

Final year shows

Final year students take part in the end of year degree show where they have the opportunity to show off their work to friends, family, industry and the general public.

Final year students also have the chance to exhibit at external graduate shows such as Free Range, London.

See the work for yourselves at the architectural design student gallery.

Anthony Green with his winning design
Samantha Moran and Ryan Doran with Peter Westland and Barry Slawson of EMC Tiles
Student presenting model
A student doing some design
Students in discussion
Final Year BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design work
Final Year BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design work
The Hope Family Centre in Bromyard drawing