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ABOUT OUR FACILITIES
Our staff describe our facilities
Facilities and resources
Oxford Brookes has first-class facilities, helping you get the very best from your studies. From libraries to studios, you'll find everything you need and we're constantly investing in our services.
The School of Architecture is a vibrant, design-focused place to learn. You will have access to superb facilities and resources to prepare you for professional practice. From the state of art 3D printer and rendering computers with specialist programmes like ArchiCAD and Rhino in our digital studios, to our well equipped School of Architecture print room and workshop, we incorporate the newest, freshest ideas in teaching.
We aim to help you develop your full potential not only as an architect but as an individual with the ability to create solutions and thrive on the challenges of rapidly changing environments. We use a wide range of teaching approaches; from traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials to eLearning, studio-based teaching in our own purpose built studio, workshop based practical work, live projects for real clients in the community, demonstrations and site visits, role-play simulations, problem-solving exercises, group projects and more.
The new Abercrombie building was opened in the summer of 2012 and is where students from our School of Architecture are taught. Students in the school benefit from brand-new, purpose-built facilities and an inspiring working environment. The building houses studios and learning spaces, connected by glass walkways spanning an expansive full-height atrium. The open-plan work areas encourage close working, collaboration and idea sharing between disciplines and year groups. The Glass Tank exhibition space is on the ground floor of the building, providing a prominent position to exhibit university activity and the achievements of our students. The flexible space hosts exhibitions ranging from sculptures and installations, to shows and interactive events.
External connections: Live projects, building visits and links with the profession
Live projects play a big part in how we teach. All students in the School of Architecture are given the opportunity to design and make work for a real client. We have strong links with local authorities,NGOs, developers, local cultural organisations and the leisure construction industry. You will have many opportunities to visit buildings and developments as part of your learning experience. Our active student society, Oxarch organise building visits and weekly lectures by leading international architects and designers. Recent guests include Make, Peter Cook, Stelarc, Hugh Broughton, Paul Smith and Stanton Williams.
Two large open-plan studios equipped for both traditional and digital working form the hub of the educational experience offered by the department open 24 hours a day. Our digital facilities enable students to use the latest high-end software programmes including CAD, Rhino and 3D Studio Max for modelling, together with leading web, image, and movie editing software, all running on a bank of 75 powerful workstations. Equipment and software are updated on a regular basis and are fully networked to digital projectors, a wide range of high-quality printers and plotters, and a laser cutter. In addition pooled rooms for use of programmes such as AutoCAD, ArchiCAD and Photoshop are available throughout the university for student use.
AB305, 3rd floor Abercrombie
The Architecture Print room is run by Marcelo Gunther and is open between 9am-5.30pm on most weekdays (closing at 4pm on Friday).
The print room has the following facilities:
- A0 plan copier/scanner/black and white printer - available on plain or tracing paper.
- Colour plotters - a large-format reproduction of high quality digital images. Available on either matt or semi-gloss paper, from any digital image file sent from the nearby Digital Studio, A1 in size or longer.
- A0 guillotine
- Equipment for plastic comb and wire binding
- SLR cameras, digital cameras, tripods, lenses and a video camera all available for short-term loan.
- 3D printers for the production of scale models.
John Payne building
The workshop is run by Joel Chappell and is open every weekday from 8.30am-5pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm). It provides a dedicated space for machining/joining materials, mainly wood/composites, and bench space for laying out projects in progress. There is also a laser cutter. The in-situ machinery consists of a wide range of hand tools and larger circular saws and band saws, laths for wood and metal turning. Metal working, other than on a small scale is catered for by arrangement with other sections in the school.
The School maintains a dedicated and well equipped technology laboratory suitable for structures tests and demonstrations in steel, concrete and timber. The laboratory includes several large reaction frames, concrete mixing and casting facilities and cladding testing equipment
The university library has one of the best architecture collections in the UK, with 340,000 books and 2,400 journal titles, plus a wide range of electronic resources, databases and catalogues. The architecture collection is managed by Geoff Morgan, the full-time Academic Liaison Librarian for Architecture.
Click on the link to start our virtual tour of the faculty. Explore the architecture specific facilities and see what it's like to study at Oxford Brookes.