Live projects

These projects aim to provide students with real-life learning experience in the industry, collaborating or consulting with an external client. They vary in scale and outcome, from practical completion to public consultation. Where possible, many of the projects are integrated as part of teaching modules.

Case Studies

BAA Showcase

Client: RIBA WM & Birmingham Architectural Association
Type: Design and Construction
Budget: £2,000
Date: 2011

What’s on your drawing board? As part of Birmingham Architectural Association’s Made in Birmingham 2011 series, SHOWCASE exhibited current work of local architectural practices and architecture students. The BAA collaborated with the School to design and implement an exhibition system in Trove Gallery at the old Science & Industry Museum building.

Hayes Bridge

Client: Friends of the Hayes
Type: Design and Construction
Budget: £5,500
Date: 2009-2011
with support of St. Modwen's Environmental Trust

A live project for the design and construction of a small footbridge in Stone, North Staffordshire. The students sourced timber from the adjacent woodland prior using entire logs as the main structure. The design incorporated an interpretive approach in dealing with raw construction materials. The project was submitted for the AJ Small Projects award. View the full document.

Birmingham House

Client: Birmingham City Council
Type: Research and Consultation
Date: 2009

The Birmingham House project was part of the Big City Plan. Its purpose was to develop a new housing typology to support the creation of a smart neighbourhood that reflected Birmingham’s diverse identity. The process integrated student learning with public participation, resulting in a 62 page report submitted to the client. View more information on the Birmingham House project.