Micahla de Cann

Lecturer in Visualisation, Architectural Technology Undergraduate programme

School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Email:
micahla.decann@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
0121 331 7483

Micahla has been a lecturer in Visualisation since 2010.

Micahla has a broad professional background in design, craft production, renovation and alternative education. She worked in alternative, craft based education, and residential facilities, tutoring in subjects such as silversmithing, woodcarving, woodwork, and leatherwork, which are amongst a number of crafts she is proficient at. She has worked as a painting and decorating team leader helping to convert a disused Glassworks factory into a functioning educational facility over a two year period. Her work in such establishments evolved into education administration roles and educational material production.

Micahla has worked as a researcher for the Prince's Foundation in Shoreditch looking at the design of a craft apprenticeship scheme. She previously studied at the foundation in its earlier guise of Prince of Wales School of Architecture, having intensive hands-on training in building and architecture arts, including, amongst many others: legibility and letter carving in stone; keystone carving; ironwork; classical design; ornamentation and plaster casting.

At this time she had the opportunity to be taught by key figures in their respective arts and architecture fields, such as a Spitalfields project with Dan Cruickshanks, and a classical folly project with Robert Adam of ADAM architecture. She also listened to Dr Paul Oliver give a Hepworth Lecture about vernacular architecture entitled 'Accommodating the world' which made a lasting impression and was the precursor to her MA studies.

Earlier work has included theatre and carnival costume construction with Mahogany Arts in London helping in to produce costumes for theatre, carnival and special events, such as the Millennium Dome opening and Singapore Chinese New Year where she ran workshops in carnival costume construction.

Micahla streamed arts training from her teens and her first university undergraduate studies were in drawing, sculpture and photography. She is an accomplished freehand sketcher.

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