Alumno have invited students from the FdA Interior Design course at Chelsea College of Art and Design to study the proposals for the development of student accommodation/mixed uses in Stratford, east London as part of their course work. We asked the students to consider existing living formats and housing typologies, and provide a detailed design proposal as part of their coursework. In order to encourage healthy debate and competition the proposals will be judged on overall creativity with an overall winner then selected.
The first step was for the students to visit the site itself and explore the neighbourhood and local context of the scheme. On 20th February Russell Clayton of the project architects, MJP along with members of the Alumno team presented the proposed scheme to the students. The students were then invited to ask questions relating to the history behind the proposed scheme, its design and the other factors that need to be considered with a student housing development.
The students will present their ideas to Alumno and Russell after the Easter holidays, and a winner will be announced!
As part of Alumno’s approach with all of its developments, partnership with universities and key stakeholders, student involvement in the development process is crucial. We are excited to be involved with the Chelsea College of Art and Design and believe that the students will benefit from the exposure to a real live development project. Interaction with professional architects and developers is a great opportunity for the students and offers Alumno the chance of first hand feedback from the ‘end user’, the student.