Stu­dent ar­chi­tects lay ca­reer foun­da­tion

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Two stu­dents have laid solid foun­da­tions for ca­reers in architecture af­ter win­ning a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion for a spe­cial hous­ing scheme for the elderly.

Cork County Coun­cil chal­lenged sec­ond-year stu­dents at the Cork Cen­tre for Ar­chi­tec­tural Ed­u­ca­tion (CCAE) at UCC to de­sign an in-fill hous­ing scheme for the elderly on a site in the cen­tre of Bantry. The de­signs were re­quired to be cre­ative, in­no­va­tive, long last­ing, and fully dis­abled com­pli­ant.

CCAE stu­dents Claire Cree­don and Lu­cas Dob­bin were chosen as the out­right win­ners and awarded a paid sum­mer in­tern­ship at Cork County Coun­cil’s Ar­chi­tect’s Depart­ment.

Claire, from Cork city, is a daugh­ter of Polly Magee and Patrick Cree­don of well­known ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice Magee Cree­don Ar­chi­tects, and Lu­cas is from the RhoneAlps re­gion of France.

This is the sec­ond year that Cork County Coun­cil has en­gaged with UCC’s CCAE on a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion. In 2017, the lo­cal au­thor­ity of­fered one in­tern­ship to the win­ning stu­dent but ex­panded it this year to two in­tern­ships.

Claire and Lu­cas spent eight weeks working in the coun­cil’s busy ar­chi­tect’s of­fice along­side prac­tis­ing ar­chi­tects, gain­ing valu­able in­sight into and ex­pe­ri­ence of var­i­ous live projects.

County Ar­chi­tect, Mark Collins, said the in­tern­ship af­forded Claire and Lu­cas the op­por­tu­nity to up-skill on var­i­ous com­puter-aided de­sign soft­ware pack­ages, sketch de­sign, and tra­di­tional hand-crafted model skills, and to ex­pe­ri­ence con­struc­tion site vis­its, in­clud­ing to Ban­don, where work on a ma­jor flood de­fence scheme is un­der­way.

“The stu­dents leave at the end of the eight-week pe­riod with a unique port­fo­lio of work that it is hoped will en­rich their ca­reer de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“We were de­lighted to have Claire and Lu­cas with us. Their pres­ence in the of­fice and the en­thu­si­asm with which they went about their work brought a unique fresh­ness to the depart­ment.”

Their ar­chi­tec­tural mod­els, in­clud­ing one of a pro­posed hous­ing scheme in Kinsale and a pro­posed the­atre in Mal­low, will re­main with the Ar­chi­tect’s Depart­ment.

It’s hoped to stage an ex­hi­bi­tion of all the stu­dent projects in County Hall’s foyer later this month.

Stu­dents Claire Cree­don and Lu­cas Dob­bin of UCC’s Cork Cen­tre for Ar­chi­tec­tural Ed­u­ca­tion on the site works of Ban­don bridge in West Cork.

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