‘Making Architecture’ Beginner/Intermediate

Our popular series of evening classes are now available for booking again. 

Making Architecture  : six consecutive Thursday evenings start 24th October

Would you like to learn about, and experience the challenges of designing a building? This is a focused introduction to a broad subject involving talks and creative workshops based around a simple initial task – to design a small structure for an activity you will choose, in a place you will choose.

“Thank you for opening my eyes further to the development process for architects.”, “A wonderful experience, thank you!” Previous participants’ testimonials.

Developed by architects Oliver Chapman ARIAS RIBA, Mark Cousins ARIAS FRSA and Michael Collins ARB with years of experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students of architecture, this course is an opportunity to study a subject often left off school curricula.

The course is based at Schop, a gallery venue and workplace in Edinburgh’s Old Town, close to Waverley station and the Royal Mile with parking at the rear.

The classes are on six consecutive evenings 6:00 – 8:00pm at Schop, our studio galley, 36 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX.  Email us at admin@schop.org.uk.

A gallery of images from the recently completed courses is available via this link

Places on the course are limited (max. 8 per class) so book early to guarantee a place. Email us at admin@schop.org.uk. The course cost £140 inc VAT for the session of six classes. Please make cheques payable to ‘Oliver Chapman’ and should be posted to us at Schop, 36 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX. Please write the applicants name on the back and include a note of how to contact you.

If you would like more information about our activities or want to just join our mailing list, please email admin@schop.org.uk, or telephone us on 0131 558 7979 to check availability and then let us know your name, address, email and phone number.

Please note that the balance should be paid within five working days of making your reservation.  If payment has not been received within ten working days , we reserve the right to offer your place to somebody else. Only once payment is received in full will your place be reserved. We have a strict policy on cancellations.

Course Structure and Content

The classes are structured around a design exercise that begins with the real starting point for architecture –  the relationship between an architect and a client.  You will suggest an activity (such as a place to eat lunch, read a book or sleep) that, through discussion, will become the brief for a hypothetical small building for another participant to design. Similarly, you will be given a brief from another participant. All will be revealed at the first class.

The course has a balance of illustrated talks, exercises, one to one tuition and reviews in groups. A central part of the activity is model making which takes place in an informal studio environment.

Learning Outcomes

• Improving visual and verbal communication skills through drawing, modeling and public speaking exercises.

• A better understanding of what factors affect the shape of the buildings that surround us including the consideration of; place, materials, form, time, use, junctions, surfaces and meaning.

• An ability to undertake a focused critical appraisal of proposed building developments.

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