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  • Suzi Darbyshire: Architectural Technologist

    Full time employment and part time student. Follow my views and opinions on architecture and planning. Follow my progress through the final stages of my degree, including the highs and the lows, the dead ends and the designs.
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Production Information Review

Last Friday I completed my production Information Review, one of the final stages of my degree. The review was very beneficial, as we was joined with John Williams (CIAT). It allowed us time to explain our project to someone who had no previous knowledge to what we was doing, and receive feedback on our design, … Continue reading

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Keeping up to date with regulations…

We all know technology is advancing day to day, with the implementation of smart phones, watches, and different systems we use to control our homes. But we also need to take time to look at how regulations, policies and codes of conducts are changing. Whether these are building regulations, planning policies, or the code of … Continue reading

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Architectural management: Fee proposals

My design project is quite innotive and I’m struggling to get my head around how I would estimate a fee for my project. The problem that I face is that unlike most projects, mine will not have a completed building at the end, as one of the main principals is that it’s adaptable throughout its … Continue reading

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Frame Work

FrameWork: Joe Mepplelink, Adam Janusz, Onesieme Mouton, Wyatt Frantom This was my favourite design that I found in The Home House Project book. It wasn’t because it was the best looking, but was because of the detailing and relevance it had to my own project. The first thing that attracted me to this project was … Continue reading

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ATDS17 – Degree Show

It’s nearly time for the degree show… 15weeks 4days Or 109 days to make it sound a little less scary.  It’s the 9th June 2017 to be precise. It will be the final stretch for 8 of us currently on the Architectural Technology course at UCLan.  We are currently thinking of ideas of how we … Continue reading

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Technical Review

Just completed my technical review… and whilst there is still progress to be made, I am beginning to understand how my building works, and is detailed.  The problems I have faced, are being slowly being solved and all in all my work is progressing. The next few weeks will see me focuses on; Environmental strategy … Continue reading

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Environmental strategys…

A environmental strategy should be something that is implemented at the first stage of a design. This allows the Client, Architect, Planners and Contractors all work together to create a effective and sustainable environmental strategy.  But I hold my hand up… the environmental strategy in my project seems to have become a ‘after thought’. I … Continue reading

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It’s all the detail

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on the detail within my project…. It’s taken me outside of my comfort zone,  and made me think outside of the box. Day in day out I build in traditional methods, brick, block, trusses… standard designs, methods and structures. But my idea is firstly prefabricated, and secondly … Continue reading

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Feedback and comfort zones…

Last Friday we had our Design and Development Review, and it is safe to say it was a tough week. I wasn’t feeling too optimistic with my review, as I felt I was missing critical parts of the design, and more so the sections. The main reason for this is because so far I have been comfortable … Continue reading

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Going back to the start…

The design process can sometimes be a mix of emotions. You start with a concept, this can be taken from a Clients brief or a idea. You then analyse the concept, start designing, sketching, get to a point where you think ‘I am getting somewhere here‘, and then realise you need to go back to the drawing … Continue reading

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