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Critical Subjects Applications

An open competition will be launched in February 2014, judged by an international jury, to find the best students to attend this Summer School.

To win a place at this residential Summer School, you must submit your response to the statement:

“There’s nothing modern about Modern Architecture”

Submission must be received by 7th May 2014 and can be either by slideshow or a short film attachment, as follows:

1. Slideshows should be 5 - 10 pages containing max 200 words with images. Submissions should be either a PPT or Pdf file.

2. Films should be no longer than two minutes and may include animations and a soundtrack. Submissions should be on a mpeg4 file.


Submissions should show off the entrants’ understanding of architecture and design but also of other contemporary debates, social issues, political perspectives and intellectual nuances.

Include the following in the email (with “Summer School Entry” in the Subject box): Your name, Age, Year of Study, University/College, Address, Email/Phone and include a copy of your student ID (word, pdf or jpeg) to show that you are in university/college and studying architecture, engineering, design or related subject. Students who are on Year Out studies should present some other official confirmation.

Send your entries to:
(include SUMMER SCHOOL ENTRY in the Subject box).

Submissions must be a .pdf, .PPT or mpeg format with copies (pdf, jpeg, etc) as an attachment. Total file size must not be bigger than 2Mb

Submissions close on May 7th 2014.



Judging will be carried out (by a distinguished international jury of practitioners and academics) between 7th May - 20th May. Judging will be blind - that is, the names, schools, gender and age of each entrant will not be visible to the judges. Each entry will have at least two judges’ comments for the purposes of balance.

The judges are looking for quality, integrity, originality, coherence and intellegient argument. These criteria are, in some senses, not ‘measurable’ and the judges will exercise their skill and judgement and avoid personal bias. Students will be notified if they have gained a place at the Summer School as soon as possible after judging (at least by end-May).

Spaces for this Summer School are limited, so if submitting, please keep the week of 13 - 19 July free.


Payment and attendance

The Summer School costs £240 for the week, including accommodation. An eminent, international panel of leading architectural commentators, academics and practitioners will review students’ projects throughout the week. During the course of the Summer School students will be required to defend - rather than justify - their work using the armoury of argumentative styles and ideas garnered over the course of the week. Students therefore must be prepared to play an active part in proceedings.

A payment portal will be made available on 21st May. When notified of a successful award to attend the Summer School, your payment is required within 7 days.

Apply to join the Critical Subjects Summer School






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