It all starts with years of hard work and dedication, months of preparation and planning, as well as an overwhelming build-up of excitement, all condensed into one quick-fire, jam-packed week of celebrations and opportunities.

The newly-coined ‘Inspired Festival’, comprising of graduate shows across the whole university, took centre-stage once again from the 15-20 of June for the Birmingham School of Architecture, and much like the location of its home in the City Centre’s Parkside Building, the School’s performance was also of the highest level.

The work on show from this year’s School of Architecture graduates was simply remarkable, and what better place to showcase talent than in a state-of-the-art multi-million pound facility with eagle-eyed industry professionals on the hunt for fresh talent.

Student’s pioneering work

A vast range of students’ pioneering work from the School’s nine different courses formulated cocoons of imagination and creativity, all on display in the exhibition area that occupied most of the free space on the fourth floor (not that there was much given the huge turnout of visitors!).

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An array of skills was displayed through the intricate models, striking drawings and unique concepts, shouting out from the rooftops (almost) to the city, the country and the rest of the world that Birmingham School of Architecture is the place to be for any aspiring architect, encouraging and embracing thinking ‘outside the box’.

Hundreds of visitors attended the shows throughout the week, of which many were well-respected industry professionals from the likes of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Warwick-based architectural practice Robothams, the Landscape Institute and the Birmingham Architectural Association.

Private view

One of the main highlights of the week has to be the private viewing that took place on Wednesday 17 June, which gave our talented graduates the send-off that they deserve. They were given the perfect opportunity to reflect on and celebrate what they had produced and achieved, whilst giving them a springboard into the industry and the opportunity to make lasting contacts in the world of architecture.

True to its name, this year’s Birmingham School of Architecture graduate shows really were inspiring, so if you didn’t make it this year, make sure you get inspired at Birmingham City University next year.

For further insight into the week, use #BCUinspired or follow @BCU_BSoA on Twitter

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