History will look back at 2020 as an unprecedented time when we experienced a devastating global pandemic that has made us re-evaluate how we live our lives and what is important to us. It is against this unique backdrop that our staff and students have embraced the words of Plato that necessity is the mother of our invention, and have innovatively completed this academic year with such fortitude.
Until now, the phrase “2020” was synonymous with perfect eyesight, and what I see as I look at the School from this lockdown enforced distance is a School of Architecture and Design that is a genuine community, a family that looks after each other, and one where the camaraderie is tangible.
Our students have been as remarkably resilient as the School’s emblem, the scarab, and have reminded me of a quote from former US President Bill Clinton, “It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” They have all fought on, despite the immense disappointment being denied those end of degree moments that are as tense as they are wonderful, that include the Summer Ball, Degree Show, and results day with their friends and tutors. However, I have no doubt that these experiences will stand them in good stead for their careers ahead when they will represent the values of this amazing School and continue to make us proud.
As I’ve just mentioned, unfortunately, we aren’t able to hold our renowned end of year show this year, an event which is the culmination of the year’s hard work for staff and students alike, an immensely proud moment that we are able to share with friends, family, alumni, and industry professionals. However, the show must go on and so we will be exhibiting the work of our talented graduates on this specific show website instead and hosting an on-line awards evening to celebrate with our students, generous sponsors, and industry and community partners.
I hope you enjoy the work and incredible talent on display and we look forward to seeing you in person next year to celebrate in our indomitable fashion!