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Past student developing the future of campus

Many Newcastle graduates help play a role in the University's future. Architecture graduate Fausto Pereira is one graduate who is – quite literally – developing the future of campus.

In March 2017, the University will open a new Building Sciences lab. Spread over three floors and 18,000 square feet, the extension will provide enhanced workshop and design space for architecture students.

Fausto (BA Architecture 1990, Cert BArch/Certificate 1993, BArch 1995) is Director of Durham based PH Partnership who are developing the lab. He first graduated from the University in 1990 and still has fond memories of his time here.

He said: "There was a real sense of community within the School and close friendships were quickly forged, not only within your year group but also with other years.

"I have fond memories of Professor Andrew Ballantyne who was one of my first year tutors and taught several modules in later years. A colleague and I once accompanied him on a trip to Belgium to present work from a previous visit and it was good to engage in conversation outside of the academic environment. It was fantastic to catch up with him recently after a few years."

Collaboration

Work on the £2.4m project is already under way.

The new lab is based on a concept design developed by Design Office – a design consultancy based within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape – with whom PH Partnership is working closely with.

Fausto's links with the School have also involved teaching and inspiring the next generation of architects too. He said: "I am pleased to have maintained contact with the School. I had some input into the Graduate Certificate in Architectural Practice over the past few years, including teaching a small module on Accessible Design."

Inspiring a Generation

Speaking about the new Lab, Professor John Pendlebury, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape said: "Newcastle University prides itself on the employability of its graduates.

"It is crucial that our students are provided with fit for purpose learning facilities. This new building will allow students on design-led programmes to hone their practical skills and will be a wonderful addition to our facilities."

Fausto agrees saying: "The structure of the Architecture course has evolved since I attended, in particular the higher number of students attend each year. As such, it is important that investment in the facilities available to students occurs so that the quality of teaching can be maintained and the school develops quality graduates who are able to contribute positively to the architectural profession."

An artist's impression of the new Building Sciences Lab.

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