First Hand About Architecture: Famous Architect Has Taught Workshop For SUSU Students


South Ural State University keeps working in the frameworks of 5-100 Project. Visits of the leading international professors have become a good tradition. This time, the Faculty of Architecture invited Thomas Kern, the director of Architecture Program at Newcastle University (Great Britain).

Thomas Kern has come to Chelyabinsk with a two-day workshop. On April 3 and 4 students have been absorbed in practical part of the architect job. Professor wasn’t giving too much attention to theory; he tried to get acquainted with the students through their works.

 “Such approach braces you up immediately: your brain starts working quickly and you don’t need a while to get started. You can unlock your potential faster. This is more interesting than a lot of theory which in the end doesn’t always leave space for practice,” a student from the Institute of Architecture and Construction shares her opinion.

Participants were performing tasks of the famous architect. One of the tasks was to interpret a painting. The goal of the students was to push the boundaries of the painting and fill their own sketches with a new meaning.

According to the architect’s words, designers should be good observers, as this is one of the fundamental truths of the profession. It is important to work precisely and fast, try to become exceptional.

This isn’t the first time when Thomas Kern comes to Chelyabinsk. South Ural State University students have been participating in the architect’s workshops for two years. 

“Newcastle University is our long-standing partner, says Tatyana Efimova, Director General of the Study Land Center for Studying Abroad. During his first visit, Thomas Kern has proven to be a highly trained specialist who can find common ground with our audience. We were interested in his second visit. We found out that Thomas is going on tour in several Russian cities, so we’ve managed to invite him to Chelyabinsk.”

On his last visit, the architect demonstrated his projects to students, told them about the spheres of his job: renovation of abandoned buildings, their repeated exploitation and implementation of school construction projects based on innovative planning.

Thomas Kern is an experienced architect and professor, expert in design of educational institutions, environmentally-friendly materials and power efficient houses. He worked in Germany and Great Britain; more than 80 projects have been implemented under his supervision. Thomas Kern is currently leading the preparatory programs at the School of Architecture, Planning and Design at Newcastle University.


Anna Gnevchinskaya, photo by Oleg Igoshin
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