Educating the future

As part of an ongoing commitment to education Peter Norris and Steve Burridge lecture on various courses for the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. By way of encouragement and reward Oculus awards three prizes annually.

Oculus supports education and encourages excellence for the future of architecture and conservation

MSc Course - Conservation of Historic Buildings

Peter Norris has been lecturing on this course for over 18 years and has a particular interest and passion for historic buildings. From 2007 Oculus Building Consultancy has presented an annual prize of £250 to the highest performing student successfully completing the course.

2016 Recipient - Shradha Arora 

The winner of the 2016 Oculus sponsored prize was awarded to Shradha Arora.

Previous recipients

  • 2015 Recipient - Zachary Osborne
  • 2014 Recipient - Jonathan Vining
  • 2013 Recipient - Judith Mosley
  • 2012 Recipient - Sophie Rahm
  • 2011 Recipient - Emma Green
  • 2010 Recipient - Sam Hale
  • 2009 Recipient - Vanicka Arora
  • 2008 Recipient - James Russiello
  • 2007 Recipient - James Hall

 

 

Architectural Studies Course

The Oculus Team lecture to 4th Year undergraduates studying for a BSc in General Architectural Studies at the University of Bath and provide one to one studio tutorials.  Peter Norris lectures to students on the 6th Year March course and provides one to one studio tutorials. The aim is to ensure that graduates are well versed in the implications of the Building Regulations when they join the construction industry.

By way of encouragement and reward since 2008 Oculus has presented an annual prize of £250 to Second Year students for the ‘Detail Design' Unit of the Architectural Degree Course. The recipients of the prize are selected by Teaching Fellow Dyfed Griffiths of the University.

2014 Recipient Megan Cumming

The 2014 Oculus Prize was awarded to Megan Cumming in May.

Previous recipients

  • 2013 Recipient - Jakub Ryng
  • 2012 Recipient -   Devant Asawla 
  • 2011 Recipients - Agnieszka Zielke & Christopher Jones
  • 2010 Recipient -   Daniel Holmes
  • 2009 Recipient -   Phai C Vittayavarakorn
  • 2008 Recipients - 1st Prize Nathan Ovens & Runner Up Marta Ferreira

The Oculus European Study Trip Project Prize

Since 2011 has provided a prize of £500 shared between the winners from the 3rd Year BSc architectural course.

RIBA Professional Practice Part III

Peter Norris lectures annually on the Building Regulations and associated legislation at the University of Bath for Course Director Dyfed Griffiths.

Publications:

Historic Building Conservation series of books published by Wiley Blackwell and edited by Dr Michael Forsyth, University of Bath

Peter Norris is a contributing author on the Structure & Construction and Interior Finishes & Fittings volumes.

CASE STUDY
The Walronds, Cullompton

The Walronds is a Listed Grade 1 building erected in 1605. It was originally constructed as a dwelling house but has been used as a meeting house at ground floor level with a maisonette formed within the two floors immediately over the ground floor.  The building was on the English Heritage register of buildings at risk.  The proposal involved the renovation and conservation of the building which includes improvements to fire safety.

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CASE STUDY
Middleport Pottery

Middleport Pottery, the UK’s last working Victorian pottery was originally constructed in 1888 for Burgess & Leigh, a local ceramics company, where beautiful Burleigh pottery was produced using extremely rare skills.

In 2011, United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation Trust (UKHBPT) embarked on a long journey to save the site from closure and to protect the complex that houses historic machinery, archives and collections of the past. The traditional industrial factory and its original function have been conserved, repaired and regenerated for community benefit. The areas of museum demonstrate the skilful process being undertaken in a traditional manner. 

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CASE STUDY
Knole - Conservation Studio

The Conservation Studio is a new facility dedicated to conserving historical objects of the Knole collection. Located in a medieval barn, the Studio has been carefully converted into a two storey building with the original pitched roof profile having been restored after a fire in 1887. The new purpose designed Studio will offer an insight into the work of conservators and their important contribution to the conservation profession. Visitors will be able to observe specialists from multiple conservation disciplines in one location, and gain insight into a world rarely seen from behind closed doors. 

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