Welcome to the 2020 Department of Architecture Showcase

Tim Sharp On behalf of everyone in the Department of Architecture I would like to extend a warm welcome to this showcase of work produced by the students of the University of Strathclyde Department of Architecture. Traditionally the degree show is a physical marker of both a beginning and an end. The end of a year, and for some the end of a degree. But it is also the beginning of a new year, a new career, a new life. This year it is all those things, but perhaps also a record of these extraordinary times and maybe the moment when we started to see the prospect of a return to normality. We are pleased and proud to give you this opportunity to show your peers, family and friends, and employers what you have achieved.

It is no exaggeration to say that this has been an exceptional year in so many ways. But what is especially noteworthy is that what has remained consistent in the face of so much change is the quality of the work that has been produced.

When I started as the new Head of the Department back in February, there was still snow on the ground, and I was ready for a change and up for a challenge. But I had no idea what was to come and neither did you. For many students this has been a very difficult, challenging, sometimes lonely and often stressful time. But what has shone through is your resilience, fortitude and a commitment to produce the best work possible, and this showcase is a testament to that.

Looking forward we have many challenges to face. There are the immediate tasks of reconnecting, returning to work and study, preparing for a new semester, new ways of learning and living. There are also bigger agendas, of climate change, equality, and health that must be addressed. But what this period has shown is that we can adapt, we can survive and we can flourish. This is evolution, this is how we become stronger.

So this is an opportunity for me to say thank you. Thank you to the students for working with us during this period, and being a pleasure to teach. And a thank you to all the staff who have demonstrated professionalism, adaptability and above all commitment to your students.

This is Class of 2020.

Professor Tim Sharpe