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Beyond ‘A Simple Expo’: Maltese Architecture Students Present Their Works To Industry Professionals And Public

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Students from the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta are looking to secure their position as a valid resource for local development with a brand new Architecture Student Expo.

The expo showcases select works from students across the faculty, from diploma level to Masters theses.

Open to the public all weekend, the expo covers works from all strands of the faculty

Namely urban design, conservation, structures and design. This expo has been an annual event for a while now, but prior to this year, only the final theses works by Masters students were showcased.

This year, SACES (the architecture students society who are responsible for organising this event) decided to open it up to students from every level, starting at diploma, across the three-year degree and up to Masters level.

All the Masters works were presented, whilst works from the other years were chosen specifically by lecturers. A launch event was held on Wednesday 9th October, with a massive turn out made of students,  lecturers, and professionals.

But SACES wanted to take it a step beyond “a simple exposition”

The launch of the expo included talks by several notable individuals, such as the Faculty Dean Prof. Torpiano, and SACES President Adam Micallef. Addressing guests, Micallef expressed their aim to use this exposition as an opportunity to “create a relationship between the public, professionals, stake holders, decision makers and the student community”. They want to present the work of their students as valuable to the community; a step beyond a ‘simple project’.

“Each year, hundreds of architecture students put effort into coming up with creative solutions to problems our planners face at present, in an environment which encourages thinking out of the box. We want to transform the ideas, passion and hours of work into a resource benefitting the public.”

Organisers of the expo: SACES President (Adam Micallef), Vice President (Valentina Vella Falzon), and KSU PRO (Thomas Mifsud)

Organisers of the expo: SACES President (Adam Micallef), Vice President (Valentina Vella Falzon), and KSU PRO (Thomas Mifsud)

Guests were also treated to an address by Professor Alex Torpiano; Dean for the Faculty of Built Environment and Head of the Architecture and Urban Design Department.

Speaking to guests, Prof. Torpiano expressed that he felt like his “dream had come true”

The Dean stated that seeing students present their works as viable contributions to local development, being observed by professionals from the industry and scouts, is something that he has hoped to see for many years.

Speeches were also delivered by the two winners of the Premju Galizia for theses and dissertations.

SACES hopes that this expo, which will be returning on an annual basis, serves as motivation for current and aspiring students.

As well as providing inspiration for future projects and an opportunity to introduce graduating students to the professional world of design, architecture and development. The Architecture Student Expo was supported by a variety of companies and foundations, including il-Kamra tal-Periti, Heritage Malta, BNF Bank, Vella Falzon Building Suppliesand the Ministry of Education and Employment.

The Architecture Student Expo is open to the public until Sunday 13th October

At the Vendôme Bastion in Valletta, and entrance is free. So if you’re considering following an architecture course, want to check out some new works, or just want something different to do this weekend, you know what to do. 

 

 

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