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This year OPEN, the annual exhibition of student work from the School of Architecture + Cities, has transformed to become both virtual and encompass a range of events and experiences exploring the possibilities of the new digital landscape. Virtual OPEN began on the 2nd July with the publication of the exhibition catalogue, a film of our students' work, and the start of a two-week programme of webinars and events. These culminate on Thursday 16th July with the launch of an experimental immersive exhibition. Please join us. It's unlike anything any of us have seen before! Enjoy the programme of events, and see you on the 16th in the virtual show.

Professor Sadie Morgan OBE launches the Immersive Exhibition of the School of Architecture and Cities, Thursday, 16th July, in:

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OPEN SCHEDULE

OPEN CATALOGUE

OPEN VIDEO

COMPETITION: OUTFIT YOUR AVATAR FOR OPEN

The legendary 1931 Beaux Arts Ball was a celebration of the future. A celebration of a new age of architecture sweeping the world. This year we will do the same. The Immersive Exhibition opening on the 16th July is a celebration of not only The University of Westminster's students, but of their ability to adapt, learn and produce world class work in the most difficult of conditions. Like all celebrations you'll need to get dressed up for the occasion. In the current circumstances, you'll also need to come as an avatar. We're reinventing the Beaux Arts Ball for the purpose and inviting you to design an avatar outfit fit for the occasion. Make it special. What building would you like to wear?

The competition is open to all, and all the entries will be included as exhibits in the show. The best five, chosen by our panel of esteemed judges, we will 'rig' (as it's known in the trade) and add to our collection of outfits you'll be able to choose from on the night for your avatar. If you're still not sure what we mean, do come back over the next few days, and you'll see more examples appearing.

COMPETITION RULES:

- You are to design only the outfit, not the avatar. We will supply the avatar for you to dress in the Rhino Competition Template.

- In the spirit of the original ball, your outfit must be clearly based either on the work of a celebrated architect, or be based on one of their buildings. (It's an Architecture show!)

- The competition is open to all from Westminster or elsewhere, student or practitioner. And yes, if you are a celebrated architect, you can come as one of your own buildings!

- Entries must be in by midnight on Tuesday 7th July

- Judging will take place on Wednesday, winners will be announced Thursday 18.30, and the entries will be published on the Virtual OPEN site.

Start your design here. Download the template and follow the guide.

Once you have completed your avatar outfit email the Rhino file to office@fabricationlab.london (max 10mb)

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: MIDNIGHT, TUESDAY 7th JULY

THE WEBINARS

Many are worried about looking for a job in today’s uncertain job market The School of Architecture and Cities “Stand out from the crowd: Finding a job in the COVID environment” webinar series will give you valuable insights in how you can maximise your chances of finding a job using digital skills, developing your personal branding and accessing the hidden job market.

You will learn how to:

  • Access the hidden job market
  • Which digital tools will give you the best chance and how to make the most of them
  • What employers are looking for and how you can meet their needs
  • How to make the best impression at an online interview
WEBINAR

Standing out from the crowd: Career Move Secrets | Mon 6th July @ 11.00am BST

Tony Talbot, founder and Director of Mindset Search. Presents: ‘Career Move Secrets – How to optimise your career potential and maximise employment prospects in a digital world’.

What you told us (5 mins)

Introduction + Results of student digital Employability Survey

Career Secrets (45 mins)

  • Topics covered include:

  • How to access the hidden job market

  • Building networks and students

    personal value proposition

  • How to stand out in a crowded market

  • Managing the virtual interview

Discussion (15 mins)

Recruitment Expert: Tony Talbot

Interviewer: Peter Sharratt

Open Mic (30 mins)

(Q + A) Students can ask direct questions relevant to their particular situation

Facilitator: Alastair Blyth

WEBINAR

Standing out from the crowd: Skills + Tools | Wed 8th July @ 11.00am BST

Iram Sial, careers consultant, University of Westminster.

What you told us (5 mins)

Introduction + Results of student digital Employability Survey

Skills + Tools (45 mins)

Iram Sial, careers consultant, University of Westminster. Presents:

  1. University’s Career Services: What help the University can provide including mentoring

  2. Things to focus on in the current climate: Additional or sector specific sources of help and information, self-development, free learning courses, virtual work experience.

  3. Digital Skills Refresh: Personal branding and effectively selling yourself online using LinkedIn | Twitter | Zoom.

Panel Discussion (15 mins)

Panelists: Iram Sial + Alastair Blyth

Facilitator: Peter Sharratt

Open Mic (30 mins)

(Q + A) Students can ask direct questions relevant to their particular situation

Facilitator: Alastair Blyth

WEBINAR

Standing out from the crowd: Meet the Employers | Fri 10th July @ 11.00am BST

Interactive discussion with leading employers in the fields of architecture, design, real estate, media, creative industries.

What you told us (5 mins)

Introduction + Results of student digital Employability Survey

Employers Forum (45 mins)

5 minute statements from employers on what they look for and advice to students:

  • How are their recruitment practices changing as a result of CV-19

  • What do employers look for in students who don’t have a career history?

  • Tips/advice to students on how to stand out.

Panel Discussion (15 mins)

Panelists:

  • Ian Mulcahy, CEO Gensler (alumnus of the University of Westminster).

  • Leanne Tritton, CEO IngMeda (specialist communications company in the built environment)

  • TBC

Facilitator: Tony Talbot

Open Mic (30 mins)

(Q + A) Students can ask direct questions relevant to their particular situation

Facilitator: Alastair Blyth

THE IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION

OPENS 16 . 07 . 2020

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