+3A Director Matthew Margetts currently tutors final year BArch students at Newcastle University. The students undertake individual ‘thesis’ projects for the year in which they define their own specialised area of study. Again this could be based on a specific site, building type or abstract agenda. Under each studio system, +3 Architecture has been able to jointly explore and develop ideas, methodologies and approaches relating to architecture and urbanism which directly inform the way the practice undertakes projects. In return, +3A have been able to offer students projects that tackle current issues and in locations where their work has real, tangible relevance. We have also been able to create opportunities for students to present their work directly to private and public sector stakeholders which have been of great benefit and interest to both parties.
The pilot project known as GRAD (Graduate Retention and Development) was set up by Northern Architecture, along with +3 Architecture in order to provide Part I and/or Part II Architecture graduates with a space in which to develop their skills and continue working on their portfolio.
The GRAD programme has drawn to a close after four successful years. It has been the victim of its own success after all of the graduates participating in the programme gained employment. A selection of projects undertaken through the scheme can be found on the archiGRAD website.