Student interview results

Back in October you may recall taking part in our on-site interviews. We use informal interviews coupled with a wealth of other creative consultation methods to understand the real, rather than perceived spatial preferences and needs of the people we are designing for and in this instance the Informal Interview process lies at the heart of our creative consultation project for the ‘If‘ project.

If you remember taking part you will also recall either, Scott and Sara who we sent to site to spend two days interviewing staff and students using an informal soft interview style. Over the course of the two days they were stationed at two locations.

  • The Humanities Building – Library Road entrance.
  • Milburn House – Main entrance.

In total Sara and Scott interviewed 87 of you! The data gathered was brought back to our studio where it was analysed and the following charts created to feed back the information to, you the users and the University management. We received some very detailed feedback and are working through this and other consultation information including the polls mounted here on the blog. All of this data will be captured in a report that we hope to submit to the University in December and we have our fingers crossed that this will help to engage peoples interest and build support for a new Humanities Building at UoW.

NB. The figure of 2% has been used as a threshold in the data. This is due to the number of multiple responses in individual questions and the natural low frequency of some of these results. All answers on or below this threshold are automatically included within the ‘Other’ category.




Thanks again to everyone who took part in the site interviews with Scott and Sara the other week. We were delighted with the response. Since then we have been processing the information we gathered from you and we would love to know some more details. The poll questions below have been designed in direct response to your answers and ideas. We would love it if you could take five minutes to give us a little bit more.   If you can’t spare the time right now please do come back – hurry though – the polls will close on 23rd November.




Finally we want to hear what you have to say. Using the comment box below please sum up your vision, hopes and desires for a new humanities building in one sentence. Alternatively tweet your answer to this question to @ifhumsbuilding


Id copy

The subjects of identity and community are always popular in the projects we undertake for universities. Identity is important to most people in contemporary society and we have found that understanding the real, rather than perceived identity of a place is often the route to creating a successful place.

Many new university spaces are being, and have been developed across the country and a lot of these, although pleasant contemporary environments often lack certain qualities and subsequently can be a tad devoid of character. The most successful spaces we know of always express something about the identity of that place and the community who inhabit it.

There are a myriad of ways in which this can be achieved from the architecture itself through to the furniture specification and internal artwork. We are frequently asked to write about this topic and there are two projects in our portfolio that illustrate the point well. These projects are very different yet just over a mile apart geographically.

The first project is a University of Glasgow space. In this project a huge glazed facade looks out onto the wonderful historic architecture of the campus while original furniture borrowed from the period reading room is used to link to the past. Finally artwork constructed from archive and University museum material displays a mixture of achievements, historical events, people and quirky cultural references, which could only be found in this place.

The second project is at Glasgow Caledonian University and provides a strong contrast to UoG. Here the architecture and internal structures have been used to express the concept of a forward thinking, ambitious, even brash place. The internal artwork reflects ideas about landscape, important in a city centre concrete campus, along with more practical references to subjects taught/studied and even some deliberately subversive elements

So how can we uncover the real identity of University of Warwick and in particular the Faculty of Arts and its departments? Responses to our field interviews should shed some light on this and in a weeks time we will be loading up a number of polls to prompt you so keep checking back or if you are feeling particularly inspired please do leave a comment below.