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First MOBIE cohort showcase ground-breaking home designs

23 August 2019


Ground-breaking developments in architecture and design have been showcased at Teesside University’s first ever MOBIE degree show.

Architect and television presenter George Clarke, who founded MOBIE (Ministry of Building Innovation and Education), praised the eleven students who have just completed the MSc Advanced Home Futures.

Work on display at the end of year show at MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) included cutting-edge designs for modular living, such as developments inspired by beehives and the interior of a seashell, as well as innovative construction methods featuring 3D printed buildings and sustainable self-build homes.

MOBIE is an educational charity which is spearheading a fundamental change to the building industry. It is focused on raising the design standards, quality and innovation around home building.

The MSc Advanced Home Futures is part of a suite of programmes developed in partnership between MOBIE and Teesside University which take a new look at the building industry and challenge the status quo.

The University is expanding the portfolio of MOBIE courses with a BSc (Hons) Innovative Home Design and Construction which is starting this September.

George, who has hosted Channel 4 programmes, George Clarke’s Council House Scandal, Restoration Man, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Old House New Home, said he was delighted at the progress of the students over the past 12 months.

He said: 'This is one of the most exciting days of my career. This is the first batch of students that have come through the course and they’ve produced some fantastic projects and shown lots of innovation.

'It’s not just the fact that the all the projects look really beautiful, but also that the students have got so much out of it.

Teesside University was bold and brave and the first university to sign up for a MOBIE course and is setting the bar really high for other universities to follow in its footsteps.

George Clarke, architect and television presenter

'They are going to be the first cohort of MOBIE graduates that are going to go out and get jobs in the industry and affect change in homebuilding across the country.

'Teesside University was bold and brave and the first university to sign up for a MOBIE course and is setting the bar really high for other universities to follow in its footsteps.'

Zoe Lainton based her project around the interior of the shell of a chambered nautilus, and used the ‘golden ratio’ to design aesthetically-pleasing student accommodation, with the ultimate aim of improving student mental health.

She said: 'This course has helped me do things I never thought I could. Being able to design a building by myself is something I’m very proud of.'

Emma Bidgood was awarded a RESI Trailblazer as a result of her forward-thinking and innovation on the MSc Advanced Home Futures.

She said: 'It’s a huge achievement because it gets you recognised in senior environments and takes you from that student level to the industry level.'

Professor Mark Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at Teesside University, said: 'The MSc Advanced Home Futures typifies the approach we are taking at Teesside to look at courses which are future-facing, innovative and disruptive.

'MOBIE has been hugely successful with interest from applicants all over the world, so we are delighted to be expanding the portfolio and continue working with George.'