10 March 2021
Aspiring architect, Bella T. is celebrating competition success for her artistic, forward-thinking view of the future workplace.
Bella achieved second place in the category for 15-18-year-olds, in a competition, held by Cambridge Independent and partners, which invited young people to design ideas for future working environments. The competition received hundreds of entries from over 80 schools in the local area, and Bella’s entry was commended by the judges for ‘a level of artistry in a league of its own’. They also commented on the professionalism of the overall entry and the clever, unique design.
Bella (Year 13) is studying A Level Art and Design, Physics and Mathematics at St Mary’s, and has ambitions to pursue Architecture at University. Her innovative idea shows the future of the fashion design studio, in which technology is being utilised to conceptualise garments in a more spatial manner. By using virtual reality, the designer can manipulate simulated fabrics in the air before them. 3D models can then be sent digitally for clients to review. Artificial intelligence could be used to generate pattern pieces in the most efficient configuration, reducing the wastage of fabric, and additionally to cater to different body sizes. Holographic screens would display mood boards and sketches, immersing the designer in 360 degrees to stimulate their creative process.
St Mary’s would also like to commend Sofia A (Year 12, A Level Photography), who entered a concept exploring technology and concepts surrounding wellbeing and work. She created an office space with three main sections that are fundamental for productivity and wellbeing. Firstly, an isolated quiet workspace where individuals can work independently. This overlooks a private conference room for collaborative work and idea-sharing. Lastly, Sofia blurred the boundaries between inside and outside, using large windows to showcase plenty of green space and indoor planters.
Ms Conroy (Head of Art) and Mr Griffiths (Lead of STEMM AWARD) said, “At St Mary’s we value the opportunity to highlight how subjects can work collaboratively and successfully in developing innovative concepts and ideas. No subject operates in a vacuum, we are all stronger functioning as cooperative rather than independently. Our students recognise this and place value on seeking out cross-curricular opportunities, such as this competition where we see art, technology, and engineering combine to generate concepts of how our future workplaces may look.”