Rainer Townend

Architecture, BSc (Hons)

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About me

Having trained as a joiner and furniture maker, I decided to change direction and study architecture.

After successfully completing a foundation degree course in architecture at UCLan, I enrolled on the undergraduate degree course.

In addition to my studies, I work part time as an Architectural Assistant at Studio John Bridge in Preston. The opportunity to do this came from an award of 2 weeks work experience I received from the course following my foundation year.

During this time, I also won a competition to create a pavilion for Preston’s Lancashire Encounters Festival in Winkley Square along with the opportunity to take part in the Nicosia City-zen Roadshow in Cyprus.

It is my hope to continue my studies in architecture with an emphasis on sustainability and materiality within the architectural field.

Temple of Antithesis The word ‘Temple’ has many connotations in different scenarios but the process of gathering to educate or experience a common cause is key. I wanted to create a temple to raise awareness of the problems pollution of the seas creates. The temple is designed to educate and promote change. Made-in-Blackpool The Made-in-Blackpool project highlighted the economic problems facing this seaside town. My solution was a locally produced Blackpool based board-game presented in a high-quality box. Manufacturing of the souvenir is through an apprenticeship scheme, increasing lifelong, transferable skills, whilst spreading the joy of Blackpool to the world.

Keywords: Architecture, Blackpool, Student, Sustainability, Made in Blackpool, Temple of Antithesis, Donkey, Make a Change