Nominee for Knowledge Exchange Initiative. The Times Higher Education Award, 2019
Practice Award for Knowledge Hub project with NODE, National Urban Design Awards, London. 2017.
Biffa Award, Small Grants Award for Gallery and events space refurbishment, Birmingham Open Media. 2015.
UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Grant for Birmingham Open Media co-working space,. 2014.
Arts Council England grants4arts funding. Birmingham Production Space. Principle researcher: Ruth Claxton, Associate researchers: Sean O’Keeffe, Alessandro Columbano, Mike Dring. 2014
In the Press….
Endorsements from our collaborators the wider public….
“The brief for our Co Lab students was to plan and design a new interior for our Youth Club. They have set about the task, asking leaders, volunteers and members for their thoughts and produced a vision which both they and us, are so proud. An excellent partnership.”
– Trevor Franklin, Club Secretary, The Stonehouse Gang
“For prospective students interested in learning how to practice and design architecture, this is a school worth investigating. The program is structured precisely to help students achieve that balance.”
– ArchDaily article on BSoA and Co.lab.
“A creative energy and inspirational thinking reflecting the very special opportunities of the place leading to beautiful design and construction, all supported by a commitment to raise funding and include local community organisations.”
– Rosemary Coyne, Friends of the Hayes
“Working with Co.Lab on the Flatpack Palais was a pleasure from start to finish. We were really impressed by the quality and range of the students’ ideas, and then by their commitment in seeing these designs through to a finished product which provided a stand-out highlight of the festival as a whole. This will be a difficult project to top in the future! Particular thanks for the skill and enthusiasm in steering the process.”
– Ian Francis, Festival Director, Flatpack Festival