OPEN 2022

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OPEN 2022

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ISBN 978-1-8383870-0-6 Cover image Joyee Lee Designed & produced Clare Hamman First published June 2022 Printed London

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OPEN 2022




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Technical Studies


AED Technical Environmental Studies


AED Second Year


AED Third Year

Digital Design Fabrication Lab Co-Design Workshop Westminster Architecture Society

BA Interior Architecture 20 24 30 36

BSc Architecture & Environmental Design

Cultural Context

Introduction and Process Interior Architecture First Year Interior Architecture Second Year

BA Architecture [RIBA Part 1] 86 90 104 132


Introduction and Process

48 52

Architectural Technology Second Year Architectural Technology Third Year

BA Designing Cities 58

Introduction and Process


Designing Cities Second Year


Designing Cities Third Year

First Year Second Year Design Studios Third Year Design Studios

MArch Architecture [RIBA Part 2]

Interior Architecture Third Year

BSc Architectural Technology

Introduction and Process

168 172

Introduction and Process MArch Design Studios

Department of Architecture 238 240

Staff Sponsors

OPEN2022 IS OUR celebration of a year’s creativity, and the achievements of our community of students and staff; and for the first time in three years, it’s wonderful to be able to throw a party and welcome all our friends and families back to our Marylebone home. The exhibition shows how after so much disruption we have rebuilt our community and reestablished our studios as joyful places full of creative serendipity, as places in which to spend time together learning and exchanging ideas and skills. It’s also a new kind of OPEN, with the physical show combining with a digital twin through which we can share our work with an extended audience all around the world – a reach that we could only have dreamed of in 2019. The School remains committed to our Polytechnic inheritance of offering ‘a transformative higher education for all’. The Department of Education has ranked us first of all UK Schools of architecture for social mobility, while at the same time we welcome students from all around the world, to create a mix

of views and approaches that forms a key part of our contribution to contemporary architectural culture, and to meeting our planetary and societal challenges. Our experimental design and research, inclusive place-making and transport, and low-carbon building are proving more important than ever as we recognise the built environment as continuous with the living world. Work that we do in close cooperation with the world of practice, with myriad practitioners teaching in the School – and employing our students. Thanks are owed to many for OPEN. To our campus team led by Kow Abadoo, Chris Meloy and John Whitmore. To François Girardin, David Scott and the Fabrication Lab staff who have helped build the physical and curate the digital exhibition. To Mirna Pedalo who curates our and social media. To Clare Hamman who has designed and produced the catalogue and film. To Daniel Scroggins who has helped organise seemingly everything. Above all, thanks to our students and the staff. Perhaps by next year this will feel normal again. Please enjoy the show. Harry Charrington Head of the School of Architecture + Cities


Welcome to OPEN 2022

Beyond the Studio | Cultural Context

Cultural Context Nick Beech (module leader CC1) is an architectural historian and teaches history as part of a wide range of material cultural practices. Kate Jordan (module leader CC2) is an architectural historian with research interests in gender, heritage and faith architecture. Ben Stringer (module leader CC3) teaches design and cultural context. His recent publications focus on ideas about the rural.

ON THE BA Cultural Context programme students progress through one module per year: CC1 A History of Architecture, CC2 Architectural History and Urbanism and CC3: Dissertation. After a year of online learning, CC1 was able to return to in-person explorations of the history of architecture, including site visits to architecture and urban developments across London. From the remains of Londinium to the architecture of late 20th century financial institutions in the City, students visited ancient temples, churches, villas, ordinary houses, offices, and civic arts centres. As in previous years, students tested different perspectives on the diversity of architectural cultures throughout history and across the globe, presenting their own interpretations in written essays and verbal presentations based on evidence – buildings, drawings, photographs and texts – sensitive to specific cultural and environmental conditions. This year CC2 comprised a series of walks, lectures and seminars, examining themes that included gender; environmental sustainability; heritage; regeneration and gentrification; and cultural identity. The curated lecture series introduced active research in architecture and urban studies and students produced group workbooks

that reviewed and analysed these lectures. The live guest lecture series introduced a range of critical methods, such as oral histories and interviews, archival research, and ethnography, which students applied to their final essays. Students had guided visits to sites and exhibitions and also selected their own case studies to explore independently for the presentation assessment. In CC3, students choose, research and write about their own topics for their dissertation. This is done with the support of seminars, presentations and weekly tutorials. The dissertation is a major opportunity for students to begin shaping the trajectory of their own academic and professional careers. Last year’s COVID restrictions steered quite a few students to accessible London-based topics. Among the many notable dissertations produced this year were: Alison Carrillo Culqui’s study of Latin American cultural influences in London’s Elephant and Castle; Marina Ioannu’s examination of the way COVID changed the meaning of public/private thresholds; Hasniha Thanganathan’s analysis of the Nagapooshani Ambaal Temple in Enfield; Rebecca Weller’s comparison of new market Halls in London; and Mina Gohary’s reading of how East and West Berlin’s identities are manifest in architectural elements.

CC1 Tutors: Susanne Bauer, Nick Beech, Kate Jordan, Maja Jovic, Tszwai So, Mireille Tchapi, Alessandro Toti CC2 Tutors: Nick Beech, Stefania Boccaletti, Kirti Durelle, François Girardin, Clare Hamman, Kate Jordan, Maja Jovic, Constance Lau, Gwyn Lloyd Jones, Diana Periton, Mireille Tchapi, Tszwai So, John Zhang CC3 Tutors: Susanne Bauer, Nick Beech, Davide Deriu, François Girardin, Kate Jordan, Constance Lau, Gwyn Lloyd Jones, Kester Rattenbury, Michael Rose, Rachel Stevenson, Ben Stringer, Victoria Watson, Julian Williams, John Zhang 6

(top l eft) CC1: London's financial district – Lloyds of London [photo © William Warby] (top r ight) CC2: Exploring The Barbican Centre [photo © Clare Hamman] (bott om left) CC3 – Rebecca Weller: Pop Brixton [photo by author] (bott om right) CC3 – Alison Carrillo Culqui: Latin American food shop, Elephant & Castle [photo by author]

Beyond the Studio | MArch Dissertation

Dissertation Richard Difford, Lindsay Bremner, Harry Charrington, Davide Deriu, Kate Jordan, Diana Periton, Shahed Saleem, Ro Spankie, Ben Stringer

THE AIM OF the MArch dissertation is to encourage students to develop their ability to reflect critically, and with a degree of self-consciousness and confidence, on a topic relevant to architecture or urbanism. Each student chooses their own subject but the interests explored emerge out of research that begins almost a year earlier in the first year History & Theory seminar groups. Within these groups the students are guided by tutors well versed in a broad range of interests and research methods, and committed to supporting the individual specialisms and scholarship of each student. A range of topics and a plurality of approaches is therefore encouraged. Ultimately, the ambition is that these dissertations will be distinguished, not by their adherence to any particular methodology, dogma or style, but by their high quality.

Equally insightful, Alcan Zekia’s Following the Stone: An Anthropogenic History of Bath Stone, brings together normally separated histories of Bath stone to position this revered material in the context of contemporary theoretical studies concerning climate change and the Anthropocene. Also of note were Elise Billings-Evans’ Asylum Seekers, which looks at the exploration and documentation of abandoned asylum buildings; Chantal Barnes’ Jacques Road: A Study of the Evolution of Garrison Communities in Kingston, Jamaica; and Zadee Garrigue’s study of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, entitled Gender, Identity & Nature.

This year was no exception and there were many outstanding dissertations produced. Highlights include Philippa Oakes’ Curation & Creation in a Wounded Landscape, which looks at the abandoned coastal district of Varosha in northern Cyprus. Drawing on the experiences of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, this account of Varosha past and present is both fascinating and moving. Persuasively written this study highlights the tension between the very real personal sadness and trauma of those directly affected

The high standard of the MArch dissertations is also evidenced by the recognition they receive beyond the university. Earlier this year, former MArch student, Sharaye Campbell’s dissertation, The Doorstep was featured in the Society of Architectural Historians’ Race+Ethnicity blog post series ( This is just the latest in a long line of successes including several dissertation medal winners and the publication of MArch students’ research in leading academic journals.

(left) Alcan Zekia: Samples of Bath stone for masonry students at Bath College, Radstock [Photo: Alcan Zekia]

(right) Elise Billings-Evans: Derelict building , formerly part of Cane Hill Hospital [Photo: Elise Billings-Evans]


by events in Varosha and the strange fascination that this district now has as a place frozen in time.

Beyond the Studio | Technical Studies

Technical Studies Pete Silver, Will McLean, Simon Banfield, Scott Batty, Aleksandra Cannock, Chris Leung & Andrew Whiting Simon Banfield is an architect, educator and entrepreneur working on projects across the UK. Simon is interested in the hands-on act of construction within the building process. Scott Batty is a sole practitioner architect, teaches technical studies across degree and MArch and coordinates the second-year degree Technical Studies programme. Aleksandra Cannock founded architecture firm TAK Architecture and Design. She teaches students to create architecture grounded in sustainable practices. Chris Leung is an architect and associate professor at The Bartlett (UCL) and tutors environmental design and fabrication strategy for final year degree and MArch students. Will McLean lectures, writes and publishes about the technology of architecture. With Pete Silver, he recently co-authored Environmental Design Sourcebook: Innovative design ideas for a sustainable built environment (RIBA Publishing). Will teaches Technical Studies at all levels and organises the visiting lecture programme. Pete Silver is a practising architect and former building contractor. He has taught at the Architectural Association, The Bartlett (UCL) and the Royal College of Art. He has co-authored five books with Will McLean, including the 3rd edition of Introduction to Architectural Technology (Laurence King). Andrew Whiting is the director of HÛT Architecture. He has a particular interest in education and practice and teaches at Degree and MArch level. He is an RIBA Awards judge, and RIBA Part III Professional examiner.

THE TECHNICAL STUDIES teaching in the School of Architecture + Cities has been designed as a linear progression from first year Undergraduate through to final year MArch. For each year of study, a lecture series underpins the structure of the teaching. In first year, a fourteen-week lecture series is delivered by Pete Silver that sets out an approach to the structure, form, material and environmental principles that constitute the ‘technologies’ of the built environment. In second year, Scott Batty runs the Site Diary assignment that affords many students their first experience of a construction site and introduces students to the Sustainable Design Principles devised by Scott Batty. In the third year Will McLean delivers a lecture series on environmental design – highlighting sustainable approaches to construction, material choices, heating, cooling and remediation.

Materials Buffet

This year saw the launch of the first ‘Materials Buffet’, an interactive seminar session for undergraduate students

which makes use of the materials and models library collected by Technical Studies staff. Material samples were made available to handle and led to many good discussions about material properties and provenance.

Consultant Surgeries

Consultant Surgeries are organised for our final year Degree and Masters students of architecture. This provides students access to professionals including architects (with specialist construction/fabrication knowledge), structural engineering, environmental engineering and materials science.

Visiting Lecture Series

Will McLean organises the Thursday evening ‘open’ lecture series, which highlights new technological developments in the fields of architecture, engineering and environmental design. The talks were simultaneously streamed and attended in person, and featured an international mix of speakers from the UK, Africa and the USA.

Guest Lecturers and Visiting Consultants: Ian Abley (Fire Protection Association), Jan Balbaligo (FACIT Homes), Bruce Bell (FACIT Homes), Henry Burling (Morph Structures), Allison Dring (Elegant Embellishments / Made of Air), Marc Exley (Morph Structures), Carlo Gagliani (Morph Structures), Dr Jim Glockling (Fire Protection Association), Fotis Grammatikopoulos, Kirsten Haggart (Waugh Thistleton), Cath Hassell (ech2o), Dave Heeley (Morph Structures), Thomas Hesslenberg (Elliot Wood), Pedro Hurtado Silva (FACIT Homes), Asif Khan (PAD), Jason Lai (HÛT Architecture), Leslie Lok (HANNAH), Nzinga B. Mboup (Worofila), Steve McCloy (McCloy + Muchemwa), Bongani Muchemwa (McCloy + Muchemwa), Alastair Ogle (Waugh Thistleton), David Rayment (Morph Structures), Ehab Eleana Savvidi (Morph Structures), Rebecca Sawcer (Waugh Thistleton), Ian Seabrook (Laing O’Rourke), Guy Sinclair, Urna Sodnomjamts (HÛT Architecture), Doris Sung (University of Southern California/ Dosu), Ton Venhoeven (VenhoevenCS Architecture + Urbanism), Andy Watts (Grimshaw), Sasa Zivkovic (HANNAH) 10

We would also like to specially thank Teo Cruz who films the evening lectures which are available on the Technical Studies website:

(top) 2nd year student site visit; (bottom) Technical Studies lecture series posters

Beyond the Studio | MArch Digital Design

Digital Design Richard Difford (module leader), Miriam Dall’Igna, Michael Kloihofer, Ed Lancaster, David Scott, Elite Sher

Undertaken in the first semester of the first year on the MArch, Digital Design is a key component of the Architectural Reflections module which provides the opportunity to learn valuable computer skills, and to reflect critically on the use of digital media in architecture. The programme begins with an intense week of handson activity in the Fabrication Lab. Working in groups, the students learn essential digital fabrication skills and familiarise themselves with all the lab has to offer. This is followed by eleven weeks’ of classes each focusing on one particular set of digital tools and techniques.

Students select from a choice of four different groups, each with a different focus and set of interests. The tutors for these groups are drawn from both practice and academia, providing critical reflection on the role of digital technology in architecture along with practical experience and technical expertise. Each group combines technical instruction with related theory and precedents. In this way everyone gets a chance to learn something new and to build on their existing knowledge and experience.

The four groups this year were as follows:

GROUP A: Xpanded Realities

GROUP C: Computational Design

Utilising the VR facilities now available as part of the university's new XR Lab, this group provides an introduction to the use of games engines, Virtual Reality headsets and Augmented Reality in architecture.

Drawing on contemporary scripting and parametric modelling techniques, this group explores the potential for geometrically driven and environmentally responsive computational design.

GROUP B: Digital Craft

GROUP D: (Robotic-) Extruded Reality

Employing contemporary digital fabrication tools, this group looks at adapting traditional forms of making to the digital age.

Utilising the Fabrication Lab’s industrial robots, this group engages in the 3D printing of ceramics and the potential of mass customisation.

Elite Sher

Miriam Dall’Igna

David Scott and Ed Lancaster

Michael Kloihofer


(top) Jo Lee: (Group D); (bottom left) Carl Fletcher: (Group C); (bottom right) Wui Lin Lee: (Group B)

Beyond the Studio | Fabrication Lab

Fabrication Lab

THIS YEAR HAS thankfully seen a welcome return to the unrestricted use of the Fabrication Lab after the lockdowns. We began with a flourish and a grand Masked Ball – acknowledging the continuing use of face masks on campus. MArch students worked in small groups designing and building spatial installations based on diverse international dances, ranging from the Viennese Waltz to the Argentine Tango. For the first time, our introductory MArch workshop took place in Ambika P3, offering a safer, socially-distanced environment as well as an extraordinary space for us to reinvent as a ballroom. Our students once again created marvellous and engaging projects and a memorable experience. The next few months saw a concerted effort to overcome the backlog catching up on the Essentials training courses we offer for each area of the Lab. We’re looking forward to an easier start with many more people now trained for next year. Other projects, re-imagined as digital-only productions, also came back to physical life, notably the Kinetic Architecture Workshop for first year BA and BSc students in Architecture, and Architecture and Environmental Design. They explored the potential of dynamic elements in architectural design, testing ideas through detailed, digitally fabricated models.

Their public exhibition was followed soon after by the first Digital Design exhibition for MArch, bringing together diverse investigations in computational design, VR, digital fabrication and Japanese joinery, and robotic extrusion of clay architectural components. We hope this exhibition will become a regular event to celebrate this innovative work in future.

Two further new projects included an opportunity for visitors to get a first-hand experience of making in the Lab. Our first Maker’s Day was launched for attendees of the undergraduate Open Day to try out our tools and contribute to a contemporary recreation of Cedric Price’s Fun Palace. Visitors helped to create their vision of what a social, cultural centre might be with scale models using card, and metal, 3D-printed, laser-cut and robot extruded props. Finally, global events forced our hand again prompting us to create a ceramic patisserie using digitally created tools to raise funds for Ukraine. There are two further workshops to come: a Finnish sauna to be built by the Thames this summer in collaboration with Sami Rintala and the Finnish Institute; and a computational design workshop in collaboration with Grimshaw Architects. It’s been an especially full and productive year. David Scott Director


(top left) Students creating in the Fabrication Lab for Maker's Day; (middle & bottom left) Kinetic Architecture Workshop; (right) Digital Design Exhibition

Beyond the Studio | Professional Development

Mental Health, Design and Wellbeing: A co-design workshop in two parts

THIS WAS THE second year the School of Architecture + Cities has worked with the Medical School at Imperial College London to explore the relationship between design, mental health and wellbeing. The collaboration includes 650 students from across six courses namely: BSc Medicine, BA Architecture, BA Interior Architecture, BSc Architectural Technology, BSc Architecture & Environmental Design and the Master of Architecture, as well as 40+ members of staff. The project comprised of two one-day co-design workshops, during which 64 cross-disciplinary groups of students reflect on four defined mental health conditions to identify problems and propose solutions for the design of four existing NHS mental healthcare sites. The terms co-design, co-creation, and coproduction all describe an open design process that empowers a wide range of stakeholders to make a creative contribution to the formulation and solution of a problem. With this in mind, the workshops were delivered as a series of tangible tasks that stimulated discussion and restated the importance of

‘hands-on skills’ in both medicine and architecture. These included: asking groups to create word-clouds of what co-production meant to them, imagemapping emotional responses on to different sites, and representing in modelling clay what an ideal mental healthcare space should smell, feel, sound and taste like. Originally delivered online, in February this year with the government relaxing restrictions, we took the decision to hold the design workshop ‘in person’ spreading the students across the architecture studios and P3. The mapping of an online pedagogy back into real space was challenging. For the medical students it meant a day spent in a ‘studio environment’ – for most of them an unfamiliar type of teaching space – while for architecture students it was an opportunity for a more hands-on experience including physical model making. Exhausting, but much more stimulating, the delivery of the workshop in person required staff to accept losing some control of the timetable and the outputs, as after two years of lockdown the 64 groups of students literally took matters into their own hands.

University of Westminster Staff Project Leads: Ro Spankie, Alastair Blyth Workshop Hosts: Diony Kypraiou, Tabatha Mills, Jane Tankard, Julian Williams Design Tutors: Alessandro Ayuso, Susanne Bauer, Stefania Boccaletti, Kirti Durrelle, Elantha Evans, Riccardo Fregoni, Maria Kramer, Will McLean, Paresh Parmer, Adam Thwaites, Paolo Zaide

PALS: Andrea Antoniou, William Beecham, Wajiha Dadabhoy, Jennifer DiezJones, Marta Dziuba, Aleksandra Gutkowska, Akmaral Khassen, Unnati Mankad, Rhea McCarthy, Lavinia Pennino, Lauren Polesel, Lilla Porkolab, Arshana Rajaratnam, Hannah Smith, Anastasia Tsamitrou, Linda Velika

With thanks to: Harry Charrington, Sadie Morgan and all our ‘co-creators’ at Imperial College in particular Project Leads; Wing May Kong and Fiorenza Shepherd Photographs: Chamitha Mudihanselage 16

Beyond the Studio | Society

Westminster Architecture Society Co-Presidents: Sude Yılmaz and Elifnur Uluçay Vice President: Linda Tighlit Events Coordinator: Emerald Sky Henley Social Media Team: Faye Marielle, Robert Trojan Alcantara

The society is created for students with the valuable and generous support of our tutors and faculty. We always welcome new ideas, members, and collaboration opportunities. Please get in touch:

Graphics Team: Tala Alomar, Halima Abubaker, Maciej Przasnyski Researcher: Ana Ivaschescu

WESTMINSTER ARCHITECTURE SOCIETY has been a voice and space for students in the School of Architecture with a common interest to come together. We have carried out discussions regarding global topics of current political and environmental concern as well as working in collaboration with the Fabrication Lab to contribute to the development of the course. In the past year we have hosted a number of lectures with guests from high profile practices like ‘Architectural


Geometry, Tectonism and Game Technology’ by Zaha Hadid Architects, ‘Material Passports and Re-use in Retrofit Projects’ by ORMS, and an AR/VR workshop with Grimshaw Architects. In addition to these talks, we have organised day trips to FabPub at the Mamou-Mani Architects office as well as the Cork House project by CSK Architects, where we were given an in depth tour by the main architect, Matthew Barnett Howland.

(above) WAS visit to Cork House; ( facing page) WAS events

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE SETS a balancing act between place-making and experience design. Ranging from the scale of the building to that of the room, and the interiorities of the urban context of London within which we operate, the course encourages students to study and design spaces from a user’s perspective, challenging them to reimagine existing buildings and relate them back to the community in creative and critical ways. Following two years of the pandemic, we dynamically re-joined our studio, celebrated our return to the city with group visits and extracurricular activities, and studied how the past years affected the ways we live and inhabit space. We explored a range of themes from retail to exhibition design, craft, making, upcycling, and investigated how complex interior environments can be reimagined, reinhabited and sustainably adapted. We reflected on the wellbeing of our communities, explored new types of spaces required to support emerging life patterns, and experimented by drawing out atmospheres and designing new experiences deploying both traditional and multidisciplinary methods. The course has set up strong links to practice that support the students in different ways including the inaugural ‘Interior Matters/Practices’ lecture series

delivered by invited guest speakers, as esteemed critics at student reviews, and the realisation of our subject-specific employability events such as a week-long intensive set of workshops that coach and support students to bridge the gap between academia and professional practice. All the above were made possible through contributions from numerous international and London-based design practices including Perkins + Will, TB Bennetts, Architype, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, AECOM, Amos Goldreich Architects, Studio Sutton, Hassell Studio, Emil Eve Architects, Nicolas Pople Architects, Pardon Chamber Architects, and Gensler .

Cross-disciplinary in its outlook, the course participated for the second year in the ‘Co-Production Workshop: Mental Health, Design and Wellbeing’, held with medical students from Imperial College both remotely and in our Marylebone studios. With guidance from practitioners, clinicians, experts and patient advocates, our group considered how design affects health, and how conditions of the mind and body can inform the ways we perceive and redesign existing NHS interior environments. A ‘live-project’ and transformative learning experience enabled our students to reflect on their own practice by highlighting the importance of listening and working collaboratively in order to meaningfully contribute to real-world issues. Diony Kypraiou Course Leader



BA Interior Architecture | Process


A YEAR OF BAIA,: (far left) Selection of Posters from the ‘Interior Matters/

(top right) L6 student during crit in studio.

(top centre; bottom left & centre) Second-year material

(bottom right) Student visit to ‘Shaping Space’ Exhibition at the Building Centre.

Practices’ lunchtime lecture series.

explorations and making workshop in the BAIA studio.

BA Interior Architecture | First Year

Liz Ellston (Year Lead), Nahed Chakouf, Inan Gokcek, Jo Hagan & Jo Meehan Liz Ellston is an architect, lecturer and environmental communicator with a fascination for psychology of architecture and the interior, people: place, process: pattern. Liz’s experience from 20 years in design practice feeds into her pedagogy, encouraging various ways of learning. Nahed Chakouf is the founder of London-based architectural studio NJ Architecture. Nahed holds a PhD in Architectural Design from The Bartlett, UCL. Inan Gokcek is an interior and architectural designer running Studio Anares. He collects cultural artefacts which he upcycles for various design projects. Jo Hagan is an architect and principal of USE Architecture, a design studio driven by the fine line between pragmatism and pretension. He has taught for 30 years and supplants this with a passionate engagement with contemporary culture. Jo Meehan is an associate of MAS Architecture studio, working on a range of public housing refurbishment projects and small scale sustainable interventions.

YEAR 1: Design Fundamentals & Strategies for Interior Architecture Students: Sara Abdi, Halima Abubaker, Kristelle-Liis Ahone, Manal Ali, Ella Bedir, Ana Bolintineanu, Faye Buela Anyayahan, Hollie Champion, Rama Chams Bacha, Robert Cizas, Yu Qing Dai, Aashman Danewalia, Patriece Daroux Young, Melissa Dinc, Ya Wen Ding, Rea Fernandes, Anna Fernandes Sola, James Frewer, Laiba Gohar, Charlie Hawkins, Yue Huang, Masuma Hussain, Alexandra Hutanu, Assem Izatullayeva, Junjian Kang, Fateme Khaleghi, Nadia Khatun, Jasmine Koomson-Gyasi, Zakia Lessak,

Anna Lopes Giacomazzi, Yana-Maria Manoleva, Alicia McKenzie, Keiran Moore, Marta Nuevalos Camacho, Humeyra Onut, Charlotte Packman, Nanina Rainer, Emma Roescu, Rayyan Saleem, Fatma Sarikaya, Roksana Sobelska, Heidi Solis Hidalgo, Mikaela Tzikakou, Rayhan Uddin, Sara Vannella, Victoria Varjund, Jenny Vasani, Amy Viana Moreno, Yi Yang Wang, Kyra-Paige West, Audrey Wistehuff, Jia Qi Zhao

IN FIRST YEAR students on the BA Interior Architecture course are introduced to underlying concepts and principles associated with the discipline and learn fundamental processes, skills and techniques relevant to conceive, develop, resolve and communicate spatial design proposals. In the first semester students are set a range of assignments and short projects, such as: 2D representations to convey information using collage and timelines; a bread construct to investigate qualities of light and drawing conventions; and a group precedent study to understand intent and architectural representation. Building on these skills they are then asked to design their first piece of interior architecture.

environment. Their location was the Museum of the Home in East London, where makers could demonstrate their work to the public in an interior setting related to domestic scale.

This year, they were challenged to address different types of Makers and their working/living spaces. The first was to design a transformable piece of Makertecture (a combination of architecture and furniture) for a specified maker to inhabit and use as a stand alone spatial

Many thanks: Assemble Studio and Sugarhouse Studios 24

In the second semester, students individually re-ordered the interiors of Hansard Mews properties for a critically relevant programme of specialised repair, repurposing, modification and upcycling of ‘stuff, waste, existing buildings and lifestyles’. Inspired by their visit to the Design Museum exhibition, ‘Waste Age: What can design do?’ and the Shepherds Bush location, burdened by consumer waste but strong in community potential, this fuelled students’ site and context investigations. While developing an understanding of remaking and reuse practices and ecological design, they iteratively investigated materials and techniques with an equally utopian eye.

Fabrication Lab: David Scott, Giada Gonzalez and Kasia Maskowicz Peer-Assisted Learning Assistants: Kirsten Davis, Hannah Hobhouse, Vilde Sand

(top to bottom) Fateme Khaleghi, Kristelle-Liis Ahone, Nanina Rainer, Group Paper Sculpture, Heidi Solis Hidalgo, Masuma Hussain

(clockwise from top left) Marta Nuevalos Camacho, Yi Yang Wang, Alicia McKenzie, Patriece Daroux Young, Mikaela Tzikakou, Manal Ali, Charlie Hawkins

BA Interior Architecture | First Year


(clockwise from top left) Alexandra Hutanu, Fatma Sarikaya, Alexandra Hutanu, Roksana Sobelska, Sara Vannella, Halima Abubaker, Marta Nuevalos Camacho

(clockwise from top left) Alexandra Hutanu, Yi ang Wang, Sara Vannella, Melissa Dinc, Rama Chams Bacha, Anna Lopes Giacomazzi, Halima Abubaker, Sara Vannella, Rama Chams Bacha

BA Interior Architecture | First Year


(top left) Roksana Sobelska; (top centre & right) Manal Ali; (middle & bottom left) Humeyra Onut; (middle & bottom right) Emma Roescu

(top) Manal Ali; (middle) Hollie Champion; (bottom) Jiaqi Zhao

BA Interior Architecture | Second Year

Era Savvides (Year Lead), Alessandro Ayuso, Sophie Ungerer & Jamie Whelan Era Savvides is founding director of creative collective Urban Radicals. Her design philosophy centres around a materially-driven, crafted approach to digital design and the creative use of robotic fabrication within the built environment. Alessandro Ayuso is Senior Lecturer whose studio-based practice and research focus on the intersection of representation, architecture and the body. Sophie Ungerer is an architect with a particular interest in the threshold between the interior and the city. She is currently part of an interdisciplinary project which explores ideas of predictions, death and memory through Blake’s poetry. Jamie Whelan is committed to the creation of architecture that is embedded in the tradition of craft and making. Jamie Whelan Studio focuses on the fundamentals – light, space, material – to help our ambitious clients realise creative solutions to their projects.

YEAR 2: Culture, Alteration, Material and Detail Students: Jose Abreu Gonzalez, Dalal Alabdulhadi, Deema Alrumayyan, Hala Alsaie, Maryam Aniseh, Nada Attar, Naima Augsburger-Salmen, Melisa Aydemir, Reyhaneh Babaei, Nafeesa Banaras, Ruqayyah Baqir, Nida’a Barakat, Madison Barter, Julie Beech, Rabab Bilal, Gabriela Boloz, Mine Bozkurt, Valentina Cazacu, Melissa Comber, Charlianne Constantin, Emily Davey, Malak Elmorshedy, Aswin Ferdinand, Atanas Ganev, Marta Gelo, Daniella Hakim, Barakah Haried, Mohammadamin Hoseiniyekta, Rwzhan Kader,

Nur Kozan, Shromiya Kulendiran, Hiu Laam Pun, Oluwatoni MacGregor, Syeda Mahima, Eliana Mankel, Valeriya Martyanova, Eda Morina, Shima Mousawi, Bianca Paiu, Jayni Pindoria, Evita Puraite, Chi Quynh Le, Sairah Rahman, Danil Ripnar, Ella Sears-Pocock, Gyuldzhan Shyukryuoglu, Tanicia Silva, Ilona Tzompova, Mia Valova, Justina Veiksraite, Anisia Verdes, Yuhao Wen, Mian Wu, Dilber Yesildal, Hatice Zorpineci

THIS YEAR, OUR year 2 students looked for the materially sensuous and the impeccably crafted. Our studio focused on poetic, transformational spaces and interiors that have the potential to become catalysts for change. The year unfolded into two inter-related semesters, aiming to engage students with material experimentation and craft as drivers for sustainable design thinking. This allowed students to explore how small-scale processes can influence large-scale spaces and helped develop a deeper understanding of environmentally-conscious material and crafted modes of operating within interior architecture.

flâneurs, gathering information directly from the urban realm and applying this to the design of meaningful spatial proposals, responding to the needs of marginalised communities within gentrified pockets of London.

In the first semester, we celebrated our return to campus and the city by spreading across London in search of material and immaterial aspects of urban ‘softness’. Through a series of rigorous and playful design processes, the students tested themselves as architectural

Guest Critics: Owain Caruana-Davies, Sindi Dojaka, Paresh Parmar, Ross O’Connell, Corrie-Anne Rounding, Sophie Yetton 30

The second semester was an opportunity to focus on constructing spatial experiences and designing atmospheres for flagship concept stores in the retail sector. Through a series of process-driven material experimentation workshops, students were given the opportunity to develop a personal understanding of a set of seemingly incompatible materials and use this to construct innovative material applications and assemblages that would inform the production of immersive, atmospheric spatial proposals, responding to the creative agendas of emerging London-based fashion designers setting up shop in New Bond Street.

Special thanks: Asena Koksal, Victoria Pearce, Alicia Pivaro (UCL), Alexandra Woods (AHMM), Megan Woods, Tom Wright (Turner Works) Peer-Assisted Learning Assistants: Kirsten Davis, Hannah Hobhouse, Vilde Sand BAIA Yr2: Collaborative Workshop

BA Interior Architecture | Second Year


(top) Eliana Mankel; (bottom) Nafeesa Banaras

(top) Hiu Laam Pun; (bottom left) Evita Puraite; (bottom right) Danil Ripnar

BA Interior Architecture | Second Year


(clockwise from top left) Nada Attar, Anisia Verdes, Anisia Verdes, Hiu Laam Pun, Nada Attar, Nur Kozan, Dalal Alabdulhad

(top) Jayni Pindoria; (middle) Oluwatoni MacGregor; (bottom) Julie Beech

BA Interior Architecture | Third Year

Diony Kypraiou (Year Leader), Sam Aitkenhead, Zoe Diakaki, Ro Spankie, Allan Sylvester & Julian Williams Diony Kypraiou is Senior Lecturer, architect and researcher. Her work explores practices of polyvocalism and performativity in design, exploring analogies staged across theatre, psychoanalysis, interiors and architecture. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK. Sam Aitkenhead is a designer, researcher and maker working across architecture, interiors, graphics and product design. His work explores ways to reduce environmental impact through design and material innovation. Zoe Diakaki is an architect and interaction designer whose work sits on the intersection of architecture, scenography and immersive technologies. Ro Spankie is Principal Lecturer and Subject Lead for Interior Architecture. Fascinated by the role of the drawing in the design process, she has exhibited and published work related to the interior in the UK and abroad. Allan Sylvester is Visiting Lecturer, a practicing architect, and founding partner of Ullmayer Sylvester Architects, a designled multidisciplinary collaborative practice. Julian Williams is an architect and Principal Lecturer and has established the new Foundation Year in architecture and design at the Univesity of Westminster. His research focuses on teaching and learning.

YEAR 3: Spatial Narratives & Thesis Project Students: Nargese Abdulghafar, Nasreen Aideed, Tatiana Akhmetova, Jody Atkinson, Laura Aylen, Alison Carrillo Culqui, Samantha Castrillo, Evie Catto, Izabela Chera, Salome Cheriha, Carla Chisari, Sema Dag, Daniela Galhardo, Khushboo Halai, Amber Harvey, Nikol Kaso, Monica Kayila, Fatima Khan, Julia Knapek, Wiktoria Kulesza, Shouzhou Lin, Jade Litchfield, Niusha Mobasheri,

Sarah Mohammad, Caisha Mohamud, Loren Pacarada, Trevena Reade, Mishaal Shamriz, Hannah Smith, Daria Szablewska, Dilani Thevathas, Asya Tirak,Yaren Topal, Iulia Tutomir, Aldiar Tuyakbay, Mara Von Kymmel, Zhengyao Xu

THIRD YEAR’S SPATIAL NARRATIVES focused on the relationship of body, mind and spirit. Drawing on conditions of isolation, the desire to reconnect with nature, and inspired by the history of Quintin Hogg’s Chiswick Sports Grounds as our site of exploration, the year began with in-depth archival research on the site’s history, followed by a collaborative site survey. Through a series of hands-on workshops, students studied the quality of light and the way it affects wellbeing. They pursued their design ideas by integrating the surrounding landscape to support physical and spiritual activity, and offer moments of comfort, pleasure, and care. Term I concluded with innovative and transformative spatial propositions for the Polytechnic Re-treat, reimagining the existing cricket pavilion as a prototype retreat for students and staff of our university.

devises a programme based on analysis and personal design interests. Ideas are explored through an array of techniques including material experimentation and 3D scanning. The diversity of schemes and depth of speculation is indicated by a sample of project descriptions and locations: ‘Mian’ Museum: A Chinese eating culture and noodle museum in Haggerston Bath; People’s Palace: Transforming a derelict auction house for the Yemeni Community Association in Newport; Secret Garden: Allotment garden and café for the New Horizons Youth Centre in St. Dunstan’s in the East; Dr Martens Inventions Lab: A retail laboratory to tinker with inventions and enable self-expression in Covent Garden; A Virtual Reality travel experience in a redundant department store on Oxford Street; Bespoke Pop-Up: A recording studio for Kraftwerk on Broadway Market; Rewilding the urban stable at Chiswick; The Caustic Beacon: Transforming a historic riverside lighthouse into an immersive, sustainable hub.

The Thesis Project is the main pursuit for Year 3 students. Each student identifies a host building and Guest Critics: Abdi Ai (Ruimte Design), Sam Aitkenhead, Abigail Hinchley (Perkins+Will), Jack Hoe (Studio Sutton), Medhi Jelokhani (Hassell Studio), Anna McNally, David Littlefield, Isabel Raynaud (Imperial College), Adam Phillips (Gensler), Fynla Stallybrass (Foster + Partners), Karan Vadgama (AECOM), Simon Winters (Heatherwick Studio) 36

Special Thanks: Amos Goldreich Architects, Azman Architects, Simon Dendere (TP Bennetts), Emil Eve Architects, Inan Gokcek (Studio Anares), Sean Griffiths, Eleanor Hill, Lewis Huff (TP Bennetts), Benson Lau, Tony Madgwick (School of Life and Sciences), Molly McCloy (BESPOKE), Miguel Noite (WeNetwork), Roman Pardon (Pardon Chamber Architects), Junior Phipps (Conscious Forms), Nicolas Pople Architects, Dain Son Robinson (SDG Coordinator, UoW), Era Savvides (Urban Radicals), Clay Thompson (Perkins + Will), Ullmayer Sylvester Architects, Polly and Kirt Upton (Architype) Nikol Kaso: Resurrection of St Duncan in the East

BA Interior Architecture | Third Year


Alison Carrillo Culqui: Latin American House

Laura Aylen: The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Boat Workshop

BA Interior Architecture | Third Year


Trevena Read: Passwore Edwards Gallery

(top) Daniela Galhardo: Storyboard of the Polytechnic Retreat; (bottom) Tatiana Akhmetova: Section of the Filmic Escape

BA Interior Architecture | Third Year


Zhengyao Hu: Mian Food and Culture Museum

BSC ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY combines specialisms in the technological, environmental, material and detailing decisions necessary to solve architectural design problems from conception to completion. It requires complex understanding of design processes, architectural composition, development, construction technology and management tools, and the effective communication of design information. We have relished the opportunity to return to studio teaching on campus. In the Architectural Technology studio this year, our 1st Year students were introduced to the design development process through a live project for a Children’s Hospice in Kent. 2nd Year students engaged in a community project at a renowned landmark in Peckham with passive design a priority; and 3rd Year students met with clients at a community-led bouldering facility to understand their brief for a larger mixed use complex in the Stratford Olympic Park. In 2nd Year, the design process (including site analysis, research of precedents and sketch development) and the technical report (digital software skills and technical resolutions to building components) work in synopsis with the Technologies of Architecture module, which encourages experimental model making and understanding of passive design theory construction. 3rd Year is broken down into 3 stages: research, development and realisation.

Research Initial research is key in order to understand any constraints that might follow from the site, building use, and client. As the year progresses, technical aspects of the design are investigated, including construction materials and structural considerations. Development With a clear understanding of the design task, students go on to develop individual designs and/or technical solutions. Sketches, models, 3D visualisations and BIM models are produced to progress ideas and as an aid to weekly discussions with lecturers, visiting architectural technologists, architects and other students. Realisation Architectural design and construction are collaborative endeavours, even more so as new technologies are introduced and as building requirements for greater energy efficiency result in greater complexity. Adopting and embedding the Westminster Climate Action Network’s strategy guidelines, communication through sketches, models and technical drawings is of the utmost importance. Architectural Technology students have benefitted from a range of brilliant initiatives over this academic year, including Co-production workshops with medical students from Imperial College, work experience in architectural practices and an alternative live project, technical studies lectures and UN Sustainability Goals workshop – all of which has enriched a thoroughly busy and productive year to be celebrated! Tabatha Mills Course Leader



BSc Architectural Technology | Process


ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS exploring sites, the city and beyond to draw inspiration, for their designs and models. From top left: AT1 visited their site at Demelza Hospice Care for Children in Sittingbourne, Kent. An AT1 student working on their Design Principles module illustrated essay, critically analysing precedents through sketching. AT1 students visiting Rochester, Kent and enjoying an architectural walking tour, including Restoration House, the Cathedral and several Dickensian sites.

AT2 Technologies of Architecture module involved learning model making and laser cutting skills in the Fabrication Lab. The new Design District in Deptford was a great place for AT3 to visit and appreciate the creative spaces with a combination of construction methods. AT3 bouldering at a climbing facility to equip their designs of a new building at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

BSc Architectural Technology | Second Year

Hocine Bougdah, Tabatha Mills & Adam Thwaites Hocine Bougdah is a Senior Research and Teaching Fellow with three decades’ academic and industrial experience. His research interests cover topics aligned with sustainability in design and include low energy strategies; culture and heritage in the sustainable built environment; users’ spatial experience-focused design; and issues of rapid urbanisation/globalisation and their impact on cities. Tabatha Mills is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Westminster where she has taught for 16 years. With 18 years’ industry experience as a practicing Architectural Technologist, she established her own studio in 2005. With a background in projects from residential to healthcare, she brings industry experience into the design studio and is focused on pushing educational boundaries within the specialism. Adam Thwaites is a passionate advocate of Architectural Technology as a distinct profession and route into a career in architectural design. Adam is Senior Lecturer and worked for a series of small architectural practices prior to moving into education. His research interests include the use of timber (CLT) in construction, demountable structures, ‘de-growth’ and energy efficient and sustainable construction methods.

YEAR 2: The Peckham Arch: A community-inspired local development Students: Monisha Abu, Fatma Abubakar, Zeianab Ahmed, Afzal Ali, Sumiya Ali, Syed Yassin Ali, Mihriban Aslan, Mateusz Barcikowski, T’Sean Blake, Sankofa Briscoe Warner, Amjad Butt, Manuel Contessa, Chantel Forrester, Chanjeevan Granenthiran, Pascal Golda, Isaac Grant, Tallulah Griffiths, Mustafa Habibyar, Casey Hendricks Robyn Howe, Muzzammil Jiwabhai,

Zuzanna Jodlowska, Lewis Lautier, Lorenc Lasku, Elany Loveridge, Kate McDonald, Alana Mendes De Oliveira, Yasmin Moshirabadi, Intisar Nadim, Emma Rawlings, Ahmad Sallahuddin, Kristian Ulan, Juan Vera Verduga, Kit Webster

BUILDING ON LAST year’s Peckham project, we set out to explore a community-inspired project in response to the local authority’s attempts to develop the Peckham Arch area into a gentrified mixed-use development. In doing so, we wanted to see what role a designer can play in addressing socio-economic and climate inequalities.

with developing the site. The students made use of these findings and the initial proposed brief to develop their own design brief for a community-based facility offering the opportunity to host social, commercial and cultural activities.

What ensued out of the recent pandemic has highlighted the power and potential of community action to act locally to raise or address the concerns of local communities affected by socio-economic, racial, housing or health inequalities. Our initial research tools included community engagement approaches, ethnographic practices and site analysis to explore the local context. The findings were translated into a series of diagrams that highlighted the opportunities and challenges associated


The initial proposals put forward in semester one were further developed in semester two with a view to offer technical resolution to the architectural proposals whilst keeping in mind the sustainable dimension of what is being proposed. In synopsis with the Technologies of Architecture 2 module, fabrication and testing of technical designs created a deeper understanding of passive strategies and applications.

(top) Zuzanna Jodlowska: Peckham Project;(bottom) Emma Rawlings: Peckham Project

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(clockwise from top left) Amjad Butt: Peckham Project; Tallulah Griffiths: Technical Design; Zuzana Jodlowska: Technical design; Pascal Golda: Peckham Project; Zuzana Jodlowska: Peckham Project; Zuzana Jodlowska: Technical design; Group Project: Structural model

(top left) Tallulah Griffiths: Technical Design; (top right & bottom) Zuzana Jodlowska: Peckham Project

BSc Architectural Technology | Third Year

Adam Thwaites, Tabatha Mills, Jamie Ogilvie & Paul Smith Adam Thwaites is a passionate advocate of Architectural Technology as a distinct profession and route into a career in architectural design. Adam is Senior Lecturer and worked for a series of small architectural practices prior to moving into education. His research interests include the use of timber (CLT) in construction, demountable structures, ‘de-growth’ and energy efficient and sustainable construction methods. Tabatha Mills is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Westminster where she has taught for 16 years. With 18 years’ industry experience as a practicing Architectural Technologist, she established her own studio in 2005. With a background in projects from residential to healthcare, she brings industry experience into the design studio and is focused on pushing educational boundaries within the specialism. Jamie Ogilvie is an Architectural Technologist and alumni of the Architectural Technology BSc at the University of Westminster. Jamie has worked for a number of years within the residential design sector in the UK and received the CIAT Gold Medal Award for London 2018. As an active practitioner, he brings current technical skills and expertise to the studio. Paul Smith is an architect with 27 years’ experience at architectural practice Foster + Partners. Paul has taught on the Architectural Technology BSc for a number of years and brings technical knowledge, experience of many and various projects, and insights into the latest materials and technology.

YEAR 3: Yonder II Students: Fariya Abdul, Syed Ali, Zubair Ali, Nasma Amrane, Lloyd Butcher, Nimra Butt, Nikco Clayton, Regina Dadiala, Isaac Grant, Yassin Hamam, Gus Hodge, Samuel Hodges, Zaheen Ibrahimi, Ayan Jafarova, Karen Lai, Rommel Mangsat, Mohamed Mohamed, Richard Mulamootil,

Jaswinder Nandhra, Aaron Philogene, Jones Pitan, Tarek Sankari Tarabishi, Noman Shahidul, Peter Sotiri, Ben Studd, Kamali Underwood, Laranie Ursula, Ismail Yoonis

THIRD YEAR STUDENTS developed proposals for a climbing gym and co-working space, to be located on a vacant lot that was once part of the 2012 Olympic Park.

Key elements were the design of a dynamic and engaging internal space with reference to the practical requirements of the client. Also, substantial floor to ceiling heights and a visually impactful building when viewed from passing trains on the adjacent railway. Consideration and technical development of passive and energy efficiency strategies were also key to this project and students were required to address each of the eight criteria forming the UoW Sustainability Design Principles.

Following on from a site visit and investigation, students were able to try out the sport and meet with the ‘client’. Students developed ideas via sketching and model making, culminating in the first semester with the development of a concept, general arrangement drawings and design and access statement. In the second semester students developed technical solutions, working drawings and detail drawings.


) Lloyd Butcher:;(top):Concept visualisation; (bottom):Long section

BSc Architectural Technology | Third Year


(left) Peter Sotiri: Sustainability strategy and roof detail analysis & development ; (right) Gus Hudge: Plans and CLT foundation/wall detail

Gus Hodge: Site analysis

BSc Architectural Technology | Third Year


Aaron Dwaine-Philogene: Yonder II – Structure detailing

Aaron Dwaine-Philogene: Yonder II – Design proposal

BA DESIGNING CITIES (BADC) has the ambition to tackle together the multiple challenges of city sustainability, inclusion and resiliency, dealing, meanwhile, with a new dimension of unpredictability emerged with the pandemic. Michael Neuman, Professor of Sustainable Urbanism and member of the BADC teaching staff, recently wrote in ‘Post-pandemic urbanism: criteria for a new normal’ (2021): The new normal is that there is no normal anymore. Since the disruption of our normal lives during the pandemic we have no certainty regarding how and where we will live and work in the future. During the pandemic, we were forced to embrace changes in our daily routines, in the way we live. For the first time in centuries, since at least the Industrial Revolution, if not millennia in some cultures and places, humans have had to live like all the other species on the planet have always had to live since the beginning of evolution on Earth. That is, living day to day, with uncertainty, not being able to plan for the future, and not being able to rely on our customary methods and traditions of living.

In response to this, our course has prompted students to design more sustainable places and futures, to address the challenge of building post-pandemic climate resilient cities, and to develop meanwhile critical thinking and imagination. Through a number of real life projects in the context of changing London


(for example in Greenwich, Hounslow and Newham), studio-based teaching, and industry projects (with INGMEdia, Jacobs, Grosvenor, WSP ), students have been exposed to new problems to solve and new concrete solutions to explore. In early 2022 a team of the ‘Emerging Territories’ Research Group (Krystallia Kamvasinou, Giulio Verdini and Ripin Kalra) received a Quintin Hogg Trust fund to study ‘Students’ readiness for climate and health urban projects’, where also BADC students are involved. The project, which is currently on-going, seeks to explore which interdisciplinary skills the ‘post-pandemic’ new normal will require. By bringing together disciplines such as urban planning and design, architecture, biological science, transport and psychology, the idea is to test new ways of learning and new ways of defining problems and solutions. The result will contribute to innovate the new BADC course which is currently undergoing revalidation, with the idea to create a unique experience for our students and a solid background for the future professionals operating in the field of sustainable urbanism. The best students’ works are generously awarded by JCDecaux. The course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Giulio Verdini & Roudaina Al Khani Course Leaders


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DESIGNING CITIES’ STUDENTS visiting East London for their Year 2 studio; and presentation of Year 3 BADC students Marie Kaune and Emanuele De Angelis at the ‘Emerging Territories: London Lab / Global Hub’ of the

project ‘Enhancing Students’ Readiness for Climate, Health, and Resilience Projects in the Built Environment’ funded by Quintin Hogg Trust Fund.

BA Designing Cities | Second Year

Giulio Verdini & Corinna Dean Giulio Verdini is Reader in Urban Planning and Course Leader of the BA Designing Cities. He is the Co-convener of the Emerging Territories Research Group. Corinna Dean established the Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture. She is a member of the Emerging Territories Research Group.

YEAR 2: Climate Urbanism Studio Students: Mariam Aluede, Lucia Canaii, Melva Costa Gomez, Madhis Hosseini, Assel Irmenova, Ali Khalifa, Marco Mantega, Nicole Pietrucha,

Marisoul Rofail, Edward Rumary, Samira Saeed, Kourosh Shabani Shahir, Amelia Wilson

THE CLIMATE URBANISM Studio investigates how to build up climate resilient and inclusive post-pandemic neighbourhoods, capitalising on existing learning from the COVID-19 outbreak. This is becoming increasingly important in city development and planning in response to the call to ensure a smooth green recovery as advocated by the recent COP26 in Glasgow.

deprivation. The COVID pandemic has also exacerbated these problems. On the other hand, Newham is also committed to a number of promising experiences of local government. In particular, it is experimenting the council’s first permanent Citizens Assembly, which is one of the most innovative processes of ‘participatory democracy’ in the UK. Residents’ views, including the youth, taking part in the Citizens Assembly, has already been incorporated into its Climate Emergency Action Plan and, more recently, a series of recommendations on the topic of ‘Greening the Borough’ has been published. The Council is planning now to develop an action plan aiming to encourage physical and digital access to green space, implement community projects around green space and wellbeing, supporting the development of green infrastructures networks, pockets of green, and the re-wilding of existing areas.

Our Climate Urbanism Studio is based on the application of an integrated analytical and design framework to understand and map city vulnerabilities, in the attempts to address together economic shocks, pandemics and climate challenges, producing meanwhile scenarios of resiliency and design explorations at the local level (Verdini, Dean, 2022). The case study selected for this year is the borough of Newham, in East London. Newham is one of the most diverse boroughs of London, with high level of social

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Students’ work gives voices to people and explore concrete solutions for greening the borough.

Special Thanks: Documentations provided by Newham Borough. Dr Christian Nolf for his lecture on water urbanism in China and Flanders. Studio PAL: Suzana Meziad ) Group work: Exploring the Greenway

BA Designing Cities | Second Year


Lucia Canaii: Images of Three Mills River Lea and Three Mills site

Nicole Pietrucha: Plans for Channelsea Island

BA Designing Cities | Third Year

David Mathewson, Abubokkar Siddiki & David Seex David Mathewson is Senior Lecturer and MA Urban Design Course Leader. He studied at the AA, the University of Texas and Westminster, and has more than 20 years’ urban design and architecture practice experience in the UK, USA, South-east Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Abubokkar Siddiki is an architect and community planning specialist currently working on international development projects in Bangladesh and community planning efforts with Greenwich Council in Woolwich, London. He is also a graduate of the MA International Planning and Sustainable Development course at Westminster. David Seex is a part-time Visiting Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning, and was previously Senior Lecturer at Westminster for over 30 years.

YEAR 3: Planning Policy + Design Intervention Students: Leen Bafakih, Taruna Bangia, Sadiyah Bheekooa, Emanuele de Angelis, Cindy Duong, Giorgiana Fagaras, Naim Hassan, Marie Kaune,

Mugel Khalafalla, Marc Messmer, Berhane Semere, Iliyan Topalov, Zakir Uddin

THIS YEAR’S PROJECT is set within the Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Opportunity Area Planning Framework, one of the Greater London Authority’s strategic development sites situated within the larger River Thames Opportunity Area in east London. The current opportunity area seeks to respond to many of the challenges of one of the largest urban regeneration areas in London. Prepared in consultation with a number of stakeholders, it calls for the extension of the DLR train to Thamesmead and beyond, 15,000 new homes and 8,000 new jobs in the area.

area and the social problems which beset many estates had already started to emerge by the end of the 1960s.

The area dates back to 1178, when the nearby Lesnes Abbey was founded, an important local institution and landlord up to the Reformation in the 16th century, which drained much of the marshland that had covered the area in Medieval times. The first social housing was built by the Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society (RACS) from 1900-1930, a precursor to the London County Council (LCC) housing which would be built later in the mid-1960s when communities uprooted from close-knit, working-class neighbourhoods of inner London were sent to the urban periphery. However, the design of new estates increased the sense of isolation of residents, most of whom did not know anyone in the

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Architectural design reflected then-futuristic ideologies, including elevated pedestrian walkways, buildings and plazas built on pilotis and other raised structures, partly to provide spaces for car parking, as well as to reduce flood risk. However, many of these walkways and open spaces became neglected and quickly deteriorated.  Due to the area’s location in a bend of the river, Thamesmead and Abbey Wood remain isolated from the rest of London. The only local railway station opened at Abbey Wood in 1849, and the area is not sufficiently served by local buses. This impacts on the economic generation and job-creation potential for the area, and reinforces poverty and deprivation in Thamesmead and Abbey Wood. Working in groups, students undertook an urban design analysis and three-dimensional design framework to assess the spatial challenges and highlight potential solutions, before going on to create individual architectural and public realm design proposals for smaller development sites. Special Thanks: Jane Connor (Head of Public Health Development) and Alain Lodge (Senior Public Health Manager) at Greenwich Council for liaising with the studio and providing lectures and other information. Studio PAL: Elizabeta Diakantonis Naim Hassan

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(top) Iliyan Topalov; (middle) Emanuele de Angelis; (bottom) Sadiyah Bheekooa

Taruna Bangia

CLIMATE CHANGE IS one of today’s most pressing issues and, in the past few decades, global policies and research institutions have acknowledged the urgency of addressing it through higher education. The BSc AED offers students a combined architecture and environmental design education at undergraduate level to form a new generation of architects who are both environmentally aware and able to quantify the environmental impact of their design. The BSc AED engages climate change and design practice with an emphasis on physical ecologies of building, numeracy and computation, as well as the wider principles of social sustainability. Over three years, BSc AED students are equipped with knowledge and skills in predicting and assessing building performance from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, learning both the poetic and scientific aspects of the design process. In the first year, students share the design studios with the BArch programme to acquire basic architectural design knowledge – observational and drawing skills through design projects and study trips. An evidenceinformed design approach is introduced to students through lectures, hands-on workshops, group seminars and individual study sessions. In second year, through four design briefs, BSc AED students explore the urban dimension by investigating social, economic and building-related environmental and energy issues. The four briefs are written in

collaboration with Technical Studies to ensure that students acquire an understanding of digital environmental simulations at different scales and learn to develop environmental design strategies as the basis of evidence-based design. The third year is structured around the Final Thesis Project, a research-by-design studio investigating innovative forms of performative architecture, negotiating social and environmental dynamics. Three separate modules allow students to investigate specific aspects of their Final Thesis Project, enabling them to learn cause-effect relations between the geometry, the material system and the performances of their architectural proposals. With the return of teaching on campus, students were able to participate in different interdisciplinary activities. The BSc AED students worked alongside Imperial College medics to redesign Healthcare Spaces for the NHS. During Climate Action Week, our students collaborated with other design courses for the realisation of a Material Reuse Station, an initiative designed to promote climate literacy in the University. Finally, following the successful application to the University Green Fund, students collaborated with Square Mile Farm to design and install in our campus a hydroponic wall to produce food. The project aims to raise awareness of the environmental and health benefits of growing plants and vegetables in a more sustainable way. Stefania Boccaletti Course Leader



BSc Architectural & Environmental Design | Technical Environmental Studies

Mehrdad Borna & Mohataz Hossain Mehrdad Borna has over 16 years’ architecture, sustainability and environmental design experience in professional practice and higher education. In addition to teaching, Mehrdad offers consultation and advice to a range of air quality and environmental design related projects, both in the private and public sector. Mohataz Hossain is an architect, educator and researcher in the field of integrated environmental design, digital technology and energyefficient architecture with a special focus on users’ comfort, health and well-being.

AED Technical Environmental Studies

TES MODULES OFFER a multi-scale approach to the study and practice of environmental design and its integration to the architectural design process. TES 1 module introduces the notion of environmental performance of buildings in relation to the principles of building physics, highlighting their direct link to choice of materials and construction. In TES 2 students are challenged to develop their technological vocabulary and apply different energy systems for the passive (or low energy) heating and cooling of buildings and their principle technologies. TES 3 introduces the concepts and methodologies for the environmental performance predictions and evaluations (i.e. simplified steady-state calculation to more sophisticated energy modelling and simulation) of existing buildings and new designs. TES modules are structured as a combination of theoretical lectures immediately followed by applicative workshops ranging from climate to microclimate analysis of a site to building analysis and human comfort. Talks by guest practitioners and researchers complete the students’ learning experience.

Marion Baeli (PDP London), Jan Balbaligo (Facit Homes), Scott Batty, Luisa Brotas (Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames), Chris Coonik (Innovate UK), Bill Dunster (ZED Studio), James Engwall (MAKE Structures), Brian Ford (Natural Cooling Ltd), Julie Ann Futcher (Urban Generation), Cath Hassell (ech2o consultants ltd), Anthony Hu (Matter Architecture), Will McLean, Hossein Sadeghi Movahed (Oxford Brookes University), Kyriakos Papanagiotou (KP Acoustics Ltd), Shahab Resalati (Oxford Brookes University), Rofayda Salem, Rosa Schiano-Phan, Juan Vallejo, Zhenzhou Weng.


The importance of measurement, analysis and synthesis for environmental strategies: (top):1 st years measuring environmental parameters; (bottom) Mette Pedersen: Measuring surface temperature; ( facing page: clockwise from top left) Hugo Santos: Solar protection façade design; Mohammed Uddin: UTCI analysis; Evita Ratniece: Indoor ventilation analysis

BSc Architectural & Environmental Design | Second Year

Stefania Boccaletti, Mehrdad Borna & Yota Adilenidou Stefania Boccaletti studied, practised and taught Architecture in Italy, Canada and England. Throughout her carrier as a practitioner and academic she has developed an interest on the impact of digital tools on the design and fabrication process in the field of architecture. Mehrdad Borna has over 16 years’ architecture, sustainability and environmental design experience in professional practice and higher education, specialising in issues of air quality and environmental design. He offers consultation and advice to a range of air quality and environmental design related projects, both in the private and public sector. Yota Adilenidou studied in Greece & USA and holds a PhD from The Bartlett, UCL. She has been teaching for 15 years in Greece & UK. Her practice focuses on the research of computational methodologies and digital fabrication for the evolution and activation of matter and form.

YEAR 2: Spatial Poetics and Human Comfort in the Age of Climate Change Students: Endrit Ajeti, Agathe Alexandre, Alanoud Alsudairy, Qiyi Cai, Samuel Calkins, Wahid Dhrubo, Mikala Marville, Mika Mor, Annabelle Morel-Jean, Huu Nguyen, Julia Noiszewska, Mette Pedersen, Anna Prideaux,

Vukasin Radonjic, Edoardo Ripamonti, Esma Sharif, Muhammad Uddin, Lauren Willihnganz

BASED ON CONCEPTS of transformation and application, second year students developed skills to incorporate both intuitive and evidence-based tools into their design. This evidence-based approach equips students with tools to implement environmental design principles on top of which they could playfully develop their design proposals.

urban character and environmental parameters, including light/shadow, air pollution, wind, thermal (pattern of temperatures), and acoustic (noise pollution). The outcome was a meaningful environmental design strategy that informed the design of an inhabitable interface for the second brief.

Four briefs introduced students to increasingly complex scenarios and provided them with the opportunity to learn new digital and analogue tools for understanding, simulating and representing the urban and environmental context with analytical precision. The data underpinning these exercises constituted the foundation for the development of their design proposals.

Briefs 3 and 4 examined the effects of climate change on the performance of existing buildings, in particular on Ferrier Point, a residential tower in Newham. Students were encouraged to work towards the Net Zero Carbon building (NZEB) concept. Students developed performance-based designs to retrofit Ferrier Point to make it resilient to the challenging climatic conditions that will exist between now and 2080.

The first brief required students to analyse an urban area around Piccadilly Circus and communicate both its

Guest Critics: Louise Claeys (Royal Borough of Greenwich), Tiziana Di Ronco (Baker Brown & Re-Fabricate), Julie Ann Futcher (Urban generation), Hazel Mealy (London Borough of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark), Eike Selby (CGLA), Rosa Schiano-Phan, Carine Berger Woiezechoski 76

Special Thanks: Dimitra Kyrkou (Foster + Partners), Eike Selby (CGLA), James Engwall (MAKE Structures) Edoardo Ripamonti: Regenerative Design of Ferrier Point

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Regenerative Design for Ferrier Point: (top left) Edoardo Ripamonti; (top right) Endrit Ajeti, Wahid Dhrubo, Muhammad Uddin; (bottom left) Alanoud Alsudairy, Samuel Calkins, Mikala Marville; (bottom right) Mika Mor, Annabelle Morel-Jean, Esma Sharif

BSc Architectural & Environmental Design | Third Year

John Zhang, Roberto Bottazzi, Paolo Cascone & Ben Pollock Roberto Bottazzi’s research analyses the impact of digital technologies on architecture and urbanism. He is the author of Digital Architecture beyond Computers: Fragments of a Cultural History of Computational Design. Paolo Cascone is the founding director of CODESIGNLAB. His research on high/low tech design and performative architecture sits at the intersection of environmental engineering and sustainable architecture. Ben Pollock is an architect and co-founder of 4D Island, a research collective investigating sustainable development and climate adaptation. John Zhang is an architect and director of Studio JZ. He has a particular research interest in museums as spaces for climate action.

YEAR 3: Adaptive Habitat for a Post-Pandemic World Students: Oluwadunsin Adedimeji, Humaydah Ahmed, Miriam Al-Bahadly, Giancarlo Albarello, Jafar Al-Matin, Nauman Asif, Nicholas Atanasov, Donnell Bailey, Alan Angulo Custodio, Izabela Dima, Abdallah Elhaj, Suha Faisal Valiyaveettil, Jill Fernandes, Hebah Gheedan, Mancin Grover,

Lourdmia Huber, Monzurul Islam, Deniece John, Eridona Kurtaj, Grace Lancto, Aida Osmani, Rafsan Raja, Heshu Rashid, Evita Ratniece, Hugo Santos, Linda Tighlit, Nikola Wasilewska, Xiaoqing Xu, Ping-Hsun Yang

A KEY AIM of last October’s COP26 in Glasgow was ‘adapt to protect communities and natural habitats.’

of the Royal Docks’ imminent development. Critical to the success of the students’ proposals is an evidence-informed and iterative methodology for developing research from ‘data’, be it environmental, ecological, typological, morphological, socio-economic, or historic.

This year, we have used the Royal Docks area in London as our test bed to consider how we can ‘adapt’ to meet the challenges of Climate Change. Through the design of a network of small-scale prototypes and a large-scale hub building, we have been exploring new ways in which communities and natural habitats can become symbiotic, resilient, adaptive and sustainable. A particular emphasis this year, as we return to campus, is the understanding of our creative practices and solutions in the post-pandemic world. The lockdown has brought our fraught and problematic relationship with nature into sharp focus. In the age of climate crisis and the pandemic, how should we recalibrate our relationship to nature in the way we live, work, recreate, and participate in public life? We have sought to follow a process of evidence-informed research and design, anchored in the data and the reality

We have encouraged students to push the boundary and consider how the environment can be better communicated through systems of architectural representation. The design processes have also been rooted in the inter-connectivity between all the modules: from cultural context to technical studies; from professional awareness to the exploration of fabrication and material experimentation at 1:1. Over the course of the year, successful proposals have emerged which offer original approaches to sustainable design: from sustainable methods of construction to building performance; from careful consideration of spatial tectonics to creating socio-economically sustainable communities; from human comfort to sustainable ecologies that address non-human inhabitants.

Guest Critics: Maria Angiulli, Susanne Bauer, Stefania Boccaletti, Lindsay Bremner, John Cook, Daria Donovetsky, Julie Futcher, Susannah Hagan, Justyna Lesny, Rofayada Salem, Paolo Zaide 80

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BSc Architectural & Environmental Design | Third Year


(clockwise from top left) Manvin Grover, Giancarlo Alberello, Eridona Kurtaj, Hugo Santos ( facing page) Hugo Santos

BSc Architectural & Environmental Design | Third Year


(clockwise from top left) Hebah Gheedan, Nikola Wasilewska, Grace Lancto, Evita Ratniece; ( facing page) Suha Faisal Valiyaveettil

(top) Anne-Flore Smits: Fabrication process for the façade component; (bottom) Rupinder Hyait: Handmade experiments for clay building components

Build Back Better? This year we started with the provocation to ‘Build Back Better’. While the catchphrase can be associated with the government’s plan for growth and their promise to restore the energy and confidence of the country, the pandemic has raised some very fundamental questions: should we go ‘back’, how should we ‘build’ and what really is ‘better’? Our programme this year was to take on this challenge, and to ‘build back better’; not simply to return to the same status quo prior to the pandemic, but rather to imagine alternative narratives and ways of constructing our day to day. In the first weeks of their architectural journey our first-year students traced the origins of seeds from Kew Gardens to discover other cultures, climates and craft. The sense of the ‘very, very vernacular’ was further explored in the year through exercises of mapping, material experimentation and spatial transformations. A reading by Barnabas Calder of his new book Architecture: From Prehistory to Climate Emergency framed the crucial role of architecture and architects in tackling the ecological crisis. The work of Years 2 and 3 equally responded to the ‘Build Back Better’ challenge in a range of ways: ‘Radical Reuse in the Camden Backlands’ [DS(3)6] , and reimagining the community in Brentford [DS(2)1], addressed issues of locality

and limited resource. Two studios challenged the conventions of traditional institutions: DS(2)3 took objects ‘outside the glass cage’ of a museum context and DS(2)6 reimagined something outside of mainstream architecture – the Nightclub. The Poetics of Habitation and the Spatial Disruptions of the Home were explored by DS(3)7 and DS(2)7, whilst other studios engaged with public space [DS(2)5], live projects in Cody Dock [DS(2)1] , and our University’s Harrow Campus [DS(3)2]. Beyond the edges of the city, DS(2)4 formulated feral architectures for a wilder Horsham, and DS(3)4 explored the Thames Estuary to conceive new beginnings for the periphery of Gravesend. In the ‘search of transformation and delight’, DS(3)1 experimented with a Utopia for Southwark, whilst DS(3)3 revisited the Japanese Metabolist ideas of nature and megastructures proposing ‘ScienceFiction and Supertrees’. Perhaps the news of this year’s demolition of the Nagakin Capsule Tower and its emblematic importance to Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence is a timely reminder for us to take a brief look back and to continue to explore brave new tomorrows. Thank you to all Studio Tutors and the wider Course Team for taking on this year’s challenge, and a bigger thanks to all students for taking the big leap forward. Paolo Zaide Course Leader



BA Architecture | Process


Architecture is a fascinating subject involving wideranging creative, academic and practical activities. Our course explores the use of spatial design to interrogate the complexities of contemporary society and our built natural environment. We encourage our students to become creative and critical thinkers with the ambition to develop

forward thinking ideas for speculative futures. This requires risk and imagination, and exciting new ways of thinking about community, circularity and craft. This year’s range of work very much reflects this ambition and hopefully opens up ideas how to build back better. Welcome to BA Architecture!

BA Architecture | First Year

FIRST YEAR ARCHITECTURE STUDIOS FOR THE FIRST twelve weeks, the nine First Year studios, whose students are on the BA Architecture and BSc AED courses, shared the same briefs. We explored the relationship between humans and plants as a vehicle to investigate some of the biggest challenges we face today: climate change, food security, habitat and biodiversity loss, and the extinction of species. Early investigations were framed by five sequential interconnected briefs: The Alternative Metric Handbook (investigating alternative relationships between the body, objects and space); Seeding Memories (exploring and representing

a personal memory associated with a plant); Ethnobotony (researching the physical and human aspects of the plant); and Vernacular Investigations (critically analysing, drawing and modelling vernacular precedents to encourage students to learn from the past). Research was pooled and shared, informing the final design project, a pavilion in Kew Gardens that explored the role of plant life in society. During semester two we shared sites in Deptford, where each studio developed their own brief covering themes as diverse as wastelands, 24-hour cities, play and food sustainability. Themes for all studios are described in more detail below.

Tutors Vasilija Abramović is an architect holding a PhD in the field of Interactive Architecture. She has published in leading scientific journals and conferences. Alongside UoW, she also teaches on the MArch programme at The Bartlett, UCL. Florian Brillet has worked in international practices for 15 years including Dominique Perrault and Jean Nouvel. He has developed his own practice focused on public art commissions and furniture design.

Benson Lau is an architect and environmental design consultant. He specialises in an evidenceinformed Environmental Design approach in architecture. He is an experienced academic, and has published in leading scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. Balveer Mankia is the founding director of BAL Architecture. Formerly a partner at MAKE, he was involved in several award-winning schemes. He has taught at the University of Greenwich.

Yannick Guillen co-founded Guillen Esteras Architects. The award-winning practice is interested in public and cultural projects, and sustainable building traditions. He has taught at Ravensbourne and Hertfordshire Universities.

Bongani Muchemwa has won numerous awards for design excellence. He runs a micro-studio focusing on residential and commercial projects. He is a trustee of Beam, an arts organisation that promotes and delivers arts programmes.

Rim Kalsoum is an architectural designer currently working at ArchitectureDoingPlace and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster. She is co-founder and creative director of Muslim Women in Architecture.

Richa Mukhia is director of award-winning architectural practice M.OS Architects. She has particular interests in housing design, public realm and community engagement.

Neil Kiernan is a practicing architect and BA design tutor for 1st and 2nd year. He has a continued and developing interest in the research of gender, space and architecture. Jenny Kingston is an architect and urban designer working mainly on public realm schemes in rapidly changing areas of London. Alongside teaching at UoW she works with muf architecture/art. 90

Natalie Newey is Senior Lecturer and SFHEA. She has extensive experience working in practice and is particularly interested in engaging students in collaborative projects and local issues. Jennifer O’Riordan is project architect at Kennedy Woods, a firm specialising in sustainable and educational developments. She taught Technical Studies at University of East London.

Emma Perkin is the co-director of Emil Eve Architects. With a background in architecture, interior and exhibition design, research and teaching, Emma brings a diverse range of experience to the studio. Ross Perkin is an architect and co-founder of Emil Eve Architects. At Feilden Fowles Architects, he completed RIBA Stirling-nominated Weston Visitor Centre at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Conor Shehan is the co-founder of Studio MASH, a design practice working across the fields of architecture, installation, interiors, graphics and events. Matthew Stewart is an architect, researcher and writer. He has worked with architectural practices in the UK and internationally on projects across various scales and sectors. Richard Watson is a tutor, artist and product designer who started teaching in 1999 and has exhibited at UoW and the Architectural Association. Carine Berger Woiezechoski is an architect and environmental consultant who holds a PhD focusing on urban farming in tropical climates. She has been a visiting lecturer and guest critic at different universities in Brazil.

BA Architecture | First Year

GROUP A: Conor Sheehan & Richa Mukhia


Students: Gabriella Abbott, Fajer Alasfour, Mark Aoun, Souleymane Avice, David Avram, Sasin Boonyarak, Oscar Chainey, Lilianna Givanakis, Yasmin Jama, Cande Jurado Teran, Sedef Karayek, Areebah Nagi, Nicole Nsubuga, Kirra Pasco, Maisie Paterson, Daniel Poshtovenko, Maciej Przasnyski, Alpha Toure, Eric Turner, Fenn Wright

DRIVEN BY AN ethos of re-use and re-appropriation of under-used materials, Group A examined the circularity of materials. Focusing on a particular micro-industry, the students reimagined the by-products of demolition and manufacturing processes, but also their distribution.

Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners Hana Alsaai and Saniat Chowdhury

Each student designed a workshop, addressing the specific technical requirements of their chosen micro-industry. Each student has become an expert in their chosen field, creating the necessary spaces required for their industry to thrive and support the local community it sits within.

GROUP B: R ichard Watson & Jennifer O’Riordan

Students: Khouloud Aberchan, Anas Ali, Selen Bayraktar, Andrea Betteridge, Raqiya Cali, Mikah Cassidy, Yara Dablouk, Kieran Edgecock, Marta Fernandes, Reisa Gashi, Malak Halibi, Rowan Isles, Nicola Kociuba, Gabriela Pana, Pelin Polat, Pietro Sacchelli, Anatolii Shaposhnkov Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners Dana AlKhammach and Alcan Zekia

GROUP C: Jenny Kingston & Ross Perkin Students: Khadija Begum, Ghofran El Maraud, Gabrielle Ferreira Silva, Alexandros Gkvara, Andrei Grecu, Oliver Harris, Eryk Karys, Eunseo Lee, Sofia Najy Mezdagat, Mathusan Panchacharamarma, Rania Saidi, Lakshmi Seeram, Jerrell Singh, Shah-Ree Tasaddiq, Ellie Williams Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners Bianca Turner and Roberto Lopato Ricorico


Re-Purposing Temporary Architecture FOR SEMESTER TWO, we set the students two design projects. The first was to design an exhibition stand to celebrate one of the noteworthy chairs in the V & A’s collection. The second was to reuse this stand in some related way, but to now address a need they had identified while doing their site research in Deptford. Some students identified a lack of design and technology facilities in the local schools as a good starting point, while others found a lack of space for the over 60s to study and socialise something they wanted to improve.

Day and Night: The 24-Hour City THIS SEMESTER THE studio is concerned with the 24-hour city. The pandemic has disproportionally affected London’s night-time economy, with lockdown and increased pressure crippling the sector. The studio’s interventions will seek to revive the flagging night-time economy through a radical approach to a mixed-use building which houses a Citizens’ Advice Service and a complimentary space available for 24-hour use. The projects will become a living room for the city, public and accessible to all.

GROUP D: E mma Perkin & Florian Brillet Students: Mahmudul Ahsan, Fahad Almannai, Elizabete Bondarenko, Alejandra Bustamante Guerra, Nathan Cheung, Merla Elakkad, Emma Helvin, Jasmine Kazadi, Breno Lourenco, Kadijah Mcdaniel, Camila Nunez Suarez, Evangelos Papoutsis, Viliana Petrova, Jahin Rahman, Yousouf Salamah, Denis Szczepanczyk, Zsiriah Thomas, Rebecca Thompson, Abigail Williams, Sena Yilmaz, Ioana Zavoianu Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners Carl Fletcher and Saima Rouf

GROUP E: Neil Kiernan & Rim Kalsoum Students: Ann-Melody Akanji,Tala Alomar, Safa Butt, Gemma Daniel, Sidorela Draga, Benjamin Grafham, Saarah Hosseinian, Yu-Rui Hung, Maaria Khan, Ritan Khan, Nehla Abdul Majeed, Muhammad Manjra, Sayyada Rezavi, Linda Salihu, Islam Saoud, Dawoud Sohail, Jessica Tofan, Lal Yoruk Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners George Malliaropoulos and Lavinia Pennino

GROUP F: Yannick Guillen & Natalie Newey Students: Farzana Aktaer, Ahmed Azazy, Joud Banna, Mark Butteling, Harry Clark, Alicia De Oliveira Nazareth, Danielle Elefante, Amore Farrag, Caroline Moisa, Carlota Monjardin De Aranda, Munira Osman, Vladimir Ovsyannikov, Bhakti Patel, Grace Ramirez Ortega, Yi Shen, Declan Slonim, Anne-Elizabeth Sowah, Aderito Tran, Enida Xhaferaj Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners Rob Forsey and Marta Dziuba

Taking the Waters: Community bath house at Deptford Creek IN-DEPTH RESEARCH INTO the history and ideas around public bathing – its rituals, sequences and social significance – underpins the students designs for a contemporary community bath house for the banks of Deptford Creek. Through a series of early tasks focused on materiality, making and place, they developed a unique architectural language which informed the design of a site-specific, multi-sensory, community bathing facility. The students considered sustainability from the outset, through material choices and environmental strategies, to ensure that their proposal minimises harm to the natural world.

Food for Thought: C ultivating positive food practices in Deptford LARGE SCALE FOOD production, intensive processing, consumption practices and waste are having noticeable impacts on the environment and our health. High quality, low processed, nutrient rich, food has the potential to mitigate this. The brief asked the students to design a public building in Deptford to house the production and operation of a sustainable food offering for the local community, incorporating circular economy principles. Carefully researched site and food investigations helped each student generate an innovative and exciting client brief. Final proposals included a nettle and snail bakery, a cricket farm and eatery, a nutritious algae production plant and a riverside CO2 supplement takeaway laboratory!

Playtime THE STUDENTS INVESTIGATED the role of play in our built environments, and how this can offer much needed feelings of freedom, joy and personal expression. They designed a place of learning with a creative or active focus to encourage experimentation and collaboration amongst its users. Flexibility is key. Integral to the designs are sustainable building practices to deliver comfortable and stimulat­ing spaces with a low environmental impact. The proposals invite the local community to participate through exhibitions, performances or workshops which showcase the creative output of its users and promote a more inclu­sive urban environment.

GROUP G: Matthew Stewart & Bongani Muchemwa

Students: Faisal Al-Jalal, Asya Caiado, Ralph Fernandes, Diego Gallardo, Emily Guacho Espinosa, Jameelah Hussain, Zahra Muhith, Yuan Padilla, Magdalena Perez Verdini, Nyah Pinto Martins, Raiyan Rizwan, Jessica Scotchmer, Muhammet Sengul, Leonardo Silva Ritter, Shania Stephen-Paul, Katerina Zhelyaskova Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners Freya Kay and Thomas Rowntree

GROUP H: Balveer Mankia, Benson Lau & Carine Berger Woiezechoski

Students: Aishah Ahad, Nansi Antypa, Evelyn Araujo, Marwah Arshad, Federico Balbo, Hanaa Belarab-Allen, Anna Breda, Damla Dalgic, Kate-Lyn Dang, Yana Dzhatunarachchi, Jude Elhaddad, Nicolas Guillot, Khusbu Hossain, Lauren Ibbott, Tuhin Islam, Christian Li, Ricardo Lugo, Anastasia Lupo, Nabil Musa, Kanaz Naji, Iris Paiva De Almeida, Triantafyllia Panagopoulou, Yasmeen Qureshi, Momtahhena Rahman, Yasmin Rana, Amy Simpson, Anastasia Suzdaltseva Kazakova, Robert Trojan Alcantara, Finlay Warwick, Benjamin Wheeler, Lok Yiu, Yunfan Zheng, Golnar Zolfi Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners Nat Saligupta and Paul Adrian-Calin

GROUP J: Vasilija Abramović Students: Mahmoud Abdelmajeed, Laura Alfararjeh, Joao Correia Gomes, Rio Gonzales, Larissa Leite, Marwa Jait, Jakub Jamielak,Tugce Simsek, Alexandra Sturza Many thanks to our Peer Assisted Learners Joyee Lee and Unnati Mankad


Wastelands OUR MAIN PROJECT this year was to design a series of live, work and public spaces for an artist in Deptford. Projects were asked to respond to and reimagine our everyday relationships with waste. Buildings navigated a series of spatial scales while reacting to the artist’s materials needs, wider site and community contexts.

Deptford Environmental Incubator THE STUDENTS WERE asked to design a sustainable research and development centre or ‘environmental incubator’ which operates as both a private facility for pioneering academic researchers and a public facility that educates the local community on a particular field of sustainable design through a series of immersive spatial activities. The brief focuses on three unique sites in Deptford, each with one of the following predefined themes: Biomaterial production and recycling; biophilia and biodiversity for mindfulness; water/solar energy harvesting for urban farming.

The Transforming Artist Studio IN THE SECOND semester students were asked to design a building for an artist to live, work and exhibit their artwork. The research into their artist’s character, eccentricities, routines, rituals as well as their process of working as an artist, informed the development of their individual programmes. This project explores the creation of architectural spaces that facilitate adaptation; abandoning preconceived architecture as static and predefined. The students were asked to use the notions of flexibility, adaptability and transformability as their main design method in order to create flexible spaces that can effectively change over time and adapt to different uses.

Yr1 A | BA Architecture

(clockwise from top left) Maisie Paterson, Areebah Nagi, Kirra Pasco, Eric Turner, Souleymane Avice, Cande Jurado Teran, Oscar Chainey,Mark Aoun, Daniel Poshtovenko

BA Architecture | Yr1 B



The idea The idea is to have multiple masts (poles) around the space. They are to be angled differently as well as being different lengths. The purpose of these pole is for people to learn how to tie sailing knots and raise sails. So a group of people would be split up into smaller groups and taught how to tie such knot by an instructor. Their goal would be to make their given into what they want using the different types of sails and ropes. At the end of their time they will have to raise the big sail by themselves by using the knowledge they learnt. Whilst developing the idea I came across an architect known as Ioeh Ming Pei. Looking into some of his work and came across one on his drawings that I thought correlated with my idea.

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Yr1 C | BA Architecture

(clockwise from top left) Eunseo Lee, Jerrell Singh, Khadija Begum, Andre Grecu, Lakshmi Seeram, Oliver Harris, Gabrielle Ferreira Silva, Alex Gkvara, Sofia Najy Mezdagat

BA Architecture | Yr1 D

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Yr1 E | BA Architecture

(clockwise from top left) Nehla Abdulmajeed, Ray Hung, Maaria Khan, Dawoud Sohail, Sidorela Draga, Tala Alomar, Linda Salihu, Benjamin Grafham, Melody Akanji


BA Architecture | Yr1 F

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ourney begins long before one enters the building itself. From the pedestrian street one can see the protruding n-air market. Walking through the market one enters an evergreen garden filled with the most suitable plants of the as a difficult choice to linger, sit down and have a cup of tea or continue the journey. Already at this moment one ttes of people hard at work preparing something. As one enters the kitchen, one has no choice but to participate in on of local dishes, because the kitchen is designed so that there is simply no other option. But when one goes to the h fruit and vegetables, one is amazed by the huge mango tree surrounded by a huge variety of edibles in the garden.



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(Clockwise From Top Left) Alicia De Oliveira Nazareth, Harry Clark, Vladimir Ovsyannikov, Joud Banna, Vladimir Ovsyannikov, Declan Slonim, Farzana Aktaer

Yr1 G | BA Architecture

COLLAGES OF PLAN After photographing my maquettes and ceramic experiments, I digitally collaged the images into different compositions in order to be able to come up with multiple possible layouts for the building and also distribution of the different materials I did this because I wanted to bring components from Barlow’s work to the studio.

COLLAGES OF PLAN After photographing my maquettes and ceramic experiments, I digitally collaged the images into different compositions in order to be able to come up with multiple possible layouts for the building and also distribution of the different materials I did this because I wanted to bring components from Barlow’s work to the studio.

COLLAGES OF PLAN After photographing my maquettes and ceramic experiments, I digitally collaged the images into different compositions in order to be able to come up with multiple possible layouts for the building and also distribution of the different materials I did this because I wanted to bring components from Barlow’s work to the studio.

Plan Layout & Materiality Collages COLLAGES OF PLAN After photographing my maquettes and ceramic experiments, I digitally collaged the images into different compositions in order to be able to come up with multiple possible layouts for the building and also distribution of the different materials

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I did this because I wanted to bring components from Barlow’s work to the studio.

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(clockwise from top left) Leonardo Silva Ritter, Magdalena Perez Verdini, Yuan Padilla, Katerina Zhelyaskova, Diego Gallardo, Faisal Al-Jalal, Asya Caiado, Jameelah Hussain

BA Architecture | Yr1 H




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(clockwise from top left) Yasmin Rana, Nicolas Guillot, Christian Li, Nicolas Guillot, Anastasia Kasakova

Yr1 J | BA Architecture

(clockwise from top left) Marwa Jait, Alexandra Sturza, Marwa Jait, Rio Gonzales, Alexandra Sturza, Laura Alfararjeh

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) One

Corinna Dean & Ursula Dimitriou Corinna Dean is a member of the Emerging Territories Research Group, UoW. She founded the Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture, ARCA, publishing Slacklands. She works in collaboration with Leep Architects on public space projects and a wilding and adaptive project in Suffolk of a collection of former agricultural buildings, as well as projects for the Canal + Rivers Trust and creative engagement programmes. Ursula Dimitriou is a practicing architect and researcher. Her field of expertise is Public Space, Commons, Design and Social Sustainability, Grassroots Urban practices, Theatrical and Ephemeral Practices in the Urban Space. She is the co-director of studio SYN (

DS(2)1: Land/Water Interwoven Landscapes Students: Ana Atanasescu, Melis Aysal, Julie Bruland, Sarah Elabed, Shahed Elfadil, Dominik Figurski, Husni Hussein, Assa Khalilipour, Dania Khayal,

Natalia Konstantinidou, Erphan Mohammadkhani, Emanuella Pellizzon, Nikhil Shetty, Christian Thunich, Kristiana Valdmane, Aziz Yusufi Nimuchwala

OUR FIRST SEMESTER project explored the very real question of adapt, reuse and transformation, turning our focus on the 1980s’ colourful but now defunct arcaded structure, Stroudley Walk, Bow, London.

undergoing a large-scale River Remediation programme, and observing and engaging with this project we focused on how design thinking responded to the degraded nature of the water and the original programmatic strategies of Cody Dock which create a resilient future with a unique land management system.

Through our studio themes – ecologies of care and performance – we engaged with activating the public realm through actions, observations and green strategies. Students were asked to observe and explore the site using different tactics to engage with how communities live together building in resilience, climate urbanism and programmatic creativity. Proposals for temporary uses through acupuncture / insertions / incisions / grafting were led by a focus on the public realm. Semester two turned its focus to ecology and the relationship between nature and the urban-use of postindustrial sites which took us to Cody Dock in the Lower Lea Valley. We analysed the conditions of wetland sites, local ecologies, flora and fauna in the Lower Lea Valley with an introduction by the ecologist on site. Cody Dock is

Working closely with Cody Dock, the organisation performed as real life client where students presented research, design and construction techniques to Cody Dock as part of their regeneration commissioning Floating Water Management Systems, FWMS. Designs were presented periodically and critiqued by the organisation. Using the analysis of FWMS we began to work with land/ water based solutions to visibly interact with the water as an empathetic field of attention, rather than a space to be exploited or gazed upon. Students worked tirelessly to expand this project, which acted as a microcosm for their design brief, to propose an ecological programme for Cody Dock as part of its citizen science, creative and dry dock utilities.

Thanks to the following for making this project realisable: Simon Myers, Ben Bishop, Marcus Lee, Rosie Clevett, and our external critics. 104

Christian Thunich: Brewery, Cody Dock

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) One


(top left & centre) Julie Bruland: Boat Dwellers Hub with Cafe; (bottom left) Group: Cross section through Floating Biodiversity Island; (bottom right) Group: Building and installing the Floating Biodiversity Islands at Cody Dock


Factoies are man made pollutatants as they release harmful gases and liquids that damage and pollute the river and the wildlife init.

Rubbish thrown by humans is a big factor in increasing pollution rapidly. Animals carry food in their mouths found from all over the world and they could possible drop it into the river.



Animal excrement creates an unhygienic and dirty river.


This drawing shows the density of greenary found along the river side.

Nature effects the river conditions as dead plants can fall into the river.




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Moss grown alongside the river will gradually pollute the river as it grows and creates baterica on the rivers surface.

distribute across the rivers surface creating uneven colouring on the river surface resulting it loss is clear and clean water.

Rocks created by friction from water hitting along the river bed will be embedded below or will float across the river bed.

Spends its winters and springs in the UK, where i off of invertebrates, small shellfish and aquatic and nests in holes and trees. It is listed as a a animal list in the UK.

Dry instant oats, seeds, cracked corn, peas and pellets are all found on the river or along the river side as people throw COMMON them SHELDUCK: Spends its winters and springs in the UK, where i for the ducks to eat however it off of invertebrates, small shellfish and aquatic and nests in holes and trees. It is listed as a a creates a dirty and a polluted animal list in the UK. river. REED BUNTING:

Also does not migrate. It feeds on or near the gr consuming a range of insects and seeds. Its conservatory status is also amber.


Also does not migrate. It feeds on or near the gr consuming a range of insects and seeds. Its conservatory status is also amber. CROWS:

In the UK Crows also do not migrate. They are omnivores and eat almost everything, even the egg other birds. This makes them very adaptive to var environments.


In the UK Crows also do not migrate. They are omnivores and eat almost everything, even the egg other birds. This makes them very adaptive to var environments.



The leaves of a birch tree contain vitamin C and ar source of food for animals such as birds, rabbits a deers and insects such as ladybirds.


The leaves of a birch tree contain vitamin C and ar source of food for animals such as birds, rabbits a IVY: and insects such as ladybirds. deers

Ivy supports autumn insects with nectar that in ret are a food source for birds. It is an invasive vine that covers and kills trees, choking other plants a ground cover.


Ivy supports autumn insects with nectar that in ret are a food source for birds. It is an invasive vine that covers and kills trees, choking other plants a ground cover. MOSS:

Moss is commonly found in damp locations, full of shade, growing in areas which air is not polluted. indicates that the air alongside river lea is not t , as moss filters pollutants from the air.


This map is produced to show how the animals interact with plants and how Cody Dock is rich with wildlife.

(top) Group: Ecology Mapping on the River Lea; (right) Melis Aysal: Drawing edge conditions This map is produced to show how the animals interact with plants and how Cody Dock is rich with wildlife.

Moss is commonly found in damp locations, full of shade, growing in areas which air is not polluted. indicates that the air alongside river lea is not t , as moss filters pollutants from the air. WILLOW:

There are a few willows which are a form of shelter wildlife, like nesting birds.



There are a few willows which are a form of shelter wildlife, like nesting birds.


BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Two

Natalie Newey & Richa Mukhia Natalie Newey is a Senior Lecturer and SFHEA. She has extensive experience working in practice and is particularly interested in engaging students in collaboration, local issues and environmental issues. Richa Mukhia is a director of award-winning architectural practice M.O.S Architects. She has extensive experience working in the private and public sector with a particular interest in housing design, public realm and community engagement.

DS(2)2: (re)Imagine/(re)Use Students: Nondita Abdul Matin, Aisha Abedib, Alexandra Berculean, Dakshesh Bhattad, Mariana Blanco Nanez, Layla El Wadnakssi, Salaheldeen Elnour, Nedal Harris-Ghosheh, Ekta Jadeja, Laurens Koster, Samuel Laoye,

Jack Morris, Vanessa Muamba, Abiola Olamousi, Husna Paruk,Yasmin Pathan, Kacper Sehnke, Karen Silva Cardoso

THIS YEAR STUDENTS acted as Architectural Pioneers, reimagining our built environment, responding to materials scarcity while developing social value for communities. The studio challenged students to imagine how we will design and build in the future, creating architecture that is more resilient and responsive.

Semester one was spent developing a Provocation Pavilion, designed to uncover issue and conflicts and instigate a conversation. In semester two we combined Industry and Culture in a 24-hour building. Students developed imaginative proposals including ‘Shit Show’, a facility for turning local sewage into 3D printed theatre sets and ‘Independent City’, a new circular form of market garden which acts as a community hub for Brentford.

Brentford was our site for the year, an area of stark contrasts. Recent developments locally are changing the face of Brentford, creating tension between longstanding residents and new arrivals and threatening the stability of an already fragile community.

Guest Critics: Amr Assaad, Simon Banfield, Marta Dziuba, Lauren Fashokun, Mina Gohary, Nancy Guest, Yannick Guillen Sloma, Lauren Li Porter, William McLean, Paresh Parmar, Dain Son Robinson, Afolabi Spence, Sumaita Zaman 108

Special Thanks: Andrea Charlson (ReLondon), Harriet Jennings (The Building Centre), Theo Jones (Green Mat Workshop), Holly Lewis (We Made That), Douglas McMaster (Silo), Janet McNamara (Brentford Local History Society), Ellie Sampson (Architect/Model Maker), Dain Son Robinson (Sustainablilty Coordinator, UoW), Thom Stanbury (Watermans Art Centre), Simona Valeriani (V & A), Jacob Valvis (Green Mat Workshop) (top) Yasmin Pathan: Shit show!; (bottom) Kacper Sehnk: A Harry World

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Two


(top) Salaheldeen Elnour: Spaces that Remain; (bottom) Laurens Koster: The Future of Transport

(top left) Jessica Matin: Birdhouse; (top right) Layla El-Wadnakssi: Living Cork; (bottom) Nedal Harris-Ghosheh: Independent City

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Three

Shahed Saleem & Bruce Irwin Shahed Saleem is a practising architect, teacher and author. His area of specialism is in researching under-represented architectural histories through participatory and other methods. His practice focuses on public and community buildings, and he writes on architecture, heritage, and cultural identity. Bruce Irwin studied art and architecture at The Bartlett and Rhode Island School of Design. His practice combines design, teaching and curating. He is a founder and co-director of SCAN Projects, a not-for-profit initiative that supports emerging artists, which operated a project space in east London for five years Current projects include the restoration of a 13th century building in Granada, Spain.

DS(2)3: Beyond the Glass Case Students: Wizana Ahmed, Sara Anwar, Evelyn Cheng, Kwatchila Costa, Sana Esmat, Amelia Gavina, Imran Haque, Mahaa Janjua, Judy Kader, Rabia Khalid, Alexandra Mari, Laura Posada Tellez, Selina Qureshi, Blendi Rexhaj,

Maria Ruano Delgado, Shkemb Shala, Lourenco Viveiros, Zahra Iben Khayat Zouggari

THIS STUDIO EXPLORES how objects and artefacts become symbols for personal, social and cultural histories, and what role architecture plays in telling their stories and mediating peoples’ relationships to them. We started with the museum as the space in which objects are displayed and stories are told about them. How did the object get there, what stories are told about it, who tells it, how are they told; and how do people engage with it?

In this way, we rethink what the museum is, what it does, and where it happens – how did the museum originate and become a seemingly immovable cultural institution? Who decided what objects would be shown and what their stories would be? Instead, can the museum be dispersed across the city? Can we instead seek to connect objects more directly to people’s lives – how do we explore and design for this?

We wanted to look again at museums and their objects; choosing some, we revisited their historical narratives and proposed re-readings, complications, alternative histories. We considered how the object can be re-situated in an alternative field of meaning that might relate to contemporary living communities and / or issues of today such as climate change, migration, social media, decolonisation.

The first semester project was to create an installation in a museum which questions and re-presents objects and narratives. In the second semester, the project was to design a new museum of maritime history located on the Thames estuary.

Guest Critics: Leen Ajlan (RCA), Nick Beech, Shumi Bose (CSM), Rachel Dedman (V&A), Sarah Dowding, Liza Fior (muf ), Nadine Hammad, Khuzema Hussain (Collective Works), Sofia Karim, Dan Leon (Square Foot Architects), Catriona MacDonald (V&A), Aanal Mehta, Maxwell Mutanda (The Bartlett), Mirna Pedalo (RCA), Esha Sikander (AA), Pat Woodward (Mathew Lloyd Architects) 112

Special Thanks: Museum of London, Ayla Lepine (National Gallery) Lourenco Viveiros

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(top left) Wizana Ahmed; (bottom left) Rabia Khalid; (right) Sara Anwar

(top left) Imran Haque; (bottom right) Evelyn Cheng; (right) Lourenco Viveiros

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Four

Eric Guibert & Michael Spooner Eric Guibert is a gardener architect and teacher. He researches through his built and grown architectural practice ways of co-creating spaces with ecosystems and species. This architectural animism aims to define more equal relations between humans and their habitats, and nurture and express their emergence towards enhanced resilience. Michael Spooner is a scientist-turned architect. He studied biology in his native Canada and neurophysiology in Japan, before migrating to architecture at the AA. During twelve years at dRMM, he championed engineered timber and led award-winning projects including Hastings Pier, recipient of the 2017 Stirling Prize. He combines teaching with collaborative practice studioSPOON.

DS(2)4: Fermented Architectures Students: Edmund Alcock, Monica Basta, Lilia Beha, Victorino De Castro, Roza Hassan, Param Hirani, Alejandra Iglesias Garcia, Ana Ivaschescu, Julia Lassota, Benjamin Leathes, Nausheen Mahmood, Harry Mellor, Darya

Prokopets, Yasmin Satter, Finola Simpson, Magdalena Swiech, Maryam Syed, Karolina Szymczak, Isabella Testolin

AS PART OF our ongoing investigations into the architectures of emergent processes and regenerative design, this year we challenged our students to develop Feral Architectures. The studio has taken a cosmopolitical viewpoint of ‘building back better’ for the local and global ecosystems, equally for human and other-than-humans, aiming to wild the rural landscapes as much as the life of humans.

The practical brief was to create a synergy between human inhabitation, an economic activity, and the wilded landscape. The students have together tackled a diverse range of regenerative approaches including a cosmopolitical town hall, forest schooling, the development and sharing of ecological knowledge, and human funeral composting.

We located ourselves in Southwater, next to Knepp Wildland – the famous rewilding project in South-East England – to negotiate the conflicting demands for increased housing provision while enhancing biodiversity. In response to an existing scheme, the studio has developed an alternative masterplan that protects a nearby wildlife corridor by densifying half of the site to retain the other as a buffer zone limiting the negative impact of human inhabitation. The nature recovery framework is extended within the scheme through a green and blue infrastructure to form four islands composed of four sites. Each student chose one of these plots.

The notably diverse massing of the schemes has further integrated the ecological connectivity within their site by using fragmented and dense typologies with porosity for wildlife and humans. These micro-wildlife corridors have been enhanced with façades designed as ecotones – transitions between the ecosystems – inhabited by plants and animals as well as humans; they form an in-between space where the boundaries between species, as well as between indoor and landscape, are blurred. These Feral Architectures have a fractal connectivity, physically in the multiscale green frameworks, and functionally in the systemic connections between landscape, lives and economies.

Guest Critics: Adam Cossey (Hawkins\Brown Architects), Karen Fitzsimon, Keb Garavito Bruhn (Pilbrow and Partners Architects) Chloe Harrison (Wilder Horsham District), Anthony Powis (Central Saint Martins), Jeremy Rye ( Jeremy Rye Studio), Dain Son Robinson (Sustainable Development Goal Coordinator, UoW), Julian Williams, Paolo Zaide

Special Thanks: This year would not have been possible without the support of Richard Black and Chloe Harrison from the Wilder Horsham District who have generously shared their local knowledge of the nature framework that Knepp Wildland is part of, and other pressures. We are grateful for their input on the students’ work and hope that the projects prove useful in return.


) Finola Simpson: Ritual Rewilding – human burial redesigned as a carbon neutral composting process

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Four


(top) Harry Mellor: Legible Landscapes for Local Learning – axonometric; (bottom) Finola Simpson: Ritual Rewilding – axonometric and plan

(top) Darya Prokopets: Sanctuary for the Dispossessed – section; (bottom) Finola Simpson: Ecological section of a dwelling for a Purple Emperor lepidopterist

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Five

Christopher Daniel & Chris Bryant Chris Bryant is a founding director of London practice Alma-nac Collaborative Architecture. Christopher Daniel is an architect, director of Polysemic and London organiser for the Long Now Foundation. His work centres on the creation of gathering places, from theatres to festivals to virtual environments.

DS(2)5: Public Convenience Students: Mehak Ansari, Fatima Arif, Mayra Barbosa, Oliver Benson, Michaela Chittussi, Kyrah-Chae Copeland-Thompson, Zahra Elshams, Luke Harvey, Maria Ionova, Vinaya Kerai, Amar Mohammed, Laura Panaete,

Pablo Pimentel, Aida Rastegar Saadi, Florentine Rockenbauer, Ruhsan Sadrettin, Sofia Whilby, Annie Williams

OUR PUBLIC PLACES are constantly changing. Recent decades have seen a slow assault on communal facilities and social infrastructure. What is presented as new ‘public’ space is increasingly commercialised, privatised and conceived behind closed doors.

included communal seating for the lunchtime crowd, but also public toilet facilities and another form of public function based on personal research in the local area. We explored methods of engagement and data gathering that help unveil the social, economic and spatial complexities of urban sites. Studio members designed their own methods and tested them in the wild.

The last two years have emphasised the need for public spaces for people to gather, interact and share experiences. The pandemic has once again posed a challenge to our relationship with the urban environment but also an opportunity to re-imagine public space. This year DS(2)05 explored architecture’s role in that reimagining. In semester one, studio members proposed temporary facilities on Lower Marsh, a market street near Waterloo station. The market is now dominated by stalls selling takeaway food for those who work in the area. All projects

Semester two projects were also situated in South London, on larger sites just north of the major redevelopments around Elephant & Castle. Unit members proposed long-term gathering places for communities that had either been present in the area in the past or might find it a suitable physical location for previously offline and remote engagement. The term ‘gathering’ is deliberately loose, with the nature and scale of assembly places defined by the desires, requirements and dynamics of the groups they serve.

Guest Critics: Vasilija Abramovic, Leen Ajlan, Fran Balaam, Oliver Cooke, John Edwards, Carl Fraser, Chris Hildrey, Khuzema Hussein, Ali Montero, Masha Motchalnik, Frederick Pittman, Joe Scragg, Anastasia Tsamitrou, Natasha Reid, Camilla Wilkinson, Paolo Zaide 120

Pablo Pimentel

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Five


(top) Michaela Chittussi: Soundscapes; (bottom) Pable Pimentel: Hanging Gardens of Waterloo

(top) Michaela Chittussi: Soundscapes; (bottom, L-R) Luke Harvey; Oliver Benson; Mayra Barbosa

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Six

Victoria Watson & Kirti Durelle Victoria Watson is Senior Lecturer. She is the director of Doctor Watson Architects who design and publish work about architecture. Kirti Durelle is an architect and a PhD student in architectural history at The Bartlett, UCL, where he also teaches.

DS(2)6: Build Back Better: The Night Club Students: Isabelle Achou, Patrycja Adamczuk, Ariane Canet, Hannah Dollond, Dillon Dupre, Asal Fathi, Aleksandra Gorlats, Azzam Hakim,

Alefiya Khedapa, Ioana Macovei, Farah Mazloum, Aaron Oshinmi, Valentina Rivera, Raul Tehres, Gabriel Troisi, Aurela Trezhnjeva, Hanming Xu

STUDIO (2)6 BELIEVES in the architectural project as a means of exploring and making statements about the world in which we live. In the context of the architecture school, the project also doubles-up as a unique, engaging and effective means for teaching and learning how to ‘do’ architecture. At second year level, this means building on skills that have already been introduced in first year. It is a place where ambitious students can equip themselves with a range of tools that will serve as useful and reliable means for imagining, exploring, modelling and drawing their design ideas, now and into the future.

We worked on a vacant site on Holborn Viaduct. The site is well-connected to both metropolitan and national rail networks and is easily accessible to a tremendous diversity of individuals and communities, right across the country, but especially in London and the South-East. In semester one, we designed a Media Tower to serve as a publicity and communication facility for the new institution. In semester two we focused on the design of an Event Structure. Taken together, Media Tower, Event Structure and site context constitute the Night Club.

This year, the studio looked at an institution that existed prior to the pandemic, but was not of much interest to mainstream architecture, namely the Night Club. We set out to re-imagine the Night Club for a post-pandemic world.

Guest Critics: Anders Luhr (Office Ten Architecture), Jessica Mulvey (independent architect), Will McLean (UoW) 124

Special thanks to: To the former (2)6 students and others who have given time to the studio this year: Jason Lai, Jan Macbean, Tom McLucas, Jay Patel, Joe Robinson, Kirill Vilshenko Hanming Xu: Forensic Architecture Club

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Six

(top) Sascha Gorlats: Marsipelgas (Robot-Ant Training Centre) ; (bottom left) Ioana Macovei: Institute of Sleep; (bottom right) Gabriel Troisi: Centre for Astral Projection 126 facing page (left) Gabriel Troisi: Centre for Astral Projection; (top right) Patrycha Adamczuk: Holborn Dance Gallery;(middle right) Isabella Achou: The Michelangelo Institute; (bottom right) Aaron Oshinmi: The Institute of Art and Escapism, Visual Media Club ::

Christy Hitchcock: School of Resurrection

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Seven

Sho Ito & Neil Kiernan Sho Ito is founder of S-ITO (Studio-Interdisciplinary Thought Operations) and has a particular interest in architecture that seeks spatial reactions to unveil and trigger a discussion around the socio-political issues of today. Ito graduated from the Architectural Association and has worked for RSH+P, DRMM, and AHMM across the commercial and residential sectors. He teaches at the AA and the University of Cambridge. Neil Kiernan is a practicing architect having worked at a number of award-winning practices. He is design tutor for 1st and 2nd Year BA Arch at Westminster. Neil has a continued and developing interest in the research of gender, space and architecture.

DS(2)7: Spatial Disruption: The Fragmented Home Students: Faye Ayroso, Aleksandra Burnatowska, Naciimo Cali, Ivan Da Costa, Adam El-Hafedi, Aya El Jahiri, Adelina-Elena Ivan, Lotta Jacobson,

Fani Petrova, Sofia Rota, Karina Rudkovskaja, Shaena Sacantani, Zeynep Sakarya, Rohit Sharma, Saleh Shesha, Axelle Sibierski, Raoul Tomaselli

A HOME IS notoriously the easiest yet at the same time most difficult typology to design. It has been investigated and developed since the beginning of mankind which adds to the complexity of designing a ‘home’. Therefore it is intrinsically a given that there is no one simple method, rule, system or answer. This is paired with the ever-shifting political, economical, cultural and social changes that have informed and shaped what ‘domesticity’ might mean in the field of architecture and beyond.

Studio (2)7 will question, re-think and respond to the conventional systems and the ingrained preconceptions established within our society. We will challenge the outdated housing model and bravely yet boldly question conventional modes of habitation, occupation and activation within Bermondsey. Through the analysis and research, we encourage students to articulate how politics, the economy and social preconceptions have shaped today’s society and how to disrupt the norm.

Lifestyles, living conditions and family structures have evolved at a rapid pace. This is intrinsically linked to the increase in the rental price and the unaffordable housing market that has created trends like AirBNB, Couch Surfing, Guardianship programmes and more.

As a studio, we will confront such contentious issues and construct unorthodox readings to propose alternative modes. The proposals will provocatively respond to the traditional forms of occupation, spatial configuration and how we inhabit spaces.

Thus the typical nuclear family model is now rare and replaced by a wide range of transient demographics who are socially and culturally diverse, creating evermore lifestyle norms and establishing new occupation standards.

The unit will be an incubator to develop ideas in relation to today’s context, while re-thinking how architectural interventions and thought experiments can play an important role to construct new ideas, new lifestyles, new systems and new frameworks.

Guest Critics: Miraj Ahmed (AA), Kerry Dickinson (Architect), Boji Hu (RSH+P), Jisoo Hwang (Hopkins), Constance Lau, Alex Le-Duc (Oxford Brookes), Sandy Lee (Architect), Patrica Mato-Mora (Artist), Will McLean, Fearghus Rafery (Hopkins), Youngbin Shin (Fosters) Jane Tankard, Camilla Wilkinson, Paolo Zaide, John Zhang 128

Adelina Ivan: Hearth and Home

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Two) Seven


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(top left) Fani Petrova: Transparency in the privacy; (top right) Adam El Hafedi: Mandatory Integration; (bottom) Raoul Tomaselli: Centripetal Expansion


BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) One

Jane Tankard & Thomas Grove Jane Tankard is the BA Architecture Year 3 Leader, Senior Lecturer, practising Architect and active researcher. Her work focuses on experimental pedagogy, praxis and the role of the architect in collaborative multidisciplinary contexts. Studio work embraces politics, film and feminism. Thomas Grove studied at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Westminster. He works for an architectural practice in London and is interested in film, ornament, traditional modes of representation and the socio-political ramifications of architecture.

DS(3)1: Utopia Students: Lamisah Abdal, Rima Almesri, Giorgia Bresciani, Nina Busz, Brandon Clark, Maja Dworak-Kula, Mateusz Gliniewicz, Halima Haq, Anna Ludmann, Sam McMahon, Aidan McMillan, Naran Oyuntsetseg, Julia Pastor,

Anastasia Plahotniuc, Glena Sabri, Feriel Siad, Saba Torabi, Shakira WillingaleHayes

USING MODERNIST FILM-MAKING and 1:1 construction studies, notions of modernist alienation became a forensic lens, focusing our gaze on the legacy of post-war modernist architecture in London.

and embed issues of class, race and gender. These openended experiments manifested in proposals, informed by reconstruction and adaptation, for pleasure and delight.

Choreographic investigations of filmic space and narrative evolved into experimental drawings exploring the conventions of orthographic representation and the cultural value embedded in the construction detail – from the fetishisation of modernist architectural icons to the use of architectural elements to exclude and control. Manifesting as a coding system with which to map our recent history, both socially and professionally, we used drawing to navigate how modernist values obfuscate

Interactions with Southwark’s deprived neighbourhoods, informed by our filmic knowledge, personal experiences and histories and cultures, identified neglected members of the local community. Their detailed narratives, identities and daily lives informed our programme and social intention, manifesting in mixed-use hybrid proposals that challenge the dumbing-down of developer-led residential building, creating an architecture that is formed around the needs and daily realities of contemporary diverse communities.

Guest Critics: Farid Abdalla, Chris Hartiss (Modulous), Ben Kearns (Creative Giants), Cameron McKay (LSA), Ali Montero (Ali Montero Architecture), Henry Morgan, Alicia Pivaro (LSA), Martin Sagar 132

Brandon Clark: Choreography of Misbehaviour

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) One


(top) Naran Oyuntsetseg: Choreographic Model; (bottom) Brandon Clark: Un Dia en el Pueblito

Giorgia Bresciani: The Hoarding Rope Master of Southwark

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) One


Nina Busz: (left) Crossbones Bhavachakra; (right) Clay Pigeon Shooting

Shakira Willingale-Haynes: (left) Choreography of an Anxious Landscape; (bottom) Felted Decay & Tactile Dictionary

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Two

Maria Kramer & Bruce Irwin Maria Kramer has established the Live Design Practice, a platform for staff and students to work on a wide range of Live Projects to act as an innovation accelerator and build new collaborations. She founded the award-winning studio Room 102 ltd in 2011 and is interested in combining making with action research, live stakeholder engagement, co-creation and the changing role architects play in the built environment. Bruce Irwin studied art and architecture at The Bartlett and Rhode Island School of Design. His practice combines design, teaching and curating. He is a founder and co-director of SCAN Projects, a not-for-profit initiative that supports emerging artists, which operated a project space in East London for five years. Current projects include the restoration of a 13th building in Granada, Spain.

DS(3)2: Community Enterprise Live Hub / Co-Living Students: Omar Abu Wishah, Fatima Al-Gersani, Arjun Bansal, Julia Brodzinska, Evangelos Christou, Meryem Geldiyeva, Valentina GonzalezCastaneda, Raluca Hamza, Christy Prothero, Hamzacan Keskin,

Alex Marton, Jessica Morrison, Andreea-Laura Petrescu, George Sorapure, Sofija Stupar, Berfin Tas, Hasniha Thanganathan, Laura Vasile, Rebecca Weller

‘Ecology is the study of the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their environment and the interaction between these relationships. When you talk about the ecology of a place, you are referring to the pattern and balance of relationships.’

We initiated stakeholder engagements, interviewing a wide range of local students and staff about their needs and aspiration, based on which ideas were developed, including promoting wellbeing, physical and mental health, as well as expanding social interactions and inclusivity.


WE ARE EXPLORING the relationship between culture and nature, between architecture and ecology, celebrating the wonders of biodiversity with a one planet and climate action approach. We developed visions of what a campus of the future could be in the context of our very own campus at Harrow. New developments will be taking place at the site and this project is part of the Vice Chancellor’s vision to create Botanic Gardens, the brief for semester one. In semester two, students developed a hybrid programme for student living, including ideas such as local community involvement, outdoor learning, acoustic gardens and a selfbuild campus.

Guest Critics: Wilfred Achille, Peter Bonfield, Alexander Fleming, Alessandra Forderaro, Will McLean, David Porter, Dain Robinson, Pete Silver 138

The participatory activities promote a deeper understanding of on-site needs and create an awareness of the relationships of stakeholders. In parallel, we developed a 1:1 prototype of the QHTfunded community hub, which is currently displayed at the rear podium of the Marylebone Campus as part of the London Festival of Architecture. Students developed structural concepts which were integrated into a final proposal in collaboration with the structural engineer, while testing innovative 1:1 cladding ideas on the structure. We use live projects to provide a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between social, spatial, political and economic factors within our lived urban experience, whilst introducing novel ways of practice. beyond-studio/live-design-practice/

Special Thanks: Robert Baron, Alastair Blyth, Harry Charrington, Vince Gwiazda, Jan Kattein, Tracey Lake, Arnaud Nichols, Pawel Pietraszek, Mervyn Rodrigues, Jordan Scammell, Ro Spankie

) Alex Marton: Collabuild Exterior Perspective – Collaborative, self-built and prefabricated student accommodation prototype at Harrow Campus

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Two


(top left) Jessica Morrison: Artist Impression of Outside-In; (top right) George Sorapure: Development Plan Sketch; (middle left) Christy Prothero: Stakeholder Engagement at Harrow Campus; (centre right) Laura Vasile: Cross section through staggered modus units; (bottom) Berfin Tas: Botanic Garden Proposal

(top) George Sorapure: External view of deployable campus, openable frontal façade allows students to exhibit, explore; (right) Rebecca Weller and colleagues: Future Strategic Plan: Student Village with several student proposals

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Two


(top left) Arjun Bansal: 1:20 scale model of Community Mashup Living Project; (top right) Rebecca Weller: Development and Installation of 1:1 Hexagonal Ceramic Tile on Community Hub Prototype; (bottom) Rebecca Weller: Interior View of the Community Hub of the Northwick Craft Collective Proposal

DS3.2 Group Work of the 1:1 Community Hub Prototype: Development of the 1:1 prototype testing student cladding

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Three

Constance Lau & Stephen Harty Constance Lau is an architect and teaches undergraduate to doctorate level at Westminster and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Research interests are explored through the techniques of montage and notions of dialectical allegory. Narrative as an ongoing dialogue in architectural design is further articulated through publications, especially projects in the book Dialogical Designs (2016). Stephen Harty is a practicing architect and director of Harty and Harty, an agency that specialises in arts sector projects including galleries and artist studios. He studied at The Mackintosh School Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, The Bartlett and the AA.

DS(3)3: Science Fiction, Metabolism and Supertrees Students: Seher Bayrakci, Tilda Blomqvist Lyytikainen, Iman Dagnoko, Luiza Garavelo, Mina Gohary, Miruna Grigore, Emerald Sky Henley, Sami Kassim,

Jan Macbean, Anisa Mini, Aleyna Pekshen, Emir Sirkeci, Rhianna Stirton, Mohammed Talat, Kirill Vilshenko

THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF the creative user to design discussions and the idea of a ‘questioning and incomplete’ approach is fundamental to the processdriven methodology of this studio. Architecture is made by use and design and hence the creativity of the user ‘either produces a new space or gives an existing one meanings and uses contrary to established behaviour’. ( J. Hill) Studio teaching encourages the student to assume authorship and shape the reading and outcome of the design brief.

of site through participatory processes and individual experiences where notions of psychogeography and situationist constructs result in new urban navigational strategies. These transient, process-driven and shifting ideas of use and site generate alternative approaches to document overlooked aspects of the city. The proposed Gatehouse, embedded within this juxtaposed labyrinthean blueprint will serve to further create new readings and meanings of this area of London.

This year, the projects involve a new blueprint for a city that is continuously in process and requires the formulation of innovative design strategies that amplify these qualities. This city is dependant on the users’ experiences and will be explored through design experiments leading to a Gatehouse and new definitions of ‘Institute’.

The Gatehouse to a City in Process The exploration starts with site studies and the surroundings of the listed Great Portland Street Station that will be examined on two scales. The first approaches the built environment of the masterplan as a series of ecological systems, each with their own material qualities and metabolic schedules. The latter discusses issues

Guest Critics: Alessandro Ayuso, Irgel Enkhsaikhan, Nada Maktari, Gabriele Pesciotti and ZiHao Wong who have contributed as mentors, critics and assistant tutors. Your time with the studio is much appreciated. 144

The Institute as Creative User The individual interests identified in the architectural conversations and design experiments in semester one will be extended to challenge existing notions of institution. The creative users’ ability to question established ideas and existing practices apply to both the architecture and the inhabitants. Hence changes and shifts are embraced through programme and use. Ideas of stability, rituals and recurring patterns of behaviour generally associated with institutions will be examined, and existing social and cultural prejudices, inequalities and biases foregrounded and given a presence. The Institute as Creative User will recast cultural and social, material and spatial, sustainable and ecological qualities and discourse. @uow_ds3.3 and @ds3.3_20.21wip Special Thanks: To team alumni: Irgel Enkhsaikhan, Eadan Filbrandt, Hannah Ismail, Nada Maktari and Momchil Petrinski for their time and encouragement as portfolio mentors.

)Jan Macbean: (top) The Urban Theatre of Printing and Making ; (bottom) A Gatehouse to a Path of Tactility

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Three


(top) Rhianna Stirton: The Masonic Institute of Projections; (bottom) Aleyna Pekshen: The Institute of Discarded Sounds

Iman Dagnoko: Institute of Bricolage

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Three


Kirillos-Vilsenko: Institute of Printmaking and Publishing

Sami Kassim: (top) The Surveyor’s Institute of Mapping and Casting ; (bottom) Nash’s Dymaxion: A cartographer’s guide to the Regency cityscape

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Four

Paolo Zaide & Tom Budd Paolo Zaide is an architect, academic and curator, and Course Leader for BA Architecture at the University of Westminster. Tom Budd is an architect and visualiser based in London, whose work looks beyond the ‘photo real’ and strives to capture the feelings and atmospheric qualities a place could embody.

DS(3)4: Peripheral Landscapes: Reimagining the edges of the Thames Gateway Students: Syafiqah Abdul Aziz, Khushi Agarwal, Laurynas Arbaciauskas, Yusuf Arfaan, Wiame Azzouzi, Marina Bebana, Daniel Berende, Gregory Brookhouse, Erin Camagay, Louis Davis, Bodhi Horton, Milan Lad,

Rakan Lootah, Hamza Mughul, Reece Murray, Leonardo Pelli, Stefana Straub, Katarzyna Wojciechowska

THE UK GOVERNMENT has marked the edges of the Thames Estuary as ground for regeneration and further urbanisation. Connecting the point of Westferry in East London to the Isle of Sheppey and the pier of Southend, this 70 kilometre stretch has also been described as the Thames Gateway.

Project 1: Field Operations

Once home to many hard and commercial industries, these lands are characterised by a lack of access to public transport, services and employment while, at the same time, the surrounding farm and wild salt marshlands host some of the country’s most fragile ecologies. With tidal flows continuously shifting this landscape, what is this a ‘Gateway’ to? This year Studio (3)4 explored these peri-urban and blurred edges of the River Thames. We challenged traditional notions of boundaries and explored analogue and digital landscape urbanism strategies to plot, adapt and reimagine these unknown fields.

Setting out with a conceptual exploration, by deconstructing and recomposing the image of the Thames Gateway, the studio explored this landscape. From Gravesend out towards the Hoo Peninsula at the very edge of the Thames Estuary, the story of the river was mapped – its heritage and the unique landscape features that make up this ‘dark flat wilderness’. The first project resulted in a composite, physical or digital model that reframed specific fragments of the landscape, atmosphere, culture and personal interpretations of this distinct setting.

Project 2: Gravesend Retracting from the fringes of the estuary back towards Gravesend, the studio explored the town’s role as a commuter hub while also being situated at the Gateway to this fluctuating landscape. Will these communities need to adapt their lives, their work or will they simply do nothing in the face of these shifts? The Studio welcomed projects with character, risk and a wonderful sense of speculation.

Guest Critics: Laurence Blackwell-Thale (Knox Bhavan), Alex Borrell (Asif Khan Studio), Timothy Burgess (VOP Group Architects), Ash Fridd (Nothing is Not Nothing), Diony Kypraiou, David Mathewson, Thomas Parker (UCL/AA), Era Savvides, Ned Scott (Bell Philipps), Rebecca Sturgess (Allies and Morrison) 150

Special Thanks: Asif Khan for the inspiring welcome to his studio and Studio 8 of the Landscape Architecture Course at The Bartlett for a great day together in Dungeness and Margate. ) Bodhi Horton: A New Decentraland

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Four


Reece Murray: Developing The Periphery

Gregory Brookhouse: Adaptive Ground

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Four


Hamza Mughul: Motion Theatre

Syafiqah Abdul Aziz: EEEW – Everything Electronic Electrical Waste Facility

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Six

Camilla Wilkinson & Kester Rattenbury Camilla Wilkinson is an architect and lecturer. She has worked in high profile practices in Germany and the UK. Camilla makes research and lectures on the 1914-18 war camouflage system Dazzle Painting. Kester Rattenbury is an architectural writer and critic, and Professor of Architecture, founder of the EXP research group and its projects the Archigram Archival Project and Supercrits. Her latest book is The Wessex Project: Thomas Hardy Architect. DS(3)6 combines speculative, strategic projects with acts of imagination, where architecture is produced by experimentation, improvisation and (partly) by chance – just like life.

DS(3)6: R adical Re-use/Camden Backlands: What on earth do we think we’re doing? Yr3: ZamZam Al-Rubaye, Hannah Ali, Oliwia Biesiaga, Joshua Dalsan, George Darlington, Gabriella Daza, Andrei Dobrinescu, Gabrielle Ferreira Dias, Joseph Harding, Marina Ioannou, Ramshey Khan, Laura Lita,

Karol Maranski, Michael Molloy, Melissa Nese, Molly-Mae Onyett, Barbara Piskor, Sarah Saedan, Diana Umiarova

LIKE ALL THE studios we invited students to challenge the government’s slogan ‘Build Back Better’ through alternative site strategies for Camden’s backlands. Working in groups, students invented strategic proposals for West Kentish Town, an area of social housing communities and green spaces that have been the centre of grassroots community action and innovative architectural ideas since the 1950s, and the remaining industrial pockets of Camley Street. Both are unique sites facing the current norms of high-density urban redevelopment. We asked students to explore, test and challenge Camden Council’s Community Investment plan, and look for more effective and generous ways to proceed, working with what is found on site.

Brief 1: Dramascape

We challenged students to apply radical re-use of materials and ideas – recycling of buildings, sites and strategies – in order to face the unexpected present. We asked them to do a lot more with a lot less. To learn as they went along; learning from mistakes and unexpected successes and from each other. Through trial and error.

Students were asked to design a provocation, installation or adaptation combining things made in the studio with the conditions found in Camden’s backlands. We started with random making and drawing, weekly exhibitions, mutual criticism and development and made technical drawings of unexpected components. We gradually introduced site investigation and worked in teams to create site-wide strategies.

Brief 2: Radical Adaptation Students worked on individual proposals for some radical adaptations of existing buildings which introduce cultural activities to the sites to incorporate or extend existing programmes; testing the sites to see how, whether, why, and what to ‘Build Back Better’. Talacre Sports Centre and Gardens receives a circus school and big top; Carlton Primary School becomes a city farm in a future-wilded West Kentish Town; and Camden’s vision of Camley Street as a food centre is re-visioned as a fish and meat market around a water-recycling swale.

Guest Critics: Maria Bahrim, (Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects) Eddie Blake (Studio Palace), Stanislava Boskovic (Imperial College), Chris Bryant (Alma-nac) Chris Daniel (Polysemic), Thomas Grove, Bruce Irwin, Lou Kelemen, Maria Kramer, Constance Lau, Chris Leung (UCL), William McLean, Masha Motchalnik (Emrys), Alicia Montero (Creative Giants Art), Conor Sheehan, (Studio MASH), Urangua Sodnomjamts (HÛT Architecture) 156

Special Thanks: Niall Hobhouse, Matthew Page (Drawing Matter), Lou Kelemen, Anita Nadkarni (FabricSpace) and all office/studios that gave our students the opportunity for site and practice experience this year.

Chance Operations: (clockwise from top left) Marina Ioannou; Joshua Dalsan; Diana Umiarova

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(top left) Joseph Harding: Windscreen façade drawing ; (top centre) Joseph Harding: Randomised Bathhouse Plan; (top right) Marina Ioannou: Meanwhile fabric panel installation, Camley Street; (bottom) Molly-Mae Onyett: Circus School adaptation to Talacre Sports Centre

(top) Joshua Dalsan: Our Farm, cross-programming Kentish Town City Farm & Carlton Primary School – Chance-driven working processes, model, render & context work (bottom left) Oliwia Biesiaga: Re-colouring Queens Crescent Community Centre; (bottom right) Molly-Mae Onyett: Circus School – Opening roof detail

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Seven

John Zhang & David Porter John Zhang is an architect and academic. He runs Studio JZ, was previously an associate at award-winning practice DSDHA and holds a PhD from the RCA on the topic of contemporary Chinese architecture. David Porter is an architect, urbanist and educator. He was a partner of David Porter Neave Brown Architects. He was Professor of Architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing (2012-18) and Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture (2000-11).

DS(3)7: Poetics of Habitation in the Age of Global Mobility Yr3: Ajvi Allmuca, Anna Adetiba, Konstantinos Branias Vakirtzis, Pramila Cox-Sehmi, Paula Fleschin, Nancy Guest, Alina Hafeez, Emma Hafner, Kamilya Kelbuganova, Karolina Kownacka, Tara-Maria Nayfe,

Nasim Nikookam, Thanai Morphi, Jenan Rachid, Georgia Rich, Greta Sakenyte, Elifnur Ulucay, Sude Yilmaz

USING LONDON AND BEIJING as our test beds, DS(3)7 explores novel ideas of housing and poetics of habitation. We draw inspiration from the Smithson’s phrase ‘art of inhabitation’ and the Chinese philosophy of ‘poetics of habitat’. This embodies our comparative approach in search of new ideas that address increasingly shared global issues.

and individuals. A living laboratory of historic housing innovation, our prototypes drew inspiration from the urban morphology of Somers Town, as well as the people who inhabit them. Through these experimentations we also questioned the definition of transience and the false implication that a transient community means a temporary architecture.

Our work this year constitutes a critical response to the UK government’s ‘Build Back Better’ mantra, and its desire to ‘attract and retain high skilled, globally mobile talent, […] from around the world’. We challenge this definition of global mobility, particularly as it pertains to the housing of our transient communities in the post-pandemic world, where our ability to move from one place to another has become heavily curtailed, whether for work, for leisure, to escape persecution, war, or the increasingly devastating effects of global warming.

In semester two, the prototypical ideas from London were adapted, expanded and tested in Beijing. Focus shifted to an area in the city centre where a currently vacant site straddles historic Hutongs courtyards and Soviet-influenced utilitarian blocks. Working remotely in a different cultural and aesthetic context, utilising calligraphy workshops and museum visits, the students developed a series of comprehensive housing proposals that offered both programmatic innovation and tectonic novelty to respond to the emergent needs of Beijing’s transient communities and the long-term sustainability of the neighbourhood.

In semester one, we used Somers Town in London as the site for a new prototype for housing transient families

Guest Critics: Alistair Blake (Clivedale), Rebecca Cooper (Minifie), John Edwards (E-GG), Keren He (CAFA), Matt Lindsay, Peter Tagiuri (CAFA/RISD) 162

Special Thanks: Heren He (CAFA) ) Nancy Guest

BA Architecture | Design Studio (Three) Seven


(clockwise from top left) Sude Yilmaz, Ajvi Allmuca, Pramila Cox-Sehmi, Georgia Rich

(clockwise from top left) Kamilya Kelbuganova, Karolina Kownacka, Tara Nayfe, Anna Adetiba, Thanai Morphi

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(top left) Elifnur Ulucay;(middle left) Paula Fleschin;(middle centre) Konstantinos Branias-Vakirtzis;(bottom left) Greta Sakenyte;(bottom centre) Jenan Rachid

Emma Hafner

PERCHED IN A cantilevered corner of the Architecture Studios on the fifth floor, my office window looks out on to the Marylebone Road. Temporarily silenced by COVID, and for a while all but deserted, it is once again a bustling city street. The queues for Madame Tussauds are back and the traffic has returned. Now entirely back on campus, this has been a year to reflect on the unique privilege of being based in our central London location, with access to all the facilities that the campus and surrounding area has to offer.

As part of this long history, the MArch (RIBA Part2) course has always been a high-performing and forward-looking course. And, as in the past, our students today continue to capitalise on the highquality teaching, and excellent facilities that we offer, to win international awards and to find employment in some of the most prestigious architectural practices. Many have also established innovative and successful practices of their own and play an influential role in the architectural culture of London and beyond.

With restrictions lifted, the MArch students have taken full advantage of our purpose-designed studios and extensive laboratory and workshop provision. But although much altered, our exceptional top-lit studios and even the state-ofthe-art Fabrication Lab owe their existence to the vision and ambition of those who designed and built our campus more than fifty years ago. Conceived initially as a College of Architecture and Advanced Building Technologies, the Marylebone campus opened in 1971 as part of the newly formed Polytechnic of Central London. Founded on an already well-established school of architecture that had a strong reputation dating back to the 1890s, the faculty was designed to bring together students from a range of disciplines concerned with building and construction.

We pride ourselves on offering a diverse and challenging range of strategies and approaches to design. This is made explicit in the choice offered to students both through the Design Studio system and many other aspects of the course. In this way we allow students to direct their studies towards their own interests, to find their identity as designers, and to position themselves for future employment. This year the course was reviewed and updated, placing even more emphasis on sustainability and on fostering a socially-aware approach to design. Also returning to campus, this year’s OPEN once again hosts an amazing collection of work representing the diversity and imagination of all the MArch studios. The success of this exhibition is testament to the dedication of the staff and the talent of the MArch students. Richard Difford Course Leader



MArch Architecture | Process


There is no knowledge without experience […] we have to feel it, don’t we? Paul Shepheard, The Cultivated Wilderness, 1997

MARCH STAFF AND STUDENTS have once again been out and about. Pictured here, DS23 experience the topography of the London bowl from a vantage point near Crystal Palace; and DS11 head out by train to Yorkshire. Meanwhile, back on campus, learning through making is evident in every part of the course. Pictured

here, DS15 students have been building and painting large-scale, and engaging with their creations at 1:1. And Digital Design group B, made good use of the Fabrication Lab to reinterpret traditional joinery details for the digital age. The studios are also buzzing. Here DS11 enjoy a game of chance and DS22 students present their work.

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Ten

Toby Burgess & Arthur Mamou-Mani Toby Burgess is the director of Toby Burgess Design Ltd. He has previously been design tutor on the Architectural Association’s Design and Make Course and taught the Advanced Digital Design Master’s at London Metropolitan University, with a focus on the funding and delivery of live student projects, designed and fabricated using digital design tools. Arthur Mamou-Mani is an architect, and director of the award-winning practice Mamou-Mani, specialising in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. Arthur is a lecturer at the University of Westminster. In 2020 the Architects’ Journal named Mamou-Mani one of its 100 ‘Disruptor’ practices. Alongside his architectural practice, Arthur founded the digital fabrication laboratory FabPub.

DS10: Eco-Parametric Architecture Yr1: Blu Affleck, Marwan Almeligy, Elizabeth Diakantonis, Timea Kadar, Roberto Lopato, Kazia (Kaz) Mac Sherry, Wing Tung (Wincy) Wong, Qubbie Yuan

Yr2: Chatchpol Pongtornphurt Marty, Lilla Porkolab, Freddie Singer, Marija Stoliarova, Poppy Theron, Thomas Vercoustre, Matthew Woolhouse

SUSTAINABILITY FIRST. DS10 looks for novel solutions to sustainability issues in all its forms. We value digital exploration on the threshold between structure and ornament, coupled with thorough material testing and are interested in realistic and efficient buildings that contribute to a more sustainable society.

Brief 02: Eco-Parametric Urban Infrastructures to combat climate change

Brief 01: 3D Lattices/ Urban Crystallography & SelfSufficient Bio-Machines Coupled with Grasshopper software training, we looked at lattices as a granular spatial organising principle. From molecular systems to quasi-crystals, nature organises itself through space efficient, resilient and complex arrangements. We started the year with a study of all these threedimensional systems as an exercise to understand the many ways structures can be arranged in space. Using timber struts and nodes, or surfaces and hinges, we designed and built a self-sufficient small scale bio-machine to explore how the modularity of the systems allows us to work at all scales. Like a tree absorbing carbon while creating timber and fruits, the students’ architectural system were a blend of technology and nature in the urban context.

Nature does not make waste; everything is reused and feeds back into the system. Applying the principles of permaculture, regenerative agriculture and renewable energy generation, students designed and tested large scale infrastructures tightly interwoven into and above the urban fabric of the underused spaces over London’s railway tracks. We sought new architectural ideas which address energy needs in the age of the circular economy. The students’ designs formed the foundations for exciting large-scale mixed-use structures, creating a new hyper dense and hyper sustainable urban fabric which created energy and dealt with waste to close the loop while helping people live better and healthier lives, and create an economy in the process. Proposals included cradle-to-cradle business ideas, inhabited bridges forging connections between different sides of the tracks, and structures such as carbon capture devices and pollution scrubbers which actively contribute to the area.

Guest Critics: Richard Difford, Sean Griffiths 172

Wing Tung Wong: BioCity – A Biogas-based Community

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(top) Poppy Theron: Carbon Sequestration City; (bottom) Lilla Porkolab: Retro-fit Insulative Inflatable Skin

(top) Elizabeth Diakantonis: Aquaponic Urban Sky Garden; (bottom) Matthew Woolhouse: Bioelectrical Power Plant City

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(top) Marija Stoliarova: Bioplastic 3D printed modules; (bottom) Elizabeth Diakantonis: Aquaponic Urban Sky Garden

(top) Matthew Woolhouse: Bioelectrical Power Plant City; (bottom) Blu Affleck: Suspended City

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Eleven

Dusan Decermic & Elantha Evans DS11: Guided by Dusan Decermic and Elantha Evans, the studio is conceived as a supportive, open-minded, self-reflexive and critical framework. By negotiating design ambitions at large geographical or urban scales and their implications as architecture and as inhabited spaces, projects carefully explore the relationships between abstracted urban genetics and unearth unexpected possibilities for material rendering of space. Relevant, sensitive and emotive programmes are developed by each student in response to the contextual, socio-economic and political concerns exposed through careful study and reflection.

DS11: Northern Soul Productions Yr1: Sarah Daoudi, Suzana Meziad, Simon McLanaghan

Out on the wily, windy moors… We’d roll and fall in green… How could you leave me… When I needed to possess you?… I hated you… I loved you, too… Bad dreams in the night… They told me I was going to lose the fight… Leave behind my…

IN THE MIDST of a world-wide, 4th (technological) ‘revolution’, the ‘climate crisis’, what was a seemingly endemic ‘pandemic’ and the necessity to embrace new ways of living (outside the EU)… DS11, went NORTH… big challenges, fundamental questions. Together we considered how a repositioning of the territories, towns, trade and turmoil in the North of England, might serve as an imaginative context for developing new understandings and visions for future human life and inhabitations. Learning from the peculiarities of the ‘rhubarb triangle’; investigating the fascinating layering of agriculture, trade and arts; Halifax with its ‘Piece Hall’ and Gentleman Jack up the hill; the swathe of coastal towns on the east coast, detached by the North York Moors; lost souls, climate change, tourism, fishing and Dracula?

Yr2: Dana Al Khammach, Babita Cooper, Marta Dziuba, Allaster Grant, Duncan Keeling, Rebecca Kelly, Lavinia Pennino, Gabriele Pesciotti, Sandra Sidarous

Prior assumptions were challenged, and the studio naturally organised with shared territories and interests; Redcar steelworks re-invented, a trio facing and (re) presenting Scarborough, new expressions of Northern Souls in Whitby, the mystical world of the Gypsy Race revealed, new life and soul brought to Hebden Bridge and Halifax. And the imagining of a flooded future in Hornsea Mere. Our teaching methodology established an intense and productive start to the year with four, week-long projects – Captured Souls, Fields of Desire, Homecoming and Repositioning – imaginatively connecting intuitions and ambitions with extracted intrinsic atmospheres of ‘Northern Soul’. These led to a clear, convincing positioning of projects and formed the basis for MArch2’s ‘Catalogue’ as a launch-pad for the second semester’s student-led thesis projects, and MArch1’s thematic and typological development of an architectural brief. A Depository of Souls: A new library for the North?

Guest Critics: Nick Beech, John Cook, Tomasz Dancel-Fiszer, Tom Davison, Derin Fadina, Sam Giles, Clare Hamman, Daria Konopko, David Littlefield, Will McLean, Arthur Mamou-Mani, John Ng, Jim Reed, Layton Reid, Geoff Shearcroft, Nancy Stevenson 178

(top left) Rebecca Kelly + Lavinia Pennino: A Future Alternative Regeneration Microcosm – The F.A.R.M. Hornsea Mere; (top right & bottom left) Lavinia Pennino: Barrier to Physis – Towards a New Ergotopia; (bottom right) Rebecca Kelly: The Rig – Towards the New Biome

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Eleven


(top left) Simon McLanaghan: Ghost in the Machine, Halifax; (top right) Marta Dziuba: The Screaming Skull Zone, Evanescence Grounds, Wold Newton; (middle left & bottom) Dana Al Khammach: Zea Maize–ing – Farming on Stage, Scarborough



(clockwise from top left) Suzana Meziad: A Platform for Storytelling , Whitby; Sarah Daoudi: Shades of Silence, Whitby; Allaster Grant: Spirit Bottle; Dana Al Khammach: Zea Maize–ing – Farming on Stage, Scarborough; Suzana Meziad; Duncan Keeling: Redcar Steelworks reimagined; Suzana Meziad; Babita Cooper: Roots of the Sea, Scarborough; Sandra Sidarous: The New Arrival, Scarborough

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(top) Gabriele Pesciotti: Farming Sustainable Fashion – Future Northern Textiles, Hebden Bridge; (bottom) Lavinia Pennino: Ministry of Ergon – Towards a New Ergotopia, Hornsea Mere

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(top left) Dana Al Khammach, Babita Cooper, Marta Dziuba, Simon McLanaghan: The Library of Souls, Bay Town (top right and bottom) Rebecca Kelly: Towards the New Biome – The Rig and The Future of Farming , Hornsea Mere 1. Helicopter Pad 2. Engine Room 3. Common Area 4. Typical Residennal Floorplate 5. Node Plaaorm 6. External Growing Units 7. Insect Farm 8. Seaweed Farm 9. Fishing Pods 10. Food Producnon Algae Reactor 11. Verncal Farming Units 12. Fuel Generanng Algae Reactor 13. Boat Pumping Stanon 14. Small Vessel Freeport

















MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twelve

Ben Stringer & Peter Barber Ben Stringer teaches design and cultural context studies at the University of Westminster. Recently he has been publishing articles about architecture and rurality. Peter Barber has a practice noted for its social housing and urban design projects, mostly around London. He also teaches design studio at the University of Westminster.

DS12: Deltaville Yr1: Cristina Cazacu, Hannah Hobhouse, Anthony Kourpas, Chi (Ian) Lei, Ramzi Ramzi, Hyunwoo Shim

Yr2: Jadene Aguilar, Shirin Azizi, Bo Kei (Joanna) Leung, Xinran Li, Unnati Mankad, Peter Runham, Fatemeh Tajdivand, Freddie Yates, Rukhsar Zahid

THIS YEAR WE imagined and designed alternative programmes for the decommissioned oil refinery at Coryton. It is approximately five square kilometres of concrete, pipes and fuel tanks. It sits on the north side of the Thames estuary between Canvey Island, the London Gateway container terminal and some protected areas of ecological importance and sensitivity.

distinct programme for it. Each project includes different programmes of agriculture, industry and housing. While everyone’s individual projects are distinct, relations between them and with the neighbourhood are coordinated too. So together they form a hybrid cluster of interacting projects within a group plan. It is the result of individual imaginations, a lot of creative interactions, group thinking and negotiation with the existing infrastructure.

What possibilities are there for the spaces and structures left behind as we move our economy over to new sustainable sources of energy and materials? What kinds of new relationships might emerge between industry, environment and society in places such as this? Our brief asked everyone in the studio to identify a different site within the refinery site and to develop a

We went on a series of day trips to the refinery, the container port, to nature reserves, to Canvey Island and to the Red Sands Forts. These raised profound questions about global trade and industry, our use of the seas and the form of coastal settlement.

Guest Critics: Roudaina Al Khani, Pierre d’Avoine, Alex de Rijke, Anthony Boulanger, Corinna Dean, Reenie Elliott, Nasser Golzari, Frances Holliss, Jane McAllister, Alicia Pivaro, Alex Somerville, Mireille Tchapi, Andrew Yau 184

Special Thanks: Many Thanks to Paul Marsh and co at Thames Enterprise Park, Trevor Hutchinson and co at London Gateway, to Kirsty et al at Whitstable Boat Trips and to Rosie’s Minibus Service. DS12: Deltaville Aerial View

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twelve


(top left) Hannah Hobhouse: Alga Machino; (top centre) Anthony Kourpas: Red Sands Farm Village; (top right) Fatemeh Tajdivand: Sugar Refinery + Farm 2; (bottom) Rukhsar Zahid: Milky Way Dairy Town

(top left) Peter Runham: Sewage Village; (top right) Chi Lei: Recyled Paper Factory 2 (bottom) Xinran Li: Soya + Guano Farm

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(top left) Ramzi Ramzi: Algae Creek Hybrid Farm 6; (top centre) Unnati Mankad: Algas Power Plant; (top right) Cristina Cazacu: Pasta Factory; (bottom left) Jadene Aguilar: Salted Edge – Aerial view and section; (bottom right) Bo Kei Leung: Oyster Farm Flow Studies

(top left) Hyunwoo Shim: Bamboo Plantation; (top right) Shirin Azizi: Mycelium Factory; (bottom) Freddie Yates: Hydrogen Production Village

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Thirteen

Andrei Martin & Andrew Yau Andrei Martin is a partner at PLP Architecture, a London-based multidisciplinary design practice. Andrew Yau is a design director at Urban Future Organisation, an international practice and design research collaborative.

DS13: FreeZone: Building as a City Yr1: Hicham Abari, Hana Alsaai, Pietro Asti, Bilal El Figuigui, Wan Feng, Victoria Hajduczenia, Cheuk Hong Ng, Ziyang (Justin) Wang, Julia Wladysiak, Dhafin Wirasugena

Yr2: Naim Ariffin, Ali Cadir, Aldrin Estillore, Marianna Kyriakides, Mohamad Mohamad Rozaim

FREE ZONES HAVE a long history dating back to pirate enclaves, free ports and entrepôts of maritime trade. History tells us the first free zone was established in the Roman port of Delos in 166BC. In the Middle Ages they took hold and flourished in Venice and Marseilles, expanding in the Renaissance to the Baltic and North seas. After WWII they spread exponentially throughout the world. Today there are over 5400 free zones in the world, 1000 of which have been set up in the past five years.

new forms of living or working? Can they challenge how we deal with healthcare or consume culture? Beyond producing tangible goods, can Free Zones promote the production of experience?

Free Zones were originally motivated by trade, but increasingly they are acquiring a much broader set of remits. Expanding upon an ever-increasing spectrum of urban aspiration, Free Zones now incentivise specific labour practices, strategic services and industries, types of science or technological innovation and so on. A Free Zone, for instance, can use free water as a catalyst to attract water-intensive industries to areas where this resource is scarce or contested. Or it can promote the production, transmission and reception of fashion as a mechanism to transition from textile manufacturing to design.

We have also investigated the Free Zone as an entity housed within a single building, or, more precisely, within a building as a fragment of the city. A building that, through its scale and performance, exists at the threshold between architecture and urbanism. Whereas typically, the city starts where the building finishes, we have proposed to invert this relationship: the city inside the building. A building as a cabinet of curiosities, where samples of the city, tectonic conglomerates and typological fragments exist together as a collection, exuding nearness, provoking strange adjacencies and a sense of wonder at every scale.

This year, DS13 has explored the establishment of a Free Zone as a physical, political and regulatory space. The site for this intervention is Canary Wharf, itself a free zone of sorts, where urban and architectural relationships to the river and to the dense and tall city fabric are paramount.

But can Free Zones do even more? Can they, by opening provisional windows of regulatory freedom, promote

Special Thanks: Mario Serrano (PLP Architecture) 190

) Ali Cadir, Bilal El Figuigui & Wan Feng

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(top left) Wan Feng; (bottom left) Aldrin Estillore, Victoria Hajduczenia & Cheuk Hong Ng; (bottom centre) Hicham Abari, Mohamad Rozaim & Dhafin Wirasugena; (bottom right) Ali Cadir, Bilal El Figuigui & Wan Feng

(top left) Victoria Hajduczenia; (top right) Marianna Kyriakides, Ziyang ( Justin) Wang & Julia Wladysiak; (middle right & bottom centre) Pietro Asti; (bottom right) Aldrin Estillore, Victoria Hajduczenia & Cheuk Hong Ng

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Thirteen


Marianna Kyriakides; ( facing page) Aldrin Estillore

(clockwise from top left) Aldrin Estillore; Giulia Jemec; Tanzina Miah; Shukri Bihi; Shukri Bihi

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Fifteen

Sean Griffiths Sean Griffiths is a practicing architect, artist and writer. He was a founding director of FAT and now practices as Modern Architect.

DS15: What’s the Point if We Can’t Have Fun? Yr1: Gizem Bul Bul, Saniat Chowdhury, Saima Rouf, Stefano Towli

Yr2: Maryam Yasmin Khodaie, Daria Kushnir, Aesha Mehta, Joshua Ricketts, Clodagh Simons, Malgorzata Socha

THE STUDIO USES theoretically informed, fine art tactics, including chance operations, the study of grids, the generation of lines and large-scale painting composition to generate ideas about aesthetics and the mediated nature of experience. These are applied to the analysis of urban sites. We frame our study of the contemporary city’s problems in the light of a critical awareness of the precise characteristics and hidden ideologies of the architectural representations that constitute our tools. The students generate techniques collaboratively, sometimes working in pairs, sometimes in groups, sometimes by swapping pieces of work. They developed an urban visions for Catford, South London which sought to address the challenging problems of climate change, transport, social cohesion, housing, public and private space and the generation of uses appropriate to the needs of the working class community. Individual projects, arising out of collective urban visions, drew on the area’s past and present relationships with the performing arts, the presence

of Pentecostal churches, the need for new housing, the retrofitting, rather than demolition, of existing modernist housing estates, the need for new nodes of public transport, the lack of provision of social programmes suited to the local community, and the current destructive dominance of the South Circular road carving its way through the town centre.

Guest Critics: Wilfred Achille, Anthony Boulanger, Lou Kelemen, Gill Lambert, Kester Rattenbury, Shahed Saleem, Yara Sharif, Ben Stringer, Emmanuel Tetterfio, Victoria Watson 196

We were accompanied on our educational journey by a variety of voices including a folklorist whose tales of lost theatres, a film industry, extinct football clubs and dog racing helped generate a cultural context for the project. Alongside, the opposing voices of Southwark Council’s Head of Regeneration – currently overseeing the area’s controversial transformation – and activists from the group Catford against Social Cleansing, whose own ideas for Catford firmly reject the neoliberal city being proposed; a spirit we have attempted to replicate in our own efforts.

Special Thanks: Shaka Anderson & Cheryl McLeod (Catford Against Social Cleansing), Mat Barnes (Can Architects), Patrick Dubeck & Charlotte Harrison (Lewisham Council Regeneration), Chris Roberts (Foot and Mouth Tours) Various Students: Urban Vision for Catford, South London

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Fifteen


(Clockwise from top left) Aesha Mehta & Saima Rouf: Housing ; Daria Kusnir: Bus Station; Aesha Mehta: Housing ; Clodagh Simons: Performing Arts School


(top) Malgorzata Socha: Retrofit Housing ; (bottom left) Joshua Ricketts: Peoples’ Palace and Theatre; (bottom right) Saima Rouf: Housing

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Fifteen


(top) Stefano Towli: Health Centre; (bottom left) Maryam Yasmin Khodaie: Retrofit Housing ; (bottom right) Daria Kushnir: Line Composition


(top left) Saniat Chowdhury: Shopping Precinct; (bottom left) Gizem Bul Bul: Housing ; (right) Clodagh Simons: Grid Study

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Sixteen

Anthony Boulanger & Stuart Piercy DS16 likes making physical things. We’ve run the studio for the past ten years on a platform for students to experiment and invent architectural and spatial concepts initiated through in-depth investigations of material techniques and the making of physical artefacts. The studio is taught by award-winning architects, producing practice-based design research, who are also award-winning academics. Anthony Boulanger is a Senior Lecturer and co-founding partner of the design- and research-led practice AY Architects. . Stuart Piercy is a founding director of Piercy & Company. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and patron of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Royal Academy.

DS16: Contingency and Material Acts Yr1: Lucy Banbury, Rob Forsey, Megan Griffiths, Freya Kay, Hamza Khan, Joyee Lee, Wui Lin Lee, Charles Plet, Isabelle Reid, Anna Tabacu

Yr2: Larissa Angonese, Tom Baldwin, Polina Bouli, Zadee Garrigue, Thomas Simmons

EMBRACING CONTINGENCY IN architecture challenges both the classicist and modernist endeavour for order, control, unity and purity, whether that be formally, socially or culturally. Contingency contends that indeterminate forces play important roles in design, construction and use. Architecture is never completely autonomous. Quite the contrary, it is dependent on a multitude of complex factors coming into alignment. Nothing is inevitable.

for Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery; a place in the heart of London with an incredibly rich history of immigration and cultures of making. These small scale individual design projects were informed by an examination of the brewery and its immediate surroundings amid current plans for major redevelopment. A collection of ‘Material Acts’ was generated, initiated by time spent at Grymsdyke Farm in Buckinghamshire, where we invented, experimented, tested, critiqued and recorded the material techniques employed to advance these interventions.

This year we invited students to explore contingent factors and practices in architecture to invent alternative responses to the design and role of buildings and to speculate new ways of defining the city. The discourse has been intensified by the climate crisis and the social, cultural and economic impact of the pandemic. And political tensions across international borders have led to a supply chain crisis. As designers we need to creatively re-imagine economies of use and re-cycling of materials in short supply. Keeping with the ethos of DS16, students were asked in the first term to consider positions of contingency with a ‘design-through-making’ approach to design, test and, in some cases, install engaging and elicit site specific designs

Most students continued to explore the themes and research from the first term in their main individual projects, for which they wrote their own briefs, selected their own sites and devised their own programmes to establish their individual theses. The discussion moved to the weathering landscapes of post-industrialised Glasgow where they were challenged to instigate ambitious spatial propositions with a civic commitment and intelligent material awareness; an opportunity to invent unorthodox programmes and typologies that facilitate the re-invention of the city. Inherent was an emphasis on strategies of adaptation, re-use and resourcing, supported by attitudes of passive environmental design.

Guest Critics: Harry Bucknell (Piercy & Co), Sandra Coppin (Coppin Dockray Architects), Rebecca Gardner (Grimshaws), Michael Garnett (MICAT), Alex Haggart (Piercy & Co), Yannis Halkiopolous (Piercy & Co), Guan Lee (Grymsdyke Farm/Material Architecture Lab), William McLean, Fiona Neil (Piercy & Co), Jack Newton (RSHP), Michiko Sumi (KPF), Lewis Toghill, Victoria Watson, Cathryn Walczyk (Piercy & Co), Emily Wickham (Assemble) 202

Special Thanks: Guan Lee for a wonderful time spent at Grymsdyke Farm during the first term and Elliot Rogosin for all his help while there. Great to be back!

(clockwise from top) Joyee Lee: ‘When the Water Flows’ – Polyptych castings; Freya Kay: ‘If Doors Could Talk’ – Installation Grymsdyke Farm; Charles Plet: Scoop-Cut concept model of Truman Brewery building fragment; Thomas Simmons: ‘Brick Lane Bricks’ – Slip cast pavilion components; Isabelle Reid: Silk waste and plaster cast prototypes

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Sixteen


(top left) Rob Forsey: Brick Lane Haptic Wayfinding Casts; (top right) Charles Plet: St Peter’s Seminary Theatre and Production Centre; (bottom) Thomas Simmons: Kilmahew Estate Perenial Landscape – Site plan

(top) Joyee Lee: Govan Maritime Museum – Perspective from north; (bottom left) Charles Plet: St Peter’s Seminary Theatre Space Study Model; (bottom middle) Wui Lin Lee: Greenock Aquaculture Farm – View of seaweed drying structure; (bottom right) Wui Lin Lee: Waxed formed fabric hood for 1 or 2

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Sixteen


(top) Rob Forsey: Maryhill Machine for Living – Elevation; (bottom left) Zadee Garrigue: Glasgow Pleasure Gardens – View of the Festival Factory; (bottom right) Freya Kay: Ghost Crafts of Glasgow Mercantile City – Concept model

(top left) Polina Bouli: Maquette 3 – Bishopsgate goodsyard canopy study; (right) Wui Lin Lee: Greenock Aquaculture Farm – Site plan; (bottom left) Thomas Simmons: Kilmahew Estate Perennial Landscape – View of main greenhouse

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Eighteen

John Cook, Ben Pollock & Laura Nica John Cook is an architect and researcher, who recently completed work on the Monsoon Assemblages project exploring visual methods to communicate the South Asian monsoon through data, cartography and computational means. Ben Pollock is an architect and co-founder of 4D Island, a non-profit design research studio with a focus on climate adaptation, ecology and regenerative design in collaboration with front line communities in the Global South. Laura Nica is a practicing architect, digital designer & founder of Laura Nica Studio. Working on multiple interdisciplinary projects, her broader interests extend to material research, digital fabrication and assemblage processes. / @ds18_westminster

DS18: Air, Architecture + Other Climates: Climate Futures Yr1: Kirsten Davis, Chada Elalami, Carl Fletcher, Georgios Malliaropoulos, Vilde Bakkeli Sand, Guy Sinclair, Yuechuan Xi

Yr2: Arvindaa Balamurugan, Gary Chan, Daria-Suzanne Donovetsky, Justyna Lesny, Muhtasim Mojnu, Sulman Muhammad, Nicholas Tsangaris

THE CONTEXT OF our global climate and ecological emergency provides the foundation for all DS18 investigations. This year, the studio continued its wider framing and explorations through the lens of air, considering its role as the vehicle of energies, moistures and toxins, whilst imagining ways that architecture could shape, be shaped by, or integrate within this invisible globally circulating matter. For the concluding year of these atmospheric studies however, we applied our developed learnings, research and design methodologies through a detailed, critical and urgent place-based investigation. Remaining within the UK at this highly critical juncture, we turned our focus upon the southern coastal headland of Dungeness.

according to even the most conservative projections, this once productive and environmentally critical landscape could be decimated or entirely lost before the end of this century through the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

This unique and precarious region presents a microcosm of the physical, socio-economic and ecological conflicts that climate degradation presents within the UK and beyond. Internationally recognised for its remarkable morphological formations, ranging biodiversity and climatic extremes, the local economy is centred and sustained around the Nuclear Power Station, Dungeness B, now entering its final decommissioning phase. Amongst all this,

As this coastal community braces for a future of uncertainty, it is here we initiated our investigations. Drawing on concepts of Carbon to ClimateForm, new socio-economic frameworks towards a Green New Deal, and the more radical ideals of Degrowth, we situated our investigations amid the contradictions and connections between environment and economics, the natural and the managed; between habitats, industries, humanity and climate. What possible futures could this entail for this coastal community, its ecologies, human and non-human inhabitants? Ones of retreat, defence or adaptation? And through this impending environmental collapse, could their recoveries birth new collective typologies and public infrastructures based upon a responsibility towards our planetary limits, a just and non-extractive energy balance, or even a collaborative replenishment of our global commons?

Guest Critics: Constantina Avraamides (CA Architecture), Raul Bielsa (Prior+ Partners/AAVS Transborder), Roberto Bottazzi (UCL), Anthony Boulanger (AY Architects), Lindsay Bremner, Finbar Charleson (dRMM), Emma Colthurst, Katie Dechow ( Jo Cowen Architects), François Girardin, William McLean, Fraser Morrison (Future Fields/Architecture 00), Christina Nan (Future Fields/TU/e), Justin Nicholls (Fathom Architects), Iulia Stefan (AA Ground Lab), Rachel Wakelin (Buckley Grey Yeoman), Izabela Wieczorek (Atmospheric Architecture Agency), Oscar Villareal (Lab 10 MX/ecoLogicStudio) 208

Kirsten Davis: Saline Landscapes

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Eighteen


Daria-Suzanne Donovetsky: Liquid Landscapes – An adaptive water management infrastructure

(left) Chada Elalami: Rad[-iation/ical] Atheneum & The Transient Estate; (top right) Guy Sinclair: Dungeness Drift Co-Op; (bottom right) Carl Fletcher: The Bird Sanctuary

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Eighteen


Nicholas Tsangaris: Nature’s Filter & Romney Marsh Thatchery

(top left) Justyna Lesny: The Lichen Incubator; (top right) Guy Sinclair: Shingle Radial Seismograph; (bottom left) Georgios Malliaropoulos: Institute of Ground Tectonics; (bottom right) Vilde Bakkeli Sand: The Newt Sanctuary

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-One

Gill Lambert & Geoff Shearcroft Gill Lambert & Geoff Shearcroft are architects and academics. They practice at AOC, an award-winning London based practice, where they engage with communities and their cultures to make designs that are useful, valuable and joyful. They are currently developing new learning spaces for English Heritage, The National Archives and the V&A, and delivering national museums in County Durham and Yorkshire. Gill was born and grew up in Yorkshire while Geoff is a keen and regular visitor. Building Design Column Applied logic & rules Taking the Quarry contours and setting them into the square plan to create the dissaranged columns.

DS21: Cultivating the Wild Yr1: Ying Yu Ally Fung, Nicholas Kousoulou, Nat Saligupta, Roksana Wyrwa Yr2: Elise Billings-Evans, Kelsie Cummins, Pippa Oakes, Elena Oliinyk, Ryan Pohan

Distance 2 and 6 m apart. Rules for putting columns on the quarry typography: 1.follow contours of the quarry 2. At a minimal and maximum distance apart 3. At least on corner must be joint to a contour Active framing of landscape

DS21 IS CONCERNED with people, places and politics. Faced with today’s global environmental crisis the response of architects ranges between eco-abstinence, technological salvation and outright denial. We believe a more optimistic, progressive approach is to be found through a meaningful interrogation of the Wild – as a place, an ecology and a material quality – to understand how buildings may better co-exist with the natural world. We began by collecting texts, images and objects that defined Wild-ness, allowing individual definitions to evolve. These were developed through large expressive drawings of wild landscapes and wild objects that explored the quality, evolution and manipulation of found materials. The context for our investigations was the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a man-made, state-sanctioned wilderness suffering from flooding, unemployment and a declining economy. In response to a recent government report calling for a ‘transformational catalyst project’, students collectively developed visions, briefs and spatial constitutions for new universities in the Dales.

Guest Critics: Nimi Attanayake, Matt Barnes, Harry Charrington, James Crawford, Robert Mull, Ella Riley, Anna Wakeford Holder 214

Distance 2 and 4 m apart. Rules for putting columns on the quarry typography: 1.follow contours of the quarry 2. At a minimal and maximum distance apart 3. At least on corner must be joint to a contour After these attemps at the distance of column spacing the 2 to 6 meters was more efficient and less cramped.

Channelling the utopian radicalism of the ‘plateglass’ universities founded in the 1960s, we investigated the physical and social forms of relevant universities around the globe, supported by trips to Cambridge and Yorkshire. We studied the relationship between landscape and learning, considering how form, material and myths define the particular qualities of an inhabited landscape. With collectively developed briefs, each student proposed a learning community with new pedagogical, social and political ambitions to meet the challenges of the 21st century. An experience-led approach to design combined day-in-the life studies with precise, scaled technical drawings. Considerations of embodied carbon were embedded in the selection of materials that define the spatial experience. Collectively cultivating the wild, there were no predetermined outcomes. Embracing the grown and the made, the final proposals create a diversity of wild architectures that seek to meet our material, social and emotional needs in balance with the global ecosystem in which we all live.

(top left) Ryan Pohan: Primal Drawing (top right) Nat Saligupta: Gordale Scar Learning Centre (bottom left) Elena Oliinyk: Wild character with natural dyes (bottom right) Elise Billings-Evans: Light exposure & raku tiles ( facing page) Nicholas Kousoulou: Demented grid

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-One

(top left) Elena Oliinyk: STEaM Co-Op University Town Hall; (top right) Roksana Wyrwa: Simon’s Seat Research Centre: YEAPS (below) Nat Saligupta, Pippa Oakes & Elena Oliinyk: STEaM Co-Op University, a drawn brief (opposite) Elise Billings-Evans: Peat Gate Campus


MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-One

(top) Kelsie Cummins: Civic Agriculture at Ravenseat College; (below) Ying Yu Ally Fung: Buttertubs Agrigultural College; (opposite) Pippa Oakes: Inter-Wild


MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Two

Nasser Golzari & Yara Sharif Nasser Golzari and Yara Sharif are award-winning architects and academics with an interest in design as a means to facilitate and create resilient communities. Combining research with design, their work runs parallel between their architectural practice, NG Architects, their research team, PART, and their Design Studio, DS22, at the University of Westminster. Golzari and Sharif have won a number of prestigious awards including the 2013 Agha Khan Award, 2014 Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, and 2013 & 2016 RIBA President’s Award for Research. The way they run the studio is very similar to how they run the practice, with a combination of design, drawings, testing and making.

DS22: New Rituals On The Edge: Exposing Dirty Secrets Yr1: Adrian-Calin Paul, Filippo Cocca, Anne Lesieur, Estera Lonela Badelita, Molly Sharps

Yr2: Shukri Bihi, Karine Cholet, Lisa Daniel, Gergana Georgieva, Giulia Jemec, Manuela Manjarrez, Ruta Perminaite, Moin Mohamad Rafik, Dominik Scigala, Bianca Turnea

THIS YEAR, DS22 explored new social narratives and architectural prototypes to re-inhabit the edge; ones that can re-stitch our crumbling landscape and heal fractured communities.

climate refugees, illegal trading, waste and toxic landfills are all located at the edge. As much as it carries challenges, the edge and the margins are loaded with potentials for change. The edge is the meeting point between land and sea, between the migrants and the ‘locals’, the home of nomads, a route for migrating birds… and above all, a space for reclamation.

We critiqued the obsession with consumption and land grab at the expense of our ecology – both the physical and the social. We tried through our design interventions to expose the global exploitation of resources under the glitter of capitalism. We not only looked at environmental ecology, but also social ecology, making sure issues of equality, diversity and right to resources are interrogated.

Why the edge?

The edge is physically and metaphorically a zone of confrontation which has been left out to decline. A witness to the exploitation of land and sea; a witness to inequality, greed, state power, social injustice and territorial exploitation. Coastal neighbourhoods, eroded by the rise of sea levels, encroaching tides, forgotten political and

The projects this year varied in their scope and location. Starting from Napoli, crossing to Marseille, Brighton, The English Channel, Mogadishu and Alang, the interventions were placed at the edge between the crumbling land and the constantly moving sea. The proposals explored Seasonal Communes as an alternative way of habitation. Through elevating, extending and floating, each proposal offered an ephemeral/seasonal landscape that can dress and undress itself to be in harmony with its surroundings. One that can move with the wind, migrate with birds and float with the current. @ds22westmin

Guest Critics: Angela Brady (Brady Mallalieu Architects), Danilo Bulatovic, Andrew Carr (Brady Mallalieu Architects), Charlotte Catsu, Jake Cripwell, Elliot Ellis Brown, Murray Fraser, Sean Griffiths, Jane McAllister, Samir Pandya, Pete Silver, Ben Stringer, Sun Yan Yee (Grimshaw) 220

Special Thanks: Angela Brady and Andrew Carr (Brady Mallalieu Architects) for their valuable input and ongoing support for the students throughout the year, and to Hardev Singh (Harnam Developers) for their generous contribution to the exhibition. Moin Rafik: The Temple of Reincarnation

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Two


(top) Lisa Daniel:Small Things, Micro Exchange; (bottom left) Anne Lesieur: From The Mountain To The Sea; (bottom right) Bianca Turnea: Cour Collective

10 Entrance 11 Bedroom 12 Study 13 Rooftop terrace SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES 14 Windmill 15 Wind flute 16 Solar panels 17 Water storing vessel 18 Tide indicators 19 Hydraulic floaters 20 Oscillating water column 21 Greywater recycling system 22 Irrigation fountain 23 Desalination system EXISTING 24 Residential building 25 Cliff STRUCTURE 26 Gabion Wall 27 Post-tension stone pillar 28 Galvanised steel bracket 29 Galvanised steel connection to stone 30 Galvanised steel flitch plate 31 Concrete column 32 Concrete footing 33 CLT floor slab 34 Timber beam 35 CLT wall 36 Green roof 37 Post-tension stone structure 38 Copper cladding 39 Brass cladding 40 Marble tiles 41 Siberian larch cladding 42 Life raft 0



(bottom left) Molly Sharps: When We Fall Asleep, Where Do They Go?; (right) Ruta Perminaite: Paradise On The Edge

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Two


(top left) Karine Cholet: The Found Paradise; (top right) Estera Badelita: World’s Largest Graveyard; (bottom) Giulia Jemec: Collective Corridor

(top right) Moin Rafik: The Temple of Reincarnation; (middle) Dominik Scigala: Under The Pier & In the Side Alleys; (bottom) Gergana Georgieva: Familiar Home

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Three

Richard Difford, François Girardin & David Scott DS23 is led by three experienced tutors each of whom brings a different set of skills and knowledge to the studio. Richard Difford is an academic with expertise both in creative technologies and architectural history. His teaching focuses on architectural representation, the history of science and mathematics, and the use of electronics and coding in architectural design. François Girardin has extensive international experience in architecture and is currently involved in teaching design and cultural context. He has specialist interests in material technologies and digital fabrication. David Scott is an academic and Director of the Fabrication Lab. His interests are in the transformative application of digital technologies to architectural design.

DS23: Architecture and Media in the 21st Century Yr1: Kevin Ferenzena, Ecem Karaagac, Larisa Manga,Thomas Rowntree, Sian Sliwinska

Yr2: Kiesse Andre, Chantal Barnes, Mariia Galiullina, Molly, Harper, Areesha Khalid, Tanzina Miah, Volha Prus, Alcan Zekia

‘The next medium, whatever it is […] will include television as its content, not as its environment, and will transform television into an art form.’ Marshall McLuhan, 1967

transmissions are replaced by streaming on demand and all forms of media continue to evolve online through NetFlix and a host of other media providers including Amazon and Facebook. Meanwhile film and television studios in the UK remain big business with around thirty new studios currently under construction.

FACING ONE ANOTHER across the expanse of London, Alexandra Palace in the north, and Crystal Palace in the south, each provide distinctive landmarks on the distant horizon. Perched on the rim of the London basin they are both the sites of television masts. Both are remnants of a bygone age. Yet they stand defiant against the rapidly changing world of media technology… Beaming out the invisible signals of an almost defunct broadcast media to an ever-diminishing audience of synchronous viewers.

Over the past two years, DS23 has explored the way digital, information and communication technologies have fundamentally changed the way we live – and the architecture we inhabit. Through this process we have discovered new opportunities, and exciting new technologies to employ. We have also been able to consider new building types and the programmatic implications of new technology on culture and society. This year the story continued with a particular focus on Architecture and media. Drawing on media and film theorists such as Marshall McLuhan and Sergei Eisenstein (as well as architect/theorists such as Bernard Tschumi and Anthony Vidler) we examined both the architectural infrastructure that supports contemporary media and the nature and structure of the media itself.

Once part of the brave new world of electronic and communications technology, broadcast media may be on the way out but media technologies continue to thrive. Synchronous

Guest Critics: Kristofer Adelaide, Anthony Boulanger, Gillian Lambert, Laura Nica, Pippa Skingsley, Nikola Wolkova 226

) Thomas Rowntree: Sets in Motion: An independent filmmaker facility


MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Three



(top) Kevin Ferenzena: Institute of Special Effects; (bottom) Larisa Manga: London Panorama




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(top) Mariia Galiullin: A TV studio in the park; (bottom) Volha Prus: Art Conservation Center And Landscape

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Three



(top) Sian Sliwinska: Reconstructing the Court; (bottom) Tanzina Miah: Seen Ad-Cadmia

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(top) Molly May Harper: Searching the Skies; (bottom) Areesha Khalid: Refugee Transitional Facility and Cultural Retreat

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MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Five

Alessandro Ayuso & Mary Konstantopoulou Alessandro Ayuso is a designer, author and teacher. His studio-based practice focuses on the intersection of representation, architecture, and the body. His research is the subject of his book, Experiments with Body Agent Architecture: The 586-year-old Spiritello in Il Regno Digitale, published by UCL Press. Mary Konstantopoulou is an architectural designer and illustrator. Her work explores the theme of humans’ relationships with environments and culture, and invites a questioning of architecture’s role in sustainability and myth-making. She currently works with Jan Kattein Architects on community engagement and meanwhile projects.

DS25: Speculative Fabulations and Embodied Ecologies / Body Monsters in Woolwich Yr1: Clara-Romana Pop, Cristina Raluca Sarla

Yr2: Adriaan Baldwin, Oscar Brown, Asena Koksal, Isabel Mills Lyle, Aaron Spiers-Reed, Megan Woods

THIS YEAR, DS25 explored architectural issues revolving around (human and non-human) bodies and ecologies by envisioning future scenarios. Donna Haraway’s notion of Speculative Fabulations, or narratives imagining daring and productive futures, provided inspiration as we embarked on design projects. With its history in manufacturing, its burgeoning arts communities, and its position on the shore of the Thames, Woolwich presented a setting full of both perplexing problems and fascinating potential.

In the second semester, we expanded our initial ideas and the architectural seed of the Ecological Enabler Elements into building designs. The results were adventurous visions augmenting Woolwich. For instance, a project conveyed through the format of a graphic novel explored the future of domestic environments; it began with the invention of a kitsch figurine taking on attributes of Woolwich’s domestic spaces and resulted in a museum of domesticity where materials are upcycled on-site and incorporated into the construction. Another project described through an archaeological dossier from a thousand years in the future, looking back to our near future, explored human-animal coexistence in the ecology of the Thames’ shore. Starting with the invention of a Body Monster called the Ma’Wooly (a genetically re-engineered mammoth which would be a beneficial part of a future Thames ecology), the porous clay and concrete theatre building in this scenario allows for the enormous mammals to be co-inhabitants of not only the building, but also of Woolwich itself.

We started the year by creating hybrid protagonists. These ‘Body Monsters’ provided situated points of view and provoked ideas about speculative narratives and architectural concepts. Each student looked at Woolwich through their Body Monster’s eyes via urban drifts, storyboards, animations and mappings. Synthesising ideas from the extreme scales of the body and the city, we then designed architectural fragments we called Ecological Enabler Elements in our individual sites in Woolwich.

Guest Critics: Lauriane Hewes, Laura Kershaw (Emrys), Akmaral Khassen (Squire and Partners), Constance Lau, Stefano Perretti (Ryder Architecture), Sylwia Poltorak (Lobster Enterprises), Nat Reading (AK Patterson), Era Savvides (Urban Radicals), Jacob Spence (MICA Architects Ltd), Alexandros Tzortzis de Paz (Foster + Partners), Chuxiao Wang (ACME Architects), Jamie Whelan ( Jamie Whelan Studio) 232

Special Thanks: Bourne Architects, Bourne Management & Building, and The Harris Partnership Aaron Spiers-Reed: View of a media hub and debate pavilion

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Five


(top) Clara-Romana Pop: Views of the CareCrow Hostel; (bottom) Adriaan Baldwin: Narrative storyboards of Tea House and market façade elements

Isabel Mills Lyle: (left) Elevation of Sru (Body Monster); (right) Plan and overall view of the Hyga Bathhouse

MArch Architecture | Design Studio Twenty-Five


Asena Koksal: (top) Ruins of the Ma’levee, view and aerial view of the Ma’levee and theatre; (bottom) Genetic modifications transforming Mammoths to Ma’woolies

Megan Woods: graphic novel panel, model of Domestic Goddess figure, view of the Museum of Domesticity

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