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Oxford Architecture yearbook 2010

Department of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK
ISBN 978-1-87640-76-0
Tel +44 (0)1865 483200 arch@brookes.ac.uk

First year 4

Vertical units A-H 8

Interior Architecture units 40


Design Studios DS1-6 48

Design specialisms/Masters:

Sustainable Building:Performance and Design 72

Development and Emergency Practice 76

Urban Design 80

Advanced Architectural Design 84

International Architectural Regeneration and Development 88

Major Study 92

Research Degrees 93

RIBA Office-Based Exam 94

Events and Prizes 95

Staff/credits 96

Cover: Pavan Birdi

(Unit C, Igea Troiani and Andrew Dawson)
Few things give a better guide to the year saw the introduction of a new
state of studio culture in a school than undergraduate studio aligned to the
the end of year exhibition – and if this masters in Sustainable Building:
year’s exhibition is anything to go by, Performance and Design. Students
studio culture at Oxford Brookes is in Unit G were asked to engage
flourishing. What to me is striking is directly with the challenge of climate
not just the quality of the work but its change, conceiving buildings that
diversity, with exquisitely crafted hand move beyond zero carbon – a tall
drawings and maquettes – architecture order for experienced professionals
as fine art with a capital A - jostling but one that our undergraduates
alongside strategies for tackling showed themselves keen to address.
urban deprivation in the UK and for
promoting development in South The approach adopted in Unit E,
African townships. While some (but taught by a team fresh from the
not many!) schools can match Oxford École Spéciale in Paris, could hardly
Brookes in terms of quality of output, have been more different. Here the
none I think can match us for the sheer emphasis was on the sensuous and
diversity of student achievement. sensibility, using advanced digital
techniques not just to represent but to
Take for instance the three new explore a post-consumerist attitude to
studios introduced into the BA and nature and the city and to develop a
Diploma programmes this year. In line language appropriate to it. Here again
with the school’s policy of ‘cascading’ the challenge posed to the students
the world-leading research expertise was daunting but their response,
of its research clusters – from PhDs in terms of imagination and formal
to masters degrees, to postgraduate, manipulation, was remarkable.
to undergraduate programmes – this

The focus of the new Diploma unit, ranging from the live projects in first international charities who had seen
DS2, was different again: architect not year BA (where else do first year too many dollars being wasted on
just as form-maker but as facilitator, students present their proposals to inappropriate structures. Prominently
the person who, in a world marked local councilors just a month into located on the main route through
by recession and economic collapse, their studies?) through the Make the campus, it was a powerful
has the skills to help mend the city. Bethnal Green housing competition reminder of the challenges we face
While the objective is social, the in Diploma (what other school took as a civilization – and of the crucial
discipline is financial, and so the the two top prizes in a national RIBA role of architects, and architecture, in
students collaborated with their peers competition?) to the Tunis project ensuring those challenges are met.
on the Brookes MBA programme to of the IARD masters (where else do
develop and test the value modeling students get the chance to re-shape Prof Mark Swenarton
of their proposals. By working the centre of a 1000 year old city?).
with the ‘two Oxfords’, the city of Head of the Department of Architecture
privilege and the city of deprivation, At this year’s exhibition, thanks to
and exploring the business case for Andrea Placidi’s clever but simple
architectural invention, it was not just cube structures and Harriet Harriss’s
the environment but the role of the striking graphics, the clarity of the
architect that was being re-invented. displays made the richness of the work
fully apparent. Located outside the
Climate change, digital enquiry, exhibition proper was another clever
social entrepreneurship – these but simple structure, but one with a
are just three of the themes being very different purpose, namely the
explored in the 20 or so different hurricane-proof shelter for Haiti. This
undergraduate and postgraduate demonstration building, constructed
studios currently running in the school. by students on the Development and
In other studios the agenda was every Emergency Practice masters, was
bit as demanding and exhilarating, designed by Bill Flinn at the request of Images taken from the 2010 End of year exhibition.


Jane Anderson, Colin Priest,
Emmanuel Dupont, Stephanie
Schultze-Westrum, Colin Smith,
Ana Araujo, Andrea Placidi
Abigail Dunlop, Akcasu Atamert, Alastair Clarke,
Alessandra De Mitri, Alessandra Koengeter-Johnston,
Amy Wong, Ana Mohirta, Ana Popielarska, Anar
Nurseitova, Anisa Nachett, Ashleigh Usher, Ava
Richardson, Avishkar Saha, Ben Pollock, Bryony Henson,
Bryony Preston, Cameron Johnston, Caroline Sistelli,
Catherine Channon, Charles Byron, Charles Palmer,
Charlie Maden, Charlotte Chambers, Chiok-Junn Li, Chloe
Skry, Christina Brierwood, Christoph Braeckelmann,
Christopher Lipski, Daniel Sweeting, David Cooper,
David Jones, David Lisk, David Royston, Debbie Botham,
Deborah Odita, Emir Tigrel, Fearghus Raftery, Frans Khan,
Genevieve Peel, Gerard Fries, Grace Wong, Greg Griffiths,
Guinevere Stephens, Guy Fielding, Harriet Callaghan,
Heidi Gillett, Helena Howard, Hiten Patel, Huda Jaber, Ieva
Rutkauskaite, Jack Hardy, James Evans, Jamie Crapnell,
Jasmin Eastwood, Joanna Gorringe Minto, Joanna
Latham, Jonathan Hasson-Doggrell, Jonathan Lakin,
Jonathan Leung, Jonathan Wilson, Joseph Armstrong,
Joseph Chilvers, Joseph Giddings, Joseph Penn, Joshua
Molnar, Kaja Knutsen, Katie Rudin, Konstantina Faltaka,
Konstantinos Papaoikonomou, Laura Pickervance, Louisa
Preece, Lucinda Prophet, Marissa Ogbeide, Mark Phelan,
Marko Milovanovic, Martino Gasparrini, Matthew Gibbs,
Matthew Rosier, Matthew Sawyer, Matthew Williams,
Melissa Nemer, Michal Stepien, Monique Wyrley-Birch,
Naomi Sayers, Natalie Dossor, Natasha Barry, Nathaniel
Shields, Nicholas Hutton, Nurhidayah Ab Razak, Oliver
Cleveley-Jones, Oliver Cradock, Qendrim Gjata, Rena
Tsangari, Robert Bridges, Ryan Kingsnorth, Sam Harper,
Samuel Deane, Sarah Beven, Sarish Younis, Shaun
Ryder, Shenaz Mayani, Stephanie Lewis, Stiliyana
Minkovska, Sumandeep Sehmar, Suzanne Duncombe,
Tegen Montgomerie, Thea Jacobsen, Thomas Barnes,
Thomas Hall, Thomas Jelley, Thomas Reeves, Thomas
Selby, Thomas Smith, Thomas Wildbore, Tom Reynolds,
Tomislav Biberovic, Vaagisha Kapur, Valentina Billios,
Wojciech Gryz, Xana Murrell, Yiing Ng, Yuliya Marina club for Jericho. As well as our
annual field trip to Berlin the second
This year we focussed our attention semester centred on Headington Hill
on Matter starting with the design Park and the design of a Literary
of public realm improvements for Festival for a living fiction writer.
Oxford City Council at Mount Place.
This included a presentation to the With thanks to Bruno Silvestre, Nick
Planning Committee and a commission Gazanis, Ashifah Dhalla, Gesa Schenk,
to design a INFO_BENCH to be realised Anna Mansfield, Mike Halliwell,
via the OB1 LIVE voluntary design Heena Mystry, Carsten Jungfer, Sarah This page: Mount Place Arboretum; Ripple Park;
facing page: Joseph Giddings; Daniel Sweeting.
and build programme. We continued Stevens, Toby Smith Suzi Winstanley, Overleaf left: Clockwise from top, Katie Rudin;
our thinking with Extraordinary Laurie Cottam, Ithomi Zafiropoulos Joseph Penn; Sarish Younis; Sarish Younis; overleaf
right: Clockwise from top, Ava Richardson, Jack
Matters and a bespoke members’ and second and third year critics. Hardy, Helena Howard, Charles Palmer



Unit A
inter-dependent the human economy in the heart of Deptford to form
and natural ecosystems have become, typological trading places with hybridic
we investigated the spatial praxis of qualities. The needs of a specific
currency. Implementing the production transaction, critically reflecting on
Carsten Jungfer, Colin Priest of Pro-local Infrastructures© in locality, engaged bespoke methods
Casey Bibby, Clemence Boru, Joseph Brown, Jing Chen, the context of Lewisham, London, of production and spatial enterprise
Alexandra Cleovoulou, Konstantinos Damiris, Chloe
Dawber, Constance De Zuttere, Lucy Dickson, Vincenzo
we engaged in negotiating a new with sustainable technologies,
Di-Trolio, Marco Facchin Moretto, Richard Farrelly, pedestrian connection – Route No.1 exploiting context as a resource.
Jason Fowler, Nicholas Green, Jonathan Hughes,
Aleksandra Jaraczewska-Syed, Carlos Lora Yunen,
– under collaboration with Design for
Christo Markidis, David Morgan, Jack Morton-Gransmore, London. Social, environmental and With thanks to Andrew Carmichael,
Harriet Nelson, Funmilola Oluleye, Federic Sher, Joseph
Storey, Joshua Thomas, Robert Tsang, Thomas Walker
economic processes were harnessed Michael Corr, Emmanuel Dupont,
to create new forms of ‘acupunctural’ Tobias Goevert, James Gunn,
This year, with fiscal crises and interventions in the public realm. Christoph Hadrys, Robert Helmholz,
natural disasters underlining how Identified themes were then stabilised Tak Hoshino, Elliot Krause, Amanda

Li Hope, Georgios Makridis, Anna
Mansfield, Johannes Müller-Lotze,
Jan-Marc Petroschka, Richard Phillips,
Mike Stephens, and Conor Worth.

Facing page: Nicholas Green; this page: Joseph

Brown; Vincenzo Di-Trolio. Overleaf left clockwise
from top: Jack Morton-Gransmore; Joshua Thomas,
Casey Bibby; overleaf right, clockwise from top:
Joseph Brown, Thomas Walker, Carlos Lora Yunen



Unit B
Sarah Stevens, Patrick Bonfield
Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez, Maria Apostolopoulou,
Carlota Boyer, Elliott Cohen, Hannah Davies, Romey
Edwards, Ciaran Farmer, William Fisher, Lauren Fresle,
Charlotte Griffiths, Francis Hunt, Charlotte Knight,
Ileana Liaskoviti, John Marshall, James Muller,
Molly Odhiambo, Austen Scott, James Smith,
U leong To, Johan Torklep, Matthew Winning, Jonathan
Woolford, Seung Yeon Yu, Kala Yuen, Anna Zezula

A cloak of amnesia has fallen over

the city, the inhabitants are lost in
dreaming. Like sleep walkers they
unknowingly interact with natural
global systems. Meanwhile the
consequences build. Encased in their
human centric compound, its layers
of protection, once an aid to survival
now form blinkers to reality, building
a belief of infallibility and control.
The city is so vast that the edges are
forgotten. The world within revolves
around processes and matters alien
to the natural world once inhabited,
which they now believe they control.

In the shadow of Copenhagen,

Pittsburgh and the economic crisis we
aimed to question human society’s
underlying relationship to the natural
world in the midst of the largest
expression of human culture, the
city. We explored the potential for
new ways forward, pushing away
the entrenchment in paradigms of
control and domination over nature
to reveal the complex, chaotic and
nonlinear world in which we now live.

We do not live in a static

unchanging world. Can architecture
reawaken within the city a link
to the world’s fluctuations and
our place within them?

Facing page, from top left: Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez,
James Smith, U leong To, Charlotte Knight; above
Charlotte Grace, Francis Hunt, Francis Hunt, Charlotte
Grace, U leong To. Overleaf, clockwise from top left:
Jonathan Woolford; Charlotte Knight; Rodolfo Acevedo
Rodriguez; Will Fisher; James Smith; Will Fisher;
Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez; Hannah Davies; Charlotte
Knight; Hannah Davies; John Marshall; James Smith;
Charlotte Knight; Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez.



Unit C
becomes so thick we can’t breathe, deliberately set the environmental
when we can no longer live on the agenda as a creative one, extending
earth? What architectural technologies beyond our current solutions into
will we adopt to save us? The a world of unknown architectures,
Igea Troiani, Andrew Dawson environmental agenda is having an urbanism and new social systems.
Emmanouil Afendakis, Gregory Andrews, Oliver Beros, unprecedented effect on contemporary Students were encouraged to design
Pavan Birdi, Imogen Blaikie, Astrid Bois d’Enghien, architecture, practice and education. a futurist-primitive architecture
David Cloux, Amy Corsan, Stephanie Forbes, Gavin
Fraser, Harry Grocott, Karla Johnson, Louise Kimpton, All our media heralds it as the most for 2048. The two projects were:
Misha King, Jenna Larke, Benjamin Northover, Samuel important design issue. This Unit the British Ministry of Survival
O’Donovan-Jones, Jonathan Paley, Hannah Pells,
George Regnart, Alexander Richardson, Stephanie C studio evaluated, in a critical, Research Laboratory, Trafalgar
Spiteri, Patrick Stimpson, Marius Storseth, Sarah Timm, speculative and playful way, the Square, London; and M2SW
Matthew Townsend, Green Vangogh, Laurence Walter
problem of the future of planet earth. (Manhattan Sanctuary of Spiritual
What happens when water resources By embracing science fiction as Worship), Manhattan or London.
diminish, when industrial pollution an architectural tool, the studio
With thanks to Esther Rivas Adrover,
Maita Kessler, Christophe Gerard,
Hieu Nguyen, Paul Southouse,
Lars Teichmann, Will Elkins.

This page: Misha King; Astrid Bois D’Enghien;

facing page: Misha King; Matthew Townsend;
Matthew Townsend. Overleaf left: Benjamin
Northover; overleaf right, clockwise from top left:
Laurence Walter; Pavan Birdi, Pavan Birdi



One of the first projects that Beat built on the students’ understanding
the Boundaries asked the unit to of the research, thoughts and
develop was a Mobile Music Studio. issues that formed the basis of the
The Music Studio will, once funded design of the music studios. After
Melissa Kinnear, Matt Clay and finally built, act as a catalytic participating in two workshops in
Zineb Benslimane, Eugenie Bliah, Cristina (Raluca) Cirstoc,
tool to be deployed into hard to reach Durban, South Africa with different
Merete Claudi-Nielsen, Ned Collier Wakefield, Ciara De La communities around the world, and local organisations and engaging with
Cour, Sarah Jane Harrop-Griffiths, Katie Johnson, Sophie
Lewis, Jonathan Motzafi-Haller, JungA Park, Emma
form the initial seed from which a Beat a local community group in Blackbird
Parsons, Amin Rahman, Alistair Rennie, Miranda Squire, the Boundaries arts facility will grow. Leys in Oxford, the students began
Charlotte Whatcott, Behcet Yeniguc, Emily Ballance,
Kyle Bush, Carley Freeman, Michail Kalamenios, Luke
to understand what it means to work
Marchant, Behnoud Najafi, Giulia Quadrato, Linn Slattum
The mobile studios were developed with a more developmental focus.
by students in small teams and
Edutainment: investigating issues of the projects had to be designed From here they were encouraged
social, contextual and ethical space; to facilitate and enable initial pilot to investigate the question, ‘How
developing arts-based catalyst projects events in many different contexts do we as designers begin to
to reunify and reunite communities and cultures. The students were address complex issues within
encouraged to consider how to marginalised communities?’
In 2009/10 this unit worked create studios which would nurture
closely with Beat the Boundaries, a outreach work taking place from the
youth-run organisation aspiring to grass-roots up to where music/dance/
encourage excellence in creativity. performance can become a tool to
This innovative young persons engage with all people, beating down
trust has been set up to develop possible boundaries between different
ambitious projects which centre on cultures, classes, genders and ages.
music and the arts as an appealing This page: Sophie Lewis; facing page: Giulia Quadratto;
medium in which young people can Tapping into semester one’s theme of Jonathan Motzafi-Haller. Overleaf left, clockwise
from top: Sophie Lewis; Junga Park; Emily Balance;
build confidence and self-respect. Edutainment, semester two’s project Junga Park; overleaf right: Emily Balance; Kyle Bush



Unit E
Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui,
Justin C.K. Lau
Andrey Mitov, Diana Elia, George Guest,James Simcock
John Barham, Kate Jones , Michael Bell, Michelle
Evans, Mital Patel , Pavel Stankov, Rachel Shotliff ,
Simon Kent , Saeid Golijani, Thomas Pniewski , Viral
Shah, Abigail Reid , Abigail Whitelow, Anna Beer,
Ayiannis Christofides , Bharat Pankhania, Edmund
Drury, Ergit Bedalli, James Booth, Jonathan Gillett,
Joshua Evans , Kah Shuen Lee, Sebastian Andraos

The experimentation of this unit is

driven by research which focuses and media, flipping between the
primarily on a ‘digital green’ design digital and the actual to formulate
methodology that is intrinsically discoveries. The investigations can
associated with a sense of formal, involve relationships formed by bio-
structural and spatial complexity as sciences, greeneries, food production,
seen in the nature of plants. This climatic ecologies, and bio-diversity in
borrows from baroque thinking an urban environment. The knowledge
along with the morphing with gained from the studies of east and
classical architectural semantics, west gardens is used intellectually
which allows for playful theatrical to design natural and artificial
tectonics and typologies. tectonics as a hybrid construction
methodology. The final building
‘Luxurious’ once had a close project redefines luxurious, luxuriant,
association with ‘elegance’ in historical or loss values and breaks free from
architectural discourse, most notably the conditioned spaces of the city.
in baroque arts and architecture,
where the dramatic style of form, With thanks to Jason Chan, Yaojen
geometries, tectonics, lavish foliage Chuang, Ben Cowd, Myoungjae Kim,
and ornamentation was to impress in Linnea Isen, Tobias Klein, Dietmar
the most sensual and opulent manner. Koering, Damjan Iliev, Sara Shafiei,
‘Luxuriance’, the phenomena of the Natasha Telford, Sanja Tiedemann,
21st century consumer driven culture, Filipa Valente, Johan Voordouw.
is one that is excessive with lavish
goods driven by desires, sins, and
obsessions. ‘Loss’ - the void must be
‘discovered’; it is concealed within the This page: Edmund Drury; George Guest; Aylannis
Christofides; NO NAME; James Simcock; facing page,
illusions generated by the sophisticated clockwise from top left: Sebastian Andraos; Viral Shah;
composition of excessive foliage. The Andrey Mitov; Joshua Evans; Kah Shuen Lee; Diana
Ella; James Simcock; Thomas Pniewski; John Barham.
foliage could be defined as a natural, Overleaf left: Michelle Evans; overleaf right: Michael Bell
artificial, or semi-living material.

The narrative-driven design

methodologies were experimented
on a wide range of design techniques



Unit F
a pavilion) set in the relatively rural the urban setting of the second
and picturesque environment of the is the Thames, thereby obviating
upper Thames. The client for this the need for transport by car.
home was one of four given MPs
Amanda Marshall, Anthony Wise (William Gladstone, Benjamin Disraeli, Our starting point was the
Robert Boltman, Natalie De La Mare, Edivaldo Dias Dos Jeffrey Archer or Jonathan Aitken). MPs’ expenses row and the
Santos, Joess Dos Santos, Elizabeth Johnson, Stefanie
Kuhn, Constantine Lemos, Stephen Monk-Chipman,
Architects’ Journal Brief that
Ioannis Sakkis, Ralph Saull, James Spittle. The second and main project of was set in the wake of it.
Sofia Alexeli, Steven Ascensao, Augustin Colcombet,
Jonathan Comfort, Tom Greenfield, Joshua Greig,
the year was to design a home for
Maria Kiuber, Ruth Marsh, Harriet Marshman, a number of MPs (a group, a gang, With thanks to Barti Garibaldow,
Harry Ogden, Rashedi Mohammad Hossein, Kaspar
Varmuza, Alexander Wateridge, Joanna Wright.
a clique, a tribe), which could be Adrian Robinson and Pascal Madoc-
as little as 10 or as many as 500. Jones, and to Conor Worth and
This year the unit examined the This might be called a castle, a Richard Philips for their help with
domestic environment and designed barracks, a palace, a ship of state, computer skills (and to Rich for his
two types of home - the first for an a ship of fools, a prison. Situated in steer on the Architects’ Journal Brief).
individual, the second for a group. Westminster, within an eight minute
dash to the Houses of Parliament. This page: Kaspar Varmuza; facing page, clockwise
The first project was to create an from top left: Kaspar Varmuza; Ruth Marsh; Ruth Marsh;
idiosyncratic country retreat (a folly, The link between the rural Steven Ascensao; Steven Ascensao. Overleaf left:
Constantine Lemos; overleaf right, clockwise from top
a boat-house, a tree-house, a dacha, environment of the first project and left: Ralph Saull; Elizabeth Johnstone; Jonathan Comfort


Location and Site Plan

Location Plan Scale 1:2500

1. Westminster Bridge
2. The London Eye
3. The Houses of Parliament

Site Plan Scale 1:500


Unit G
process of evaluation, modelling and health problems. Second year
testing helped to hone the creative students designed a new autonomous
ideas generated, utilising the latest and ecological office building on
tools and techniques from the MSc the charity’s Oxford site. Third
Fionn Stevenson, Paola Sassi degree in Sustainable Building: year students designed a new
Paul Boldeanu, Sophia Boyd, Juliet Burch, Ali Habibi,
Performance and Design programme training facility at RESTORE’s site
George Haines, Geoffrey Howells, Harry Jones, Chase which is run in the Department. in Didcot, including workshops,
Kaars-Sijpesteijn, William Peck, Eugenie Sainte
Cluque, Savraj Singh Virdee, Lauren Wright, Farah
offices, communal room and
Yusof, Kenzo Ariyasu, Libuse Berry, Heli Bradley, Aaron
This year the unit explored the link ancillary accommodations. Both
Brownsdon, Maren Holte, Luka Kreze, Raphael Le Gall,
Sally Marshall, Frederick Naish, Tsz Ying Monica Ng, between architecture and mental projects, located in a communal
Sarah Piacentino, Antonio Rovira, Richard Taylor
health, focusing on different states garden and adjacent allotments
of perception and engagement with respectively, had a strong relationship
Climate change is here – how do we the environment, understanding with the natural environment.
move forward? As architects we are how wellbeing can be positively
challenged to design environments linked to sustainable design.
which positively enhance our planetary
resource base. We promote a way In the first semester the students
of building and living that moves designed a biodegradable bicycle
beyond zero carbon buildings and into ‘sculpstand’ for Warnford Hospital
regenerative architecture which helps Outpatients’ Department and then a
a place to grow naturally. To do this, Retreat Pod intended to provide an
we used an evidence-based approach escape from the stress of urban living.
to design which draws deeply on
the ecology of place and its link with In the second semester the unit This page: Luka Kreze; facing page: Luka Kreze.
emerging sustainable construction worked on two live projects with Overleaf left clockwise from top left: Luka Kreze; Juliet
Burch; Paul Boldeanu; Geoffrey Howells; overleaf right,
methods which best integrate RESTORE, an Oxfordshire charity clockwise from top left: Geoffrey Howells; Luka Kreze;
with local ecosystems. A rigorous that supports people with mental Aaron Brownsdon; Aaron Brownsdon; Farah Yusof



Unit H
nature reserve). These formed fullest expression in carefully crafted
the Ideas Exchange, for which presentations, explicit, so that their
students developed their own brief consequences could be appreciated,
within a proposed framework. perhaps enjoyed and maybe even
Ronnie MacLellan, Toby influence future constructions. This
Smith, Elliott Wingfield If we had a manifesto it was that we year’s unit patron was St Jerome.
sought an architecture that was driven
Josh K Allen, Dino Dale, Louis Fleming-Gale,
Michael Halloran, Hong Wai Hew, Fraser Leach-
by design process, rather than dogma With thanks to Sarah Royse.
Smith, Eleanor Nichols, Matthew Phillips-Howard,
or adoption of style. We expected
Michael Pozerskis, Alim Saleh, Tarek Shalaby, Henrik
Thomassen, Jessica Bell, Alison Cadman, Riddhi
this design process to yield form
Chauhan, Emma Cuthbert, Clare Diggins, William
This page: Alim Saleh; Fraser Leach-Smith; facing page:
Alim Saleh; Sazan Ucmaklioglu. Overleaf left, clockwise
which was expressive of meaning, a
Garforth-Bles, Imran Harji, Johnathan Headland,
from top left: Michael Straw; Joshua Kaigh Allen; Fraser
Johnny Hodgkins, Chantelle Holt, Robert Petherick,
celebration of what the building was
Pavinder Sahota, Michael Straw, Suzan Ucmaklioglu
Leach-Smith; Clare Diggins; Hong Hew Wai; overleaf
right, clockwise from top left: Hong Hew Wai; Robert
and contained. We did not support Petherick; William Garforth-Bles; William Garforth-Bles
self referential, attention-seeking
Unit H speculated on the future wealth architecture. Rather we hoped to
of the UK being based on the Ideas find a way to add to the environment
Economy. The unit’s theme was to in a manner that connected to what
design a place for this process. We was around. We believe architecture
encouraged students to explore issues must be sustainable in a meaningful
that were of particular interest to way, taking only what was essential,
them. Consequently the projects were and giving back more in return
student, rather than tutor, centred. wherever possible. We all questioned
everything – assumptions belonging
The projects focused on the provision to the field of tradition which had no
of space for the development of place in our thinking. We were not
ideas - desk (non site), writing room, afraid to be innovative. Finally, we
and an ideas laboratory (Grandpont asked that ideas should be given their



Andrea Placidi, Allan Sylvester, the studio and introduce specific Further subjective aspects that
Christian McLening design detail, using sketching, required recording were qualitative
Rebecca Adjei, Parveer Braich, Adam Brazier, Sofiya prototyping and testing models. notions, dependent on materials, finish,
Burnusuz, Emily Falcon, Rebecca Fulton, Kate Gavrilovic,
Alison Gray, Corinne Kramer, Alice Lockerbie, Camille texture, details, and other elements
Mandy, Tina Mansour, Caroline Meadley, Sophie The design proposals were that evoke immediate sensations.
Pocock, Crysantiara Ramdhan, Gemma Roberts, Laila
Sheikhzadeh, Kathryn Sims, Rika Sonobe, Victoria
evaluated from a branding point of
Spencer, Cait Sweeney, Rebecca Woods, Johannes Zenk view, including a design mission The students recorded the working
statement with corporate/brand sequence by tracking the presence of
‘Architecture does not consist in identity and production process. people onto sequential orthographic
the sum of the width, length, and drawings, complemented by a series
height of the structural element Measurements Workshop: the aim of images showing different visual
that enclose space, but in the void of this exercise was to understand point of views, including the use of
itself, the enclosed space where and represent the activity of a short films or 3D computer animation.
man lives and moves . . .’ Bruno person in space, in this case a work
Zevi - Architecture as Space, 1957 environment. Measuring exactly
the complex work ‘routine’ became
This year we introduced a new indispensable. This design workshop
Facing page, from top: Caroline Meadley; Rika Sonobe;
module in product design for included detailed information about Parveer Braich. Overleaf left: Cait Sweeney; Parveer
Interior Architecture. This was both equipment, space, and the more Braich; Parveer Braich; overleaf right, clockwise from
top left: Caroline Meadley; Cait Sweeney; Emily Falcon;
intended to support the design in difficult measures of movement. Cait Sweeney; Caroline Meadley; Caroline Meadley.

Working (for a) Living: today the office
is not only the place where people
work and produce, but is also where
they spend a large part of their adult
life. The aim of this design brief was
to investigate the design parameters
between office furniture and people,
in the context of the work place,
taking into account measurements,
scale, movement and the interface
between private and public areas.

The parameters usually fell into two

categories: objective, relating to
functionality and ergonomic criteria;
and subjective, concerned with
modes of use and lifestyle. Students
had to determine the concept of
a ‘working space’, a continuous
connection between objective
parts and their use, articulated in
mechanical and human movement.

The site was inside an old industrial

building located between Park End
Street and Hythe Bridge Street in
Oxford. Additional parameters had
to include an assessment/survey of
the existing building, alteration and
the differences between objective
measures and subjective perceptions.

Inside/out (staircase brief): the starting
point for this brief was to consider
the possibility that architecture
might not only be concerned with
the design of buildings, but also with
the activities and the experiences
that take place inside them.

When the focus shifts to people

and their movement and occupation
through space, design becomes
more like choreography, with the
built form shaping and containing
the stage for a variety of rituals
and meaningful experience.

This inverted design approach,

where the outside of the building is
determined by its internal complexity,
produces visible ‘scars’ of the conflict
between inside and outside forces, and
can alter the way in which aesthetics
and technical priorities are dealt with.

Sustainable technology allows for

materials and space to seamlessly
connect across the once impenetrable
external skin. Inside ‘organs’
can evolve and adapt to survive
exposed, and do not need to be
hidden away, but can be celebrated
as primary design features.

The design brief was to replace

the staircase of the Department of
Architecture at Oxford Brookes with
a new structure. The expectation
was to create a suspended meeting
place and also to improve the
relation with the courtyard and the
roof space above the library.

This page: Corinne Kramer; Emily Falcon; Cait Sweeney;

facing page: Cait Sweeney. Overleaf left, clockwise
from top left: Tina Mansour; Sofiya Burnusuz; Rebecca
Fulton; Parveer Braich; overleaf right: Caroline Meadley



programme was tailored to dovetail first involved group site analysis and
into the Thinking Architecture module research, which led to proposals for
lecture series, film-making, essays the replacement of tired mansion
and various technology requisites. blocks in Bethnal Green with 170
new mixed dwellings. The second
Richard Rose-Casemore,
David Gausden Introductory projects introduced was an ‘anywhere’ site with no
Nurfazlina Abd Raffar, Helen Arbuthnot, Ainul the theme of Living. The first, prescriptive parameters or scale. Both
Besar Nawawi, Marcus Cubitt, Christopher Dancer,
Paradigm, involved group research competitions called for an intelligent
David Daplyn, Mark Finney, Nicola Fulton, Tara
Hipwood, Tang Kin, Graham Nicholls, Emily Noden, into 30 seminal twentieth century response to energy efficiency.
Daniel Scriven, Catherine Ure, Roxanne Walters
houses and the design of a new
small guest houses for each host In a break between the two
This year DS1 explored the notion house, through an understanding of competitions we undertook a week-
of dwelling. Housing has been off the underlying principles adopted long study trip to Netherlands,
the architectural student agenda for by the original architect. We then spending time in Amsterdam,
a while, but has returned in recent used Inaki Abalos’ seminal 2001 Rotterdam and Delft. This first-
years as a topical and challenging book, ‘The Good Life; A Guided Visit hand experience of exemplary
proposition, in part due to the profile to the Houses of Modernity’ as a housing projects by international
of schemes such as Accordia in vehicle for a series of imaginary architects proved to be an inspiration
Cambridge, which won the 2008 lifestyles around the notion of home. - it also produced many of the
Stirling Prize. Our ambition in social highlights of the year!
DS1 was to challenge the codes, The benefits of this early theoretical
conventions and standards by which investment were manifested in
new housing is assessed, and apply individual entries for two national
a post-graduate level of discourse competitions: Make Bethnal Green
and design to exemplary - albeit (RIBA in association with Affinity This page: Aaron Birch; facing page: Joe Williams;
hypothetical - environments for living, Sutton); and Urban Suburban (RIBA Aaron Birch. Overleaf left, clockwise from top:
Richard Mathers; Andrew Longland; Nicholas
working, leisure and recreation. The in association with Nationwide). The Wheeler; overleaf right: George Calver; Aaron Birch



DS 2
In DS2 we recognise that our cities, students at the University of Detroit-
Harriet Harriss, Inderpaul Johar
towns and villages are in the midst Mercy (sponsored by Ibstock Brick).
Caroline Dewast, Mark Dixon, Ffion Lanchbury,
Josh Noad, Amy Harris, Rich Phillips, Bryan Harris, of significant change. Factors include
Alex Towler, James Van Tromp, Sophie Morley, the increased relevance of the green
John Lewicki, Laura Reid, Kim Swallowe In both Oxford and Detroit, the
economy, social entrepreneurship,
students developed integrated
and growing free agency working,
Architecture and urbanism have a ecologies of interconnected micro-
among other things. In this challenging
systemic problem – we have lost the urban interventions, designed to infect
impending future, place shaping and
art of asking the right question. We and transform the existing urbanism
making is increasingly recognised as
have become obsessed by what we of poverty. Working as agents of
being critical to effectively managing
reap (buildings) rather than what we innovation, the projects contain
change. Place-nomics responds to
sow (good ideas). This translates into a fresh design thinking that transforms
this between the two cities of Oxford -
lack of capacity to create strategically urban and planning infrastructure
where almost a third of the population
valid building and design briefs within to include the systems, interactions
live in poverty through a process of
both the academic and industrial and environments of the future.
prototyping and scenario testing.
sectors. This means less sustainable,
less strategically and socially
responsive, non-wasteful building. This process included collaborations
This problem has become more with MBA students as a means
This page: Jan Lewicki; facing page, clockwise from
acute in the context of an economic to explore the value proposition top left: Richard Phillips; Richard Phillips; Richard
downturn, as it prevents agile, cost of architectural innovation on a Phillips; Caroline Dewast. Overleaf left, clockwise from
top left: Bryan Harris; Laura Reid; Josh Noad; Mark
effective, sustainable thinking. field trip to Detroit to participate in Dixon; Ffion Lanchbury; overleaf right, clockwise from
collaborative community design with top: Kimm Swallowe; Alex Towler; Sophie Morley




This page: Kieran Conway; facing page: Tom Macklen.
Overleafleft: Christopher Power; overleaf right clockwise
from top left: Simon Beaumont; Penny Dixon; James Chase

David Grindley, Paul Grindley power through the forces of nature can temperature of water; purification
threaten existence. In other places it
Simon Beaumont, James Chase, Kieran Conway, Paul of water; paradise regained and the
Dean, Penny Dixon, Victoria Harrison, Thomas Macklen,
is the scarcity of water that threatens
Erin Mcloughlin, Thomas Perchard, Christopher urban pool. Plato once declared that
human survival. Human habitation
Power, Stephan Rieger, Natalie Shorter, Christina anyone who could not swim lacked
Voss, Ye Wang, Rob Woodbury, James Yeomans
has grown up around rivers for both a proper education. ‘Go swimming,
the water supply and transportation become healthy and beautiful’.
Water - our most precious commodity, opportunities. Water is the beginning
the essential element for life. Without it and sustainer of life. We explored With thanks to Chris Bannister,
we could not survive. In some places it a number of water based projects: Robert Grindley and Sarah Stevens.
is in abundance, and its presence and the shape of water/water harvester;



Simon Henley, Bruno Silvestre DS4 pitches the visceral aspects of The students have been encouraged
Joao Amorim Da Silva, John Bassom, Raymond Brooks, matter and building against the to make maquettes and models and
Benjamin Cross, Andrew Edwards, Aimee Felton, Rupert
Hitchcock, Thomas Kay, Tordor Kuznetsov, Ian Lapworth,
functional and meta-functional aspects in doing so to distill architectural
Georgios Makridis, Earon Mckie, Kelly O’Driscoll, Natalija of buildings.  Logic, culture and production to the essential and
Razpotnik, Christopher Wenham, Richard Williams
social anthropology, history and type, conceive of it often in rudimentary
landscape and the public realm, scale ways and, to resist excessive and
“If anything is described by an and intimacy, theatre, material and complex formal expression and
architectural plan, it is the nature of light, engineering and construction all computer generated imagery.
human relationships” play their part in the work. Sharing the
Robin Evans, Figures, Doors and development of common projects -
Passageways, 1978 Mildmay Fields Park Infrastructure
and Chess Stadium & National
Chess Centre - the students This page: Benjamin Edwards; facing page: Thomas
have been asked to partake in Kuznetsov. Overleaf left, clockwise from top: Andrew
Felton; Benjamin Edwards; George Mckie; Christopher
collective work and research. Williams; overleaf right: Andrew Felton; Aimee Hitchcock



and seen as a set of characters, seen city with its history and biography.
over a time span of 24 hours. Each
inhabits a set of rooms. The rooms One of the factors that determine
and buildings they inhabit are seen designing for movies or any mediated
Andrew Holmes, Thomas Arnold as sets in a location. The architect’s form is how it looks on film, on the
Lionel Real De Avza, Maria Buontempo, Michael
job is seen as providing the art by screen, to an audience. It is the
Chou, Yinka Enirayetan, James Gunn, Marcella which everyday life is seen as theatre. technologies of surface that determine
Leone, Philip Meikle, Iris Michalou, Matt Morris,
Omar Raza, Perran Trewheza, Michelle Wardle,
Construction of black and white the effectiveness of the illusion.
Becki Woodhams, Hayley Yu, Justin Zawyrucha collages provide the first step in the
description of the rooms and in the
The Extra Room aims to redefine outlining of a storyboard supported
function as psychological. The project by sketches, and photographs.
starts at the small scale, from the
standpoint of the design of three The site is seen as a location in
interiors that provide the theatrical which intense and particular social
backdrop for a particular cast of interactions take place within the
characters with a complex series physical fabric of a set. The set is
of relationships. The first task is to seen as including buildings, but also This page: Michelle Wardle; facing page: Becki
Woodhams. Overleaf left: Perran Trewheza;
choose three characters from three includes the sky, the plants, the Perran Trewheza; James Gunn; overleaf right:
existing movies. They are developed railway and the fabric of the whole Yinka Enirayetan; James Gunn; James Gunn


The Houses of Parliament and the

The unit’s site was Victoria
Tower Gardens and its immediate new accommodation for MPs.
surroundings. The agenda for the
unit, namely dwelling (MP’s second In 2010 there was a General Election.
homes) and Exploration (The Science Given the criticisms and ethical
Matt Gaskin, Toby Shew Institute) overlapped with one dilemmas of the current Members of
Norsyazril Abdul Karim, David Banner, Jonathan another, next to, or perhaps even in Parliament, the unit looked to overhaul
Barnard, Louisa Beaven, Adrian Buckle, Sam Davey,
Laura Evans, Anna Griberman, Alexandra Hinds,
place of, the Houses of Parliament. their public image. In order to change
Robert Kerr, Michael Macias, Mas Fiza Masron, the look, process, and relevance of
Vassiliki Plati, Emilia-Dimitra Tsaoussi, Rahul
Vishwakarma, Andrew Watson, Conor Worth
The Exploratory Science Institute politics and MPs this unit challenged
acted as both a public face for the the very nature and role of MPs,
Unk-Unk Jungle: this unit revolves work, a research institute and the their relationship with the public
around a vision of the future applied headquarters for the Department of and their exposure to the world.
to science, lifestyle, politics, and self. Science, which at present is located
In all there were seven projects - the within the Ministry of Defence. The
project marathon (five projects), design comprised of a department
the main project (one project) and office, a research centre and This page: David Banner; facing page: Anna
the complementary project (one an exhibition space. In addition, Griberman. Overleaf left: Masfiza Masron; Andrew
project). The main project was an students explored the relationship Watson; Norsyazril Abdul Karim; overleaf right,
clockwise from top left: Conor Worth; Jonathan
Exploratory Science Institute. of their design to the River Thames, Barnard; Adrian Buckle; Rahul Vishwakarma


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Chamber of Scientific Debate


Paola Sassi, Smita Chandiwala,
Rajat Gupta, Mary Hancock,
Mick Hutchins, Chris Kendrick,
Maita Kessler, Hossein Sadeghi,
Fionn Stevenson, Nicholas
Walliman, Shaun Wang, Michael
Humphreys, Fergus Nicol
Fadi Ajjoub, Edward Bailey, Francis Bailey, Kevin
Bayliss, Alessandro Belilli, Sue Brockbank, Paula
Brum, Nicholas Del Rio, Benedict Enwonwu, Stefania
Estacchini, Rupert Ford, Karl Fletcher, Enrique
Gonzalez- Villar, Matthias Goetz, Souad Hamiane, Tara
Hipwood, Kathryn Ibbotson, Gina Joven, Wang Yee
Lewis Kwok, Jan Liberadzki, Till Jonathan Patzschke,
Anup Rathi, Michael Rignall, Philip Robinson, Marine
Sanchez, Rushikesh Shirpewar, Umendra Singh,
Piyachat Sirivan, Richard Turner, Mark Waller Guiterrez,
Gary Wilburn, Tom Wyllys, Paraskevi Zerva

The SB:PD (Sustainable Building:

Performance and Design) programme
aims to help students develop the resourcing and post occupancy North Aston and landscaping for north
skills to create sustainable designs evaluations in collaboration with Oxford. Projects consider the need for
and developments, which are architectural practices. Design projects new ways of living in a bioregionally-
derived from a sound understanding are based on real development focussed low carbon economy while
of sustainability and rigorous requirements and briefs and solutions maintaining a high quality of life.
testing of relevant environmental are derived from discussions
parameters and social context. with live clients and are tested With thanks to Jeremy Taylor,
through computer modelling. Anna Ballance and all other
The design module is an opportunity members of the North Aston and
to synthesise the information and This year’s projects were located Wolvercote communities.
knowledge gained in other taught in Oxfordshire and included the
modules relating to building physics, refurbishment of housing and offices, This page, from top: Nicholas Del Rio; Susannah
Brockbank; facing page, clockwise from top left:
low carbon technologies, bioregional the creation of a new food hub for Philip Robinson; Philip Robinson; Nicholas Del Rio.
Overleaf left: Alessandro Belilli; Piyachat Sirivan;
Tara Hipwood; overleaf right: Tara Hipwood



David Sanderson, Rod Burgess,
Richard Carver, Simon Fisher,
Nabeel Hamdi, Mohamed
Hamza, Brigitte Piquard
Catherine Aitken, Juliet Anderson, David Bainbridge,
Benjamin Barth, Victoria Bateman, Ainul Besar Nawawi,
Thea Brain, Jeni Burnell, Anita Cuddihy, Natalie Daniels,
Joel Davis, Kevin Dunbar, Almaz Fiseha Demissie,
Abigail Hodge, Manmeet Kaur, Fiona Kelling, Lucia
Majova, Manuel Marques Pereira, Kathryn McNicoll,
Peter McWilliam, Azza Mohamed, Sonsoles Montosa,
Sarah Moss, Madiina Nakibenga, Emily Noden,
Alexander Pike, Sally Pike, Orla Rodgers, Zeya Schindler,
Patrick Shepherd, Abigail Smith, Jessica Soane, Om
Bahadar Sunar, Nadia Khalid Tithi, Catherine Ure, Ihiri
Lilian Vitale Oyaha, David Woodward, Phil Wright

This year’s cohort comprises 51

full and part time students from
20 countries, including 9 students
from Diploma in Architecture.
Students come from a wide range
of backgrounds and experiences,
and between them explore issues
and practice-based approaches
relating to chronic poverty, natural
disaster, conflict and the nature
of humanitarian practice.

In January 11 students undertook a

two week participatory assessment
workshop in Pentha Kota, a low
income fishing community in the
town of Puri, located on the coast
of Orissa, India’s poorest State. community members face, which in produced and can be found on the
Pentha Kota is home to some 5000 Pentha Kota’s case included a strong CENDEP website. The workshop
families who have lived ‘illegally’ on and vibrant community with means of was held in collaboration with the
the beach for some sixty years. income, but which lived in conditions non-governmental organisations
with poor sanitation, limited services SEEDS India and the Urban and
The workshop comprised students such as water and electricity, risk Development Resource Centre (UDRC).
learning and applying social-science from coastal storms and climate
rapid assessment techniques including change and the threat of relocation. With thanks to Matt Gaskin, Charles
‘mapping’, ‘transect walks’ and Parrack, and Anshu Sharma.
‘wealth ranking.’ A key element of this At the end of the workshop students
approach concerned both students and presented back their findings and
residents uncovering and discussing questions to community members. This page: Abigail Hodge; facing page: Abigail
together strengths and challenges An assessment report was also Hodge. Overleaf left: Ainul Besar Nawawi;
overleaf right: Ainul Besar Nawawi



Urban Design
Alan Reeve, Ian Bentley, Jon strategies for re-balancing this parts of this for individual designs –
Cooper, Tom Medcalf, Andy Burns, green-field site. In particular the re-testing these against the group
Javina Medina, Brian Goodey, focus was on handling the challenge vision as the project developed at a
Laura Novo de Azavedo, Georgia of a site that is prone to flooding, and number of scales. The work explored
Butina-Watson, Regina Lim managing the relationship between issues if identity, social coherence,
S N Apher Almukhtar, Mohammad Abu Bakar, Sonia
an existing sensitive ecology with the and the aesthetic and sensory
Cheema, Emma Chung, Paul Creighton, John Cutler, needs of sustainable development. dimensions of place-making.
Soham De, Haralabos (Harry) Drimussis, Di Feng,
Nicholas Hermawan, Santosh Kothiwale, Huiming Liu,
The students identified a number
Erin McGirt, Else Mietle, Mohd Heszreen Mohd Asri, of design opportunities and motifs, The other main design project, Sexy
Inmaculada Mohino Sanz, Mihir Naik, Maria Newstrom,
Mayankkumar Parekh, William Purcell, Bharathi
including water and natural elements, Sustainability, centred around three
Ramachandran, Prachi Rampuria, Ruslan Razak, Yoo to underpin identity and to create a contrasting sites in Milan, Blackbird
Kyung Seo, Nicole Strong, Laura Stubbings, Pakawat
Varaphakdi, Aristotelis Vartholomaios, Yasmin Williams,
vibrant and forward looking city edge. Leys and the Oxford Canal system.
Roland Wong, Hsaio-Wei Wu, Matthew Barbour, Marcus Part of the task this year was for the The focus was on exploring how
Cubbitt, Christopher Dancer, David Daplyn, Ruidong
Deng, Ashley Dicks, Mark Finney, Nicola Fulton, Gerry
students to determine the boundaries existing places can be developed
Gleeson, Mark Houghton, Sebouh Kouyoumjian, Ajay for potential development and to to take on board the growing
Kumar, David Mackay, Graham Nicholls, Diana Phiri,
Ravi Ramkalawan, Katherine Savill, Daniel Scriven,
consider the factors, both natural challenge for cities of environmental
James Serrano, Heather Slater, Kin Tang, William Usher- and otherwise, that would constrain and social sustainability.
Smith, Sandra Zuvela, Marianna Gilbert Porter, Sarah
Facey, Grant Gibson, Matthew Rant, Benjamin Webb
or enable growth for the city.
This page: Aristotelis Vartholomaios; Nicole Strong;
facing page: Aristotelis Vartholomaios; Emma Chung.
The main studio project took the west As in previous years, the students Overleaf left, clockwise from top left: William Usher-
of Oxford city centre and attempted worked in groups to produce an Smith; Mihir Naik; William Usher-Smith; Kin Tang;
overleaf right, clockwise from top left: Kin Tang;
to produce a set of coherent design overall strategy/masterplan, and took Sarah Facey; Baku <NO NAME>; Sarah Facey



denoted by the building’s function, a dense section of east London,
e.g. banks contained money, in particular Ridley Road Market.
offices files and paper, and palaces Here the old dubious and seductive
kings and queens. Information, pleasures of the city, its cafes and
Andrew Holmes, David the power tool of the people, pubs rub up against the old staples
Greene, Thomas Arnold, erases old patterns and creates an of the open vegetable and meat
Toby Shew, Jane Cheadle abstract world without hierarchy. market, with the cheapest food in
Gurmeet Akali, Seyedeh Mahsa Alavi, Tony Berongoy, Britain, serving the poorest population
Wang Xiao Chuan, Lewis Critchley, Kingshuk Datta,
Swaroopa Ekbote, David Fergus, Hannah Guy, Anne
The purpose of architecture is thus in the poorest borough in London.
Hooper, Azri Ibrahim, Antonios Katzourakis, Alexandra to contain social relationships and
Michado, Baseerulla Mohammed, Hiral Nisar, Namita
Purohit, Mathew Scammels, Saber Sajadi, Pablo Chen,
not utilities, since the utility is now With thanks to Sheena Joughin, Paul
Hannah Smart, Rob Waterman, Nicholas Zammit a worldwide database. Chat rooms Davies, Martin Earle, William Firebrace,
discuss Bubbles, a creature that never Austin Houldsworth, Saskia Lewis,
Most recent concerns about the existed. The database scratches Marie Paysant LeRoux, Bibi Nelson,
city have involved reintroducing the itches of personal psychology, Elena Paikkou and Thomas Thwaites.
and preserving the values of the excess and consumption. The city is
historic by interpreting the word a nervous system without a centre,
urban as meaning streets and and the purpose of architecture is…
plazas. Historically, architecture This page: Lewis Critchley; facing page: Lewis
Critchley. Overleaf left: Anthony Berongony;
contained artifacts or services Armstrong’s Spacesuit looks at overleaf right: Kinshuk Datta; Robert Waterman



(IARD) programme provides project. This year the group travelled
students with the knowledge, tools to Tunisia, where they assisted the
and skills that will enable them to Association de Sauvegarde de la
play an active role in the re-use, Medina de Tunis in developing ideas
enhancement and regeneration proposals for a derelict early 20th
Aylin Orbasli, Jonathan Bassindale, of the existing environment, century school building in the heart
Marcel Vellinga, Paul Oliver including vernacular architecture. of the old medina that would support
Billy Butler, Paris Cotsapas, Micahla de Cann, Anna the social and economic regeneration
Dulnikowska, Mehrzad Golabgir, Zharfiff Mohd Jailan,
Aishatu Kaigama, Sophie Le Mauff, Mahshid Mafi Nezhad,
Following taught modules that provide of its immediate neighbourhood.
Aniko Mazsar, Rama Mitry, Angelo Pancini, Andrew the theoretical context in the first
Perkins, Nurfazlina Abd Raffar, Ben Robb, Gurjot Singh
semester, the second semester This page: Aniko Mazhar; facing page: Aniko
regeneration and development project Mazhar. Overleaf left: Micahla de Cann; Billy
Butler, Andrew Perkins, Paris Cotsapas and Ben
The International Architectural provides the opportunity to put Robb; overleaf right, clockwise from top: Paris
Regeneration and Development theory into practice through a ‘real’ Cotsapas; Micahla de Cann; Medina of Tunis



Major Study
Igea Troiani, Matt Gaskin, William process, a universal way of seeing.’’  soul of the partial perspective and
Firebrace, Harriet Harriss the blind turn, and the sanctuary in
Tamsin Adams, Christopher Dawkins, Ben Doherty, Rob ‘He disagreed, ‘‘All I know, imperfection that these can offer.
French, Oliver Lowrie, Roxanne Walters, Stuart Ward,
George Wilson
I can link to my past. What is it to be alienated by
Every experience an echo, the ones environment?’’ 
The Major Study is an independent forest, fields and laneways of my
research dissertation or design- childhood, haunt the motorways, the ‘Here he agreed and continued,
research project. Students have the hypermarkets and the retail parks of ‘‘we all feel alienation in the
opportunity to explore in detail a my present. Every river a reverberation metropolis. It may, in fact be
topic of their choice, and to explore of the river by my home, all streets intrinsic to the experience of the
that topic via architectural design or a recollection of those walked urban. Have we not, all of us here,
through any kind of interdisciplinary before. When modernity fails, it is sought sanctuary within the narcotic
or exploratory medium. only by comparison. My perception pull of the metropolitan crowd?
is my memory, therefore unique.’’ Embraced the anonymity of the city,
‘We sat, all together, then she said, surrendered to it, become enslaved
‘‘have you considered how it is we ‘ ‘‘But,’’ he said, ‘‘consider a by it, abandoning a sense of self to
see? I have tried to extend the work truly unique perception. the act of getting lost? Or, perhaps,
of Zeki, concerned with image in art, That of an agoraphobic. How envisioned a metropolis devoid of
to aesthetics in architecture. Are you through their eyes the modernist the crowd, stripped bare, made
aware of the commonality of response ideals of space, symmetry and the dangerous by the lack of habitation?
to visual and sensory stimuli and that pragmatic grid, render the city an Where in the absence of a populace,
beyond cultural differences, there may object of fear. Who, like canaries only place can hold a memory?’’ ‘
exist an innate emotional response to in the mine, alert us to what we
all we perceive; an ingrained biological may soon lose; the character and Tamsin Adams - The
Limbic in Architecture
Christopher Dawkins -Computer
games as a Medium for
Participatory Design
Ben Doherty - Design under Conditions
of Uncertainty: Calibration, design and
hitting a Moving Target in the dark
Rob French - Alienation: the
Architect’s Reaction
Oliver Lowrie - (E)state of the Spectacle
Roxanne Walters - Imagineering
Civilisations: Memories of “other”,
Archives of cultural memory
Stuart Ward, The Architecture
of Agoraphobia
George Wilson - Mourning the
People’s Princess: Public Grief
and the Consecration of Space

Below: Brain Sparks, Tamsin Adams


the first research to investigate the
design needs of older people with
dementia at the neighbourhood

level. It also conducts a critique of
design practice for care settings and
develops a conceptual framework for

the principles and recommendations
considered necessary for dementia-
friendly indoor environments.

Marcel Vellinga, Bousmaha Baiche, Direct; and PhD by Published Works. Dr Mariana Correia, Conservation
Rob Beale, Elizabeth Burton, Carol Intervention in Earthen Heritage:
Dair, Nicola Dempsey, Mike Godley, Students undertake research Assessment and Significance of
Brian Goodey, Rajat Gupta, Mike
Jenks, Ramin Keivani, Fergus in a variety of specialist fields, Failure, Criteria, Conservation
Nicol, Ray Ogden, Paul Oliver, Aylin including low carbon technologies, Theory and Strategies.
Orbasli, Brigitte Piquard, Shibu architectural humanities, technology
Raman, Chris Rust, Pete Smith, and vernacular architecture. Their Worldwide, a vast fragile earthen
Fionn Stevenson, John Stevenson, work forms a vital part of the heritage is barely surviving due to
Mark Swenarton, Igea Troiani,
Nicholas Walliman, Katie Williams, dynamic and thriving research serious damage and decay of the
Elizabeth Wilson, Graham Wood environment of the Department. fabric. It is believed that natural agents
are the overall cause for failure of
Kjartan Bollason, Alma Clavin, Mariana Correia, Sofia Recent completions include: this earthen heritage. However, when
Da Silva Teixeira Aleixo, Susanne Dahm, Joaquim De
Moura Flores, Simon Fisher, Ahmadreza Foruzanmehr,
Dr Lynne Mitchell, Understanding an thoroughly evaluating causes of decay,
Harriet Harriss, Michael Hill, Robert Irving, Martin Johns, altered reality: researching the design it is discerned that the interventions of
Kenneth Kwarteng, Jong Hyun Lim, Morag Lindsay,
Célia Macedo, Lenka McAlinden, Aliye Mentesh, Iliana
needs of older people with dementia. conservators also have a major impact.
Miranda-Zacarias, Lynne Mitchell, Paula Maukkarinen,
Pratima Nimsamer, Makbule Oktay, Barry O’Reilly,
As capabilities decline and frailty
Anna Rita Petrungaro, Andrea Placidi, Jaturong
Using qualitative methods and a
increases, older people with dementia
Pokharatsiri, Chaowalid Saicharoent, Sambasiva case study strategy analysing three
Rao Sajja, Chulawadee Santad, Daniel Sant’Ana,
often find their independence
Sutida Sattayakorn, Julia Wedel, Donia Zhang
World Heritage earthen sites (Chan
restricted by the built environment. Chan in Peru, Aït Ben Haddou in
There are currently 33 full and part- Yet the provision of dementia-friendly Morocco and Arg-e Bam in Iran),
time UK, EU and international students environments had been constrained findings were produced to understand
registered on the programme, working by a societal view of dementia as why intervention mistakes are
to complete one of four routes offered: a medical problem. This thesis, a repeated and why successful
MPhil; MPhil transferring to PhD; PhD PhD by published works, presents conservation results are still scarce.

Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco


RIBA Office-based Exam

Examiners: Charles Darby, Matt mountains and one of the sea, both a objective is to establish a relationship
Gaskin, Mary Hancock, Nick Hardy, mighty voice” William Wordsworth. with Europe by enhancing Dublin’s
Harriet Harris, Maita Kessler, cultural quarter, and regenerating
Ronnie MacLellan, Peter Norman, pockets of the city, to provide new
Martin Pearce, Steve Race, Sarah Three white models describe the
Stevens, John Stevenson concept of bridging between the social spaces. The relationship
compact granite mountains, the between the landscape and the
The RIBA Examination in Architecture Mournes, and the exposed coastline building fabric is one that forms
for Office-based candidates, provides of Dundrum Bay. The interpretive a continuous carpet forming an
an alternative work-based route to centre seeks to re-engage the architectural promenade.
qualification at Part 1 and Part 2. community and its visitors with the
It is a unique programme of self- previously active fishing and granite
directed study, which is managed industries, long since disappeared.
by the Department of Architecture
on behalf of the RIBA. It attracts Part 2: Jack Butler Yeats Art
candidates from all over the UK, Eire Gallery, Trinity College Dublin,
and other European countries. submitted by Emma Cousins Left: Elizabeth Smith (Pt2); Right: Rory Pepper (Pt1)

Part 1: The Mourne Interpretive Removing: Regenerating:

Centre, Northern Ireland, Introducing: Urban Stitching
submitted by Rory Pepper
The art gallery is a film strip of the
“Two voices are there, one of the art, work and life of Yeats. The key

BA First year: RIBA Oxfordshire prize for
best portfolio, Rodolfo Ava Richardson;
school fund prize for best overall
performance, Joseph Giddings.
BA Second year: school find prize for
greatest ability in environmental science
and technology in comprehensive design,
Edmund Drury; Doric Club Oxford prize
for the best portfolio, Jason Fowler;
Berman Guedes Stretton prizes for creative
originality in design, Anna Beer and Rodolfo
Acevedo Rodriguez; Riach Architects
prize for best progress in sustainability,
Stefanie Kuhn; Leslie Jones prize for best
overall performance, Rodolfo Acevedo
Rodriguez; Tom Lethbridge memorial travel
award, Joshua Thomas; BA Third year:
Doric Club Oxford prize for best portfolio,
Francis Hunt and Matthew Townsend;
Riach Architects prize for best dissertation,
Ben Northover; Leslie Jones construction
prize, Kathrine Thoen; Leslie Jones
Memorial Prize awarded by the RIBA for
most progress in building construction,
Kyle Bush; Sponsored prize for interior
architecture, Emily Falcon; Ramboll UK prize
awarded for originality in sustainability,
Misha King; Scott Brownrigg prize for best
hand-drawn 3D visualization, Astrid Bois
d’Enghien; RIBA Bronze Medal nominations,
Michael Bell and Astrid Bois d’Enghien.

Diploma: Energy Efficient Architecture prize,

Hannah Smart; Reginald W Cave prize for

best major study, Tamsin Adams and George
Wilson; Fielding Dodd prize for outstanding
work, Nicholas Zammit; RIBA South student
award for highest standard of all-round
excellence, Lewis Critchley; Graphics prize,
Fiona McLellan; Hunter Johnston Doric Prize
This year, OB1 LIVE the voluntary for public consultation with a view for contribution to the Department, Greg
design and build summer programme to production in the near future. In Andrews, Natalie Daniels, Fiona Kelling; PRP
for year one architects were parallel as a part of the International Architects bursary awarded for the best
commissioned by Oxford City Architecture Student Festival demonstration of sustainable design, Tara
Council to design an Info_Bench alongside the London Festival of Hipwood; Scott Brownrigg prize for the best
perspective, Richard Phillips; West Waddy
for an underused public space in Architecture 2010 in Stratford the
ADP prize, Diana Phiri; RIBA Silver Medal
Jericho. The prototype was made prototype was installed to successfully nominations, Lewis Critchley, Zoe Webber;
from recycled materials sourced activate a similar public space. RIBA President’s Dissertation Certificate
locally and temporarily installed for the best dissertation, George Wilson.

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Ana Araujo Prof Mick Hutchins Paola Sassi
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Lynda Ayre Prof Mike Jenks Christine Sherlock
Dr Bousmaha Baiche Inderpaul Johar Toby Shew
Jonathan Bassindale Carsten Jungfer Bruno Silvestre
Nick Beech Chris Kendrick Roger Simmonds*
Patrick Bonfield Maita Kessler Colin Smith
Dr Rod Burgess Andy King Toby Smith
Jeni Burnell Melissa Kinnear Marta Solsona
Prof Georgia Butina-Watson* Justyna Laszczynska Dr Sarah Stevens
Richard Carver Justin Lau Dr Fionn Stevenson
Smita Chandiwala Ronnie MacLellan John Stevenson
Jane Cheadle Amanda Marshall Leda Stott
Matt Clay Christian McLening Prof Mark Swenarton
Mark Collett Prof Byron Mikellides Allan Sylvester
Dr Jon Cooper* Dr Lynne Mitchell Caroline Tindale
Bethanie Cunnick Asa Moore Kenny Tsui
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Charles Darby Prof Fergus Nicol Humphrey Truswell
Andrew Dawson Peter Norman Dr Marcel Vellinga
Dr Nicola Dempsey Laura Novo de Azevedo* Dr Nicholas Walliman
Ingrid Downie Prof Ray Ogden Dr Xiaoxin Wang
Emmanuel Dupont Prof Paul Oliver Vivien Walker
Simon Fisher Dr Aylin Orbasli Helena Webster
Bill Flinn Charles Parrack Nicholas Whitehouse
Ahmadreza Foruzanmehr Lisa Pasquale Elliott Wingfield
Bartolo Garibaldo Martin Pearce Anthony Wise
Matt Gaskin Anna Rita Petrungaro
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Rekha Giddy Dr Brigitte Piquard
Prof Brian Goodey* Andrea Placidi
Phil Goodliffe Colin Priest
Prof David Greene Paul Proudman
David Grindley Steve Race
Paul Grindley Dr Shibu Raman
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