the city ~ a room
the city ~ a room
BA Fine Arts, AA Dip Architecture RIBA III
My design approach to creating environments is human centred - focusing on the quality of the user experience. My main focus is to find ways to create spatial experiences that respond to our senses and challenge our existing perceptions. To transform spaces into environments of interest and delight- whether it be a space for interaction and play or a space of quiet, calm, repose.
I work with light as a punctuator - emphasising certain spots within a sequence of spaces to encourage pause, highlight key areas, give warmth or a sense of direction in a dark, uninviting space. I also pay attention to textural qualities of surface materials and colour and to work with the existing conditions of an environment - it’s existing physical qualities, its history and also it social and cultural characteristics. I pay specific attention to the flow of movement when designing the layout of spaces - whether it be at a city square scale, a street or a sequence of rooms.
Both my background in fine art and being inspired by the natural landscape inform my approach to designing spaces. My material-making process work informs how I design an environment especially when working from the point of the view of a person inhabiting and using a space.
I'm currently researching the relationship between designing environments, political and economic ideologies and systematised social and cultural beliefs. I'm particularly interested in understanding the psychological implications of architectural experiences - as framed within the context of globalised consumer culture. Spaces are designed to reflect what people feel is important for others to know about them.
I take on design and build commissions and contract roles: providing a full service, if required, from developing a design concept with the client, pulling together a team of consultants and deliverers, providing statutory submissions, technical/construction details, Tender to mobilising construction stages.
As humans, we perceive ourselves as the protagonist and we read the landscape as a dynamic context upon which our understanding of our identity and purpose is projected onto. However, the elements of that landscape also have their own agency, their own material entity and at the same time, we comprehend them as acting on us, effecting us physiologically and emotionally as we move through it.