the city ~ a room
the city ~ a room
BA Fine Arts, AA Dip Architecture RIBA III
Architectural designer | cultural research | tutor
I am interested in the human experience of spaces.
I design spatial experiences and both my degrees in both Fine Arts and Architecture inform my design approach - as does a specific passion for personal stories and social and cultural study.
I enjoy prototyping proposals and also have the technical execution experience from practising as a sole trader architect, to coordinate the materialisation of design strategies.
I am interested in designing journeys and experiences that service people’s individual needs and are relevant to their cultural and social contexts.
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.
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.
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.