Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

Todays lunch break was an inspirational one with a visit to “Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age” at the Barbican. The exhibition included a diverse range of subject matter from the banal vernacular of America’s Deep South to Lucien HervĂ©'s experiential images of the works of Le Corbusier. The exhibition starts with the birth of modernism in the 1930's but this is not the overriding idea of the work. The pervasive theme throughout the gallery is the exploration of buildings and structures of their time and unique observations through photography. I would highly recommend a visit if your in the Barbarian area. 

Nadav KanderChongqing XI, Chongqing Municipality, 2007

Lucien Herve
High Court of Justice Chandigarh

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Coalville Town Centre Retail Park

Marchini Curran Associates have recently submitted a proposal for Coalville Town Centre to planning. I was closely involved in the design process alongside the project architect at mc-a.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Open House London 2014

This year I volunteered for Open House London as a guide on Burntwood School by Alford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) on Saturday 20th September. I used the volunteer pass to visit various other buildings with the Skinner Trevino House on Saturday night and Mayfield Road on Sunday morning, both of which were by the same architect, Luis Trevino. On Sunday afternoon Nicola Caiquo and I visited Dorset Road by Sam Tisdall and The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to offer a variation in scale from everything else we visited. 

The highlight of the weekend was observing how engaged the general public were with both new buildings and old. One particular group I guided around Burntwood School were past students of the school in the 1960’s and it was their first time back since they graduated. 

The assembly hall and pool building, designed by Sir Leslie Martin, has been retained and it is their relationship with the new performing arts building and sports hall that had the greatest effect on this particular group. They commented on how the performing arts building is a 21st century interpretation of Sir Leslie Martin’s adjacent assembly hall. The group’s collective memory of the assembly halls distinct veneer smell instantly placed them into their student mind and numerous stories were shared. A similar experiential discussion occurred in the pool building and I felt privileged to be a part of this shared spatial memory. 

Sir Leslie Martin’s wrote that "Architects must respond to the old forms and materials and perceive their true intent in their own age, and then, remembering everything, start again. This is the essential intention of tradition." AHMM stuck to this philosophy through continuing some forms used by Martin but developing new forms that respond to the technical developments in precast concrete and the specific brief for Burntwood School.

Burntwood School Tiles

Burntwood School Canopy

Sir Leslie Martin's Pool at Burntwood School

Sir Leslie Martin's Assembly Hall at Burntwood

Stairway at Dorset Road

Mayfield Road Interior

View from the Leadenhall Building 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Garden Kitchen

This image is a snapshot into the interior of a garden kitchen I'm working on in Nottingham. The project is currently going for planning and once we have approval more images and details will be posted.

Thursday, 24 April 2014


As part of my ongoing collaboration with Archiam at NTU I have been included on their updated website as one of the external contributors.


Some of the drawings I did have been included in their Documentation and Heritage Management Plan of Harat al-Aqr (BAHLA, UNESCO World Heritage Site).


The link to the online version of the publication can be viewed below. My contributions are on pp. 33, 110, 111, 113 and 116.


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Medieval Museum in Waterford / Waterford City Council Architects

Really delighted to see that Waterford City Council Architects have won an International Civic Trust 2014 Award for this contemporary museum in my home city of Waterford. Hopefully this will set a precedent for similar developments in the Southeast region of Ireland.


Monday, 10 March 2014

SPUD Observatory Design Competition

On Monday 3rd March the observatory competition long list was released and our team consisting of myself, Joe Williams and Casey Williams were delighted to find our hard work and design process had paid off. We emerged through as one of the 20 teams to be long listed for the exhibition at Winchester Guild Hall where the projects were reviewed by a panel of 7. The judges included some high profile names such as Will Alsop and Bill Woodrow as well as five other distinguished professionals. The project was also mentioned on bdonline and the competition website that can be viewed in the links below:



Unfortunately the project was not chosen for the shortlist and the travelling exhibition but as a team our design exploration and research developed considerably over the 8 week period. 

The conceptual approach to the studio was introduced in the post titled “Observation Theme Exploration” on the 30th January 2014. This was a diagrammatic image that portrayed our approach to observation and how its power can be enhanced through removing and then framing certain views. The team comprised a paragraph to support our theories and the image:

“The beauty of landscape and topography is somewhat elusive to those whom use it often and in a transient manner. Studio Obscura uses the power of denial to remove and distort views so as to render beautiful scenes that have become ordinary through frequent use”

In reality this is achieved by using vertical posts that stand in isolation and form a plane leading to the building.  The posts eventually merge to create the density that is the actual enclosed space. Each post demands space in the landscape encouraging macro observation but the closer they become, the more the visitor views the micro aspects of the site. Once inside the building the visitor experiences a sheltered atmosphere away from the sun, wind and rain and is invited to observe the artist’s products and process.
Inside the intervention a counterpoint to the surrounding landscape is created through removing light from the tower and creating a pinhole camera obscura. This camera obscura projects the light and atmosphere of the artist’s studio above onto a translucent screen below. This is achieved using mirrors and varying ceiling heights to enhance the experience.

The image below is one of the central isometric drawings that show these vertical elements and their relationship with the building. The tower that encourages observation of the landscape from above and observation of the artist from below dominates the image.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

NTU Architecture Exchange

NTU held an Architecture Exchange event last Thursday evening which involved meeting various industry representatives and listening to presentations on how to improve your employability within Architecture. I was asked to speak about the preparation of the CV and portfolio and how to maximise your skills developed at University. Once the presentations finished myself and two other architects from CPMG took part in a round table discussion on what we look for in graduates. 

The link below explains a bit more about the event and main points of all four presentations. The opening image of my presentation can be seen below and preformed as a foundation to my background and interests. 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Observation Facade Development

The observatory project has reached a stage where the practical necessities of the interior artist studio are influencing the external facade composition. The posted image is a shadow study displaying the shadow effect caused by the facade.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Observation theme exploration

The cryptic image below is the early development of some exploration work I'm doing alongside http://joewilliamsarchitecture.blogspot.co.uk/