I am a practicing Architect and director of the architectural practice sens; whose work has been published internationally. I am also Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.
The focus of the practice is on setting conditions for what will happen after the completion of the project such as the activities of the inhabitants, the vegetation that will grow on the buildings. The aim is to establish environmental conditions that will allow life to thrive with minimum input of energy.
I created sens in earnest in 2003 after working for a number of companies, such as Conran & Partners and Reid Architecture, on a broad range of project scales and sectors from multi million pound commercial and transport projects to hospitality interiors.
After qualifying as an architect in France in 1997, I studied the Masters Degree History of Modern Architecture at the Bartlett School of the Built environment (UCL, London) in 1997-98.
I have taught architectural design at various levels from undergraduate Masters Degree (M. Arch and M. A.).
At the University of Westminster, I have been teaching undergraduate students in 2nd and 3rd year in Design Studio 9 with Camilla Wilkinson since 2011. I currently supervise MA in Architecture students through their Design Thesis Development.
I have also tutored Diploma students in both years at Lincoln School of Architecture in the design studio of Alex Graef.
I have been design critic at the Architecture Schools of London Metropolitan University, University of Greenwich & London South Bank University.
As a researcher through reflective practice, I completed a PhD at KU Leuven in April 2018 under the title 'The gardener architect: designing with the emergent natures of places'.
The reflective process is organised around bi-annual Practice Research Symposium where the evolution is peer reviewed. Visit the website for further information.
I am investigating the relationship and exchanges between my architectural and gardening of landscape practices and how the concepts used by ecological garden designers could be used in architecture.
Buildings are considered literally as gardens on which to grow plants as well as habitats, as sets of environmental conditions in which people can thrive. A third garden metaphor is the conception of buildings as evolving spatial conditions transformed by people, plants and the weather.
In parallel, I will be analysing the role played by property development in my practice. Other key themes are environmental design, contemporary vernacular construction and language and residential architecture.