I am an architect and have been teaching architecture in London for over two decades. I examine and supervise PhDs, dissertations and run an undergraduate design studio at this University. I am a regular guest critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. I also teach at the National University of Singapore. I am a member of the FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) and the ARB (Architects Registration Board). I have been a practising architect for over a decade in both London and Singapore.
I completed my PhD by Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and studied at the Architecture Association School of Architecture and National University of Singapore. My research interests concern architectural design in relation to narrative and archival research. This further includes the exploration of different kinds of allegory to create multiple readings and interpretations in design work. Central to my teaching methodology is the role of dialogue with an emphasis on individual learning that encourages the student to assume authorship and shape the reading and outcome of the design brief. The combination of practice and academia reinforces the search for ideas through readings and the translation of these ideas into architectural proposals. This is most evident in my studio’s design work, in the book Dialogical Designs (2016). <http://www.studioasbook.org>
Studio updates and ongoing work can be seen on instagram: uow_ds3.3
More importantly, I apply and continue my research through teaching, giving papers at conferences, doing peer reviews, as well as publishing.
I have taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Nottingham University and Canterbury School of Architecture. I have been teaching at the University of Westminster since 2005. I am a Senior Lecturer and Design Studio Leader on the B.A. course, and my main responsibilities include brief writing, design tutorials, presentation juries and the organization of European and International fieldtrips for the design studio. I also teach the undergraduate History and Theory extended essay module, examine and supervise PhDs.
Studio achievements include: The MAKE Architects Sustainability Prize, (part I) Commendation Award in 2009; Undergraduate Drawing Prize in 2012; John Walkden Memorial Award for Best Final Year Design in 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020; Detail Magazine Architecture Student Awards Technical Detail Prize in 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2020; Hubert Sands Memorial Prize for Best Overall Results in 2013 and 2018; Katherine Shonfield Prize, 2018 and 2020, and the end-of-year architectural exhibition Best in Show OPEN 2014, Silver Gilt.
In addition, the studio has received ten RIBA President’s Bronze Medal nominations <http://www.presidentsmedals.com>: 2008 (David Charlton), 2009 (Selina Kar Wai Cheung), 2012 (Larisa Bulibasa), 2014 (Andreea-Laura Nica and Sear Nee Ng), 2016 (Andrius Ribikaukaus), 2017 (Na-Pat Tengtrirat), 2018 (Diana Sacco), 2019 (Irgel Enkhsaikhan), 2010 (Silvia Galofaro).
As part of the Architectural History and Theory research program in the Architecture School, <https://www.westminster.ac.uk/architectural-history-and-theory> my work is regularly presented and exhibited at conferences and symposiums. I examine and supervise PhDs, conduct MPhil to PhD transfer interviews, and interview potential research candidates. I also do peer reviews.
I also organize and run international exchange programs which include design related projects like the London Festival of Architecture; World Architecture Festival <https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/waf-student-charrette>;
and the RIBA project Polyark <http://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Becomeanarchitect/Oureducationalactivities/Polyark.aspx>
Talks and presentations by international award-winning architects and architectural practices are organized to coincide with these events.
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.