About me

10 points to highlight my knowledge, skills, experience in professional design and educational practice and through local campaigning/ projects in London SE17.

I have always preferred to worked collaboratively, therefore this work has been credited appropriately.

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CV projects: download the pdf for better quality images (especially on a mobile device).

MY CV: selected professional and educational practice .

All work has been credited where appropriate, please contact me for additional information.

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CV text pages

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First Year Leader BA (Hons) Architecture & Interiors  at the Cass

Projects samples 2009 – 2012

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Predominantly Urban Salon Projects 1996-2012

Role: Co-founder and Design Director

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Samples (draft) from the Walworth Road Historic Area Assessment.

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Visions of the Elephant workshop

A very enjoyable design and drawing workshop run with 15 students from local High Schools in SE17 in December.

This was organised and run by the Architecture Foundation as an Education Project for Lend Lease.

I led the first workshop with Anna  in Dec 2013 called: Being Curious around the Elephant

These are the postcards that I made for the students (with some images of them working in each location), on our tour of the Elephant to explore the “visions” that have determined its architecture and layout from 1870 to the present day.

 

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Our day out in Elephant

“We started under the backside of the elephant. Strange to think this small but familiar statue has signposted this location for longer than the buildings around it. For the assembled group, they don’t know about Elephant & Castle as anything other that what we see today – a strange, neglected but convenient hangover from the past. Not important, somewhere to change bus fast – that’s all.

But, could we think about the Elephant in another way; more dynamic, always changing; a repository for new ideas & experiments? We wanted to explore the visions that shaped the Elephant from 1870 to the present day. Armed with postcards sent from the past and used to prompt discussions, we found evidence of how the Elephant has changed six times since 1870. In each location we drew the vision and discussed the ideas that generated it. We met contemporary residents, in homes from the 1890’s & the 1960’s, at ground level and ten floors up.

The drawings were important, an opportunity for individuals to become immersed, drawing differing visions and documenting the consequences of them. We swapped concertina sketchbooks in each location and ended the day with a series of compilations as busy, detailed, connected and intricate as the Elephant itself.

Throughout the day, the Elephant surprized us many times; layers were revealed as we separated out the visions. And we surprised ourselves by being able to jettison many architectural prejudices. We loved being inside the curious concrete Perronet House with its sky gardens, directly overlooking the northern roundabout and the city, with that same small elephant as part of its front garden …..”

Workshop by Diana Cochrane, Anna Ludwig & Rufufs Willis

Thanks to Linda & Ben on the Pullens and Ben and Richard @ Perronet House and AF education manager Aislinn White

Anna and Rufus and the students invited me back in February to see what they did with the BA(Hons) Architecture Students @ the Cass: collages about  ideas for the Aylesbury estate

And then they made a newspaper. Some excerpts here

 

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Phuoc presented the workshop outcomes to Community Council

Phuoc presented the workshop outcomes to Community Council

Phuoc presented the workshop outcomes to Community Council

Phuoc presented the workshop outcomes to Community Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started at the Elephant

We finished at the Elephant

Campaign to re-use Pullens Gardens

Pullens Gardens

Building on the success of a number of events when we have brought life and local people back into our much underused public park, Pullens Gardens, a group of six residents and children made a presentation to the local Council officers and residents about how we imagine the park could be. In June 2014, the project was awarded approximately £400K for these changes and a Council team was appointed.

For an update of these events, link to Pullens Tenants & Residents website

This is what we showed them:

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Pullens After School Fun Gardening Club – 18th May 2013

The club has been awarded funding from Southwark Council. We plan to run series of workshops in the Pullens park and play space, to organise trips to other local parks amd to make and care for new raised beds in the childrens’ playground.

The main aim of the Club is to in courage children and families, the local community and business to use Pullens Open Space more by making it cleaner greener and safer. In the longer term this is the start of a community/led initiative to prove that with some investment the Pullens Park space can play a more central role in the social life of both new and old resideNTs who live in and around the Pullens.

On Saturday 18th may community volunteering started 10am and finished 5pm
9 adults,  5 children and 1 robin came from the Pullens and beyond.

We cleaned the children’s playground and the main park filling about 20 big bin bags!

Adults found bags of men’s clothing, spoons,  syringes, alcohol bottles and all kinds of litter while the children weeded the children’s playground, planted sunflowers seeds and a courgette plant, had a picnic and played in the sunshine !

Thanks to  Mali to organising the event, Gabriele who played the guitar and to the Pullens TRA for providing the picnic !

INTERNATIONAL ORANGE: WHEN ATTITUDES BECOME FORM

INTERNATIONAL ORANGE: WHEN ATTITUDES BECOME FORM

REFLECTIONS ON BEN KELLY SPEAKING & THE RCA: 4.2.15

With one eye on publicity he wanted to express his (in)difference and found himself in the company of others who did the same as part of the punk generation. But the ‘photo kid’ was not particularly politically motivated, more a dissatisfied irreverent, northern art school kid who wanted to make a different mark in the London scene by experimentally splicing interiors with art practice.

The cultural context, art and spatial inspirations were superbly explained as narratives linking the Mertzbau, Warhol’s Silver Factory, Donald Judd, Maison du Verre, Duchamp, Isocon flats, Le Corbusier, Adolf Loos, Pop Art, Biba, (John Whelan, & Inscape by Casson) with the practice that followed.

In response the ‘photo kid’ made artful spare (️d&ad winning) memorable graphics that later translated into spaces with similar qualities – urban, vibrant and resonant. These in turn became the spatial expression of the zeitgeist and all the more evocative because of their direct links back to the cd covers he designed and of course the music. It’s not possible to see those Manchester interiors without hearing the music. 25 years later the commemorative Hacienda styled trainers still make you hum and gesticulate.

But the context or engineering of those spaces was not explained. The control of the whole (pioneering brand) experience, with the interior expressed as an extension of the image, expressed forcefully through the use of (often hovering) self finished materials and colour, added to the choreography of the urban experience. New pieces of hard edged colourful ‘cool’ set into under explored atmospheric dark streets, transforming forgotten spaces into pioneering venues for drinking, dancing or working out… All creative and spatial moves were explicitly controlled and formed an important part of the design process resulting in these particular interiors kickstarting  the local regeneration (in Manchester and Glasgow) that followed and having a value, in this respect, that others designs, with differing attitudes, could not have.

Spatial and material engineering comes to the fore. Use of reflection, manipulating views through the use of iconography, mirrors, changing levels are somewhat reminiscent of Loos’s use of the “raumplan” to carve up horizontal space and use of mirror to create powerful spatial illusions. Hovering structural I beams, extending into the space with industrial connections, make visually explicit the elements of the interior and their ‘conversation’ with the host building, expressing the idea that these elements are suitable for use in more convivial settings, mirroring the actions of Chareau at the Maison de Verre. Predominantly rectangular and diagonally geometries and elements cut through by a singular curve, usually expressed in the furniture, communicate ‘comfort’ as expressed by Le Corbusier’s chaise in Villa Savoye or the curved bar at Isokon flats in Highgate.

There is a coolness associated with this material and iconographic spare approach that works in bars, nightclubs, gyms and museums. I’m not sure the language works at Halfords or in office environments or hotels. In the former there is less power or surprize, it is the language of the industrial shed being used in an industrial shed.  In the later, perhaps there is not enough comfort (visual, material and acoustic) or intimacy ?

Perhaps the attitude that expresses the form, looses its edge and vitality in more commercial and anodyne contexts? I remember the installation at Mipin certainly being poignant, colourful, artful and rich kinda developer wallpaper …. but it was embedded with the memorial to Tony Wilson …. a quiet nod to the fact that behind every great new city space or venture there has to be a specific idea, desperation, creative kick or vision that drives the form……

1969 Chateau Rothschild

I love well used kitchens where cooking actually gets done with unusual old kitchen gadgets  (for whipping cream) smells, foraged food, chaos & the distinctive sounds of laughter. For Mark’s birthday he cooked up bags of new covent garden chanterelles with cream, 4 day marinated pork in juniper berries and beef dredged in fennel & cinnamon, roasted on the barbeque beside the grilled  marinaded octopus; all served with black beans & olive oil garlic mash. A sophisticated, tasty & comforting feast.

For pudding we had a 1969 chateau rothschild (with a beautiful label designed by miro), cheese & peaches & more chaoic chat about the ethics of song lyrics …. the distinctive family laugh & comparing sibblings hands. Lovely evening around the kitchen table – thanks & happy birthday mark !

Best bun’s in London

Is ‘too much’ choice a good thing ?

Personally, I prefer my choices to be limited – but unlimited choice is certainly stimulating  – chilli fudge followed by black somerset blood sausage for breakfast. We sampled our way around Borough market which is up & running again whilst people were queuing round the block for coffee at Monmouth. Mushrooms were the top choice of the day; British proccini, a box of figs for only £3.50 and very buttery Colsten Bassett Stilton.

I prefer Konditor & Cook’s mini cakes, passion fruit flavored meringues & multiple flavored brownies (especially the ones with crannberries hiding inside), whilst others in the market (and in Princi, Wardour Street)  offer tremendous & huge tray bakes cut into slabs and served from rectangular aluminium platters, somewhat reminiscent of school diners.

Yautcha once again topped the charts with red & black ‘punk’ and yellow glittery macaroons and the most intensely coloured and flavoured red strawberry chocolate eclairs. Even the base was red. Nothing crude about that.

Punk and delicately paint splattered flavorings and color on top made chocolates and meringues look unusual and enticing here (and at Paul Young, just round the corner). Who played with their spray gun first I wonder?. And at Yautcha lots of experiments with matt red and green tea mould ‘fabric-like’ textures on the outside of cakes, almost defying the senses – but we still really wanted to eat those green mouldy mounds and red upholsted buns. Maybe next time.

Meanwhile William Curly  didn’t really offer enough choice at the end of the day. His buns are made in Twickenham apparently – that well known home of buns (not). Orange mango beautifully textured and flavoured squares exploded in our mouths even though they had also exploded in the box on the way home. It was so disappointing to see the car crash site of buns in the bottom of the box when you so want them to remain perfect to share with friends after the bus ride home. Maybe that’s why macaroons are such a big hit – their indestructibility on the bus!

I like to see and possibly smell what I’m buying when it comes to good chocolate & cakes ….there’s no excuse for bad lighting in chocolate shops and too colorful branded packaging (Prestat) so you can’t see what you’re buying at all. Not a hint of chocolate smell to identify their chocolatey cave in Liberty – or were we really in the perfume department? It was hard to tell in amongst the carefully arranged array of glossy boxes.

Similarly I don’t want all your creativity to go into the shapes and atmosphere. At Choccywocckydoodah we loved the truely baroque multi-tiered cakes, irreverent skulls, mad glitter decorations and the cute little solid chocolate love birds. But 22% chocolate really ….? Not sure I wanted to taste their wares in the cafe after that – only  22% froth on my cappucino …

Cloud grey was the surprisingly chic colour of the day – for macaroons at Laudree – the same colour as the ‘back to school’ boots and tunic we liked in Cos. But unlike Cos, that golden cave for cakes and macaroons needs a really good dust please.