This is my website / blog and it showcases work that I carried out in Architectural Practice and my interests as an Academic at Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Metropolitan University.
I began full time teaching at Leeds Met in 2009. Prior to this I was a Director at Bauman Lyons Architects where I became interested in the role of the Architect. How do Architects practice with ethical grace and respond to climate change and energy depletion imperatives? How do Architects use their skills to make a difference to the lives of more people?
CITYzen Agency is the post-graduate design studio I share with Craig Stott. By thinking about the strategic urban design of the city and understanding the resources within communities the city can become more adaptive, resilient, egalitarian and coherent. The studio situates its explorations in post-industrial cities. It considers global imperatives and local issues together. It explores their interconnection. This becomes the genesis of the CITYzen Agency student’s personal interest or manifesto. In Bruno Latour's term, ‘critical attention is shifted from architecture as a matter of fact to architecture as a matter of concern.’
I am currently working towards a PhD. The working title is ‘Live Project Pedagogy - Architecture in the Making’.
I am Co-Founder of the Project Office an enterprise at the University for student involvement in ‘live projects’. Project Office is a design and research collaboration of staff and students. It is an architecture consultancy concerned with ethical, social and resilient architecture and design. We work with like-minded communities, organisations and individuals.