A graduate from Manchester School of Architecture's
Architecture of the Processional City atelier, I'm currently part
of the team at Mecanoo architecten b.v. in Delft, the Netherlands.
A hermeneutic approach to design: translating ideas into an architecture that is both relevant to place and socially interconnected. The dialectic of function and meaning enables buildings to act as the creative hinge between the private ritualised settings of everyday life and the public spaces of civic events. The study of processions is integral to this understanding. Far from being outdated, institutional patterns of hierarchical movement, processions allow for a temporary, socially inclusive reordering of the city. It is at these moments that the latent heartbeat of the city is exposed and celebrated: moments when architecture and urbanism, along with people and movement, are unified by a communicative spatial dialogue.
My other research interests centre around European metropolitan urbanism and its relationship to public, civic and institutional buildings with a specific focus on Florence, Italy. I am an Editor at ArchDaily where I try to stay one step ahead of world architecture news. I've also written on Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and interviewed at the Venice Biennale, occasionally discuss interesting spaces, and review exhibitions and publications from time to time.
My second love is art history. Publishing Michelangelo: the Man, his Works, his Legacy in 2010 alongside a national lecture tour on Michelangelo in the Vatican, Monet: Colour in Impressionism for iPad was published in 2011. After 28,000 international downloads in six months, a special edition was released in over 50 countries. Haaplin Publishing House was subsequently incorporated in 2013.
I co-founded Mies. UK, a collection of interviews with architects, academics and students. We're now filming in five languages across two continents working together as Mies. TV.
Highlighted Exhibitions / Publications
2014 > Super//Architects 2014 Thesis Project Exhibition
2014 > Cosmograms + Pompeions (paperback), Manchester School of Architecture
2014 > Manchester School of Architecture Degree Show
2012 > Monet: Colour in Impressionism Digital Edition
2011 > Monet: Colour in Impressionism (paperback)
2010 > Michelangelo: the Man, his Works, his Legacy (paperback)
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Based in Rotterdam + Delft.