BA and MArch Technical Studies



Tutors: Scott Batty, Chris Leung, Will McLean, Pete Silver & Andrew Whiting

Pete Silver is a practising architect, and former building contractor. Pete has taught at the AA, the Bartlett and the RCA and he has co- authored four books with Will McLean. He is currently completing the 3rd edition of Introduction to Architectural Technology, which will be published in 2020 by Laurence King, London.

Dr Will McLean writes and publishes about the technology of architecture. He is one of the co-editors (with Dr Christine Wall and Prof. Hermann Schlimme) of Construction History: International Journal of the Construction History Society and he is currently writing and compiling a new book on the work of Italian architect Dante Bini.

Scott Batty is a practising architect and principal of Scott Batty Architect; he coordinates the second year degree Technical Studies programme, which includes the Site Diary andTechnical Design Study assignments, establishing the link between designing and making. Scott also teaches on the third year Degree and final year MArch courses.

Dr Chris Leung is an architect and the director of Design for Manufacture, a post-graduate MArch course at the Bartlett (UCL). Chris tutors environmental design and strategy for nal year degree and MArch students.

Andrew Whiting is the director of Hût Architecture, and has a particular interest in education and practice. He teaches at degree and MArch level at the Bartlett (UCL), and Westminster. He is an RIBA Awards judge and Part III Professional examiner.

Technical Studies

The Technical Studies teaching in the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster has been designed as a linear progression from first year Undergraduate through to final year MArch. For each year of study, a lecture series underpins the structure of the teaching. In first year undergraduate, a fourteen-week lecture series is delivered by Pete Silver that sets out an approach to the structure, form, material and environmental principles that constitute the technology of the built environment. In second year undergraduate, Scott Batty runs the Site Diary project giving students their first experience of a construction site. During the first semester, Will McLean organises the Thursday evening ‘open’ lecture series to highlight new developments in the fields of architecture, engineering and environmental design.

To see a map of Site Diary projects over the last 3 years, please follow the link below:  

We have embedded different types of teaching input and feedback throughout the BA and MArch courses and we regularly invite architects, engineers and other specialists to act as informal ‘technical’ tutors to the students during their final design projects. We host regular Friday afternoon tutorial sessions where visiting specialists act as consultants to our final year BA Architecture and MArch students in a relaxed ‘studio’ atmosphere. This specialist input (as in practice) helps to focus the work of the student in regards to structural clarity, visual comprehension and environmental sustainability.

Guest Lecturers and Visiting Consultants:

Jonathan Adams ( Jonathan Adams + Partners), Megan Ancliffe (Rural Urban Synthesis Society), Jan Balbaligo (Natural Builder), Paul Bavister (Flanagan Lawrence/Audialsense), Giovanni Beggio (APT Architects), Dr. Stanislava Boskovic (Imperial College), Gianni Botsford (Gianni Botsford Architects), Henry Burling (Morph Structures), Jason Bruges (Jason Bruges Studio), Andrea Carapia (StructureMode), Maria Cheung (Squire and Partners), Theclalin Cheung (Curl la Tourelle Head Architects),Tod Courtney (Hût Architecture), Rachel Eccles (Hût Architecture), Marc Exley (Morph Structures), Tim Gledstone (Squire and Partners), Peter Greaves (Make Architects), Stephen Harty (Harty + Harty), Cath Hassell (ech2o), Matt Haycocks, Dave Heeley (Morph Structures), Dr. Mohataz Hossain, Rowland Keable (Rammed Earth Consulting), Yashin Kemal (APT Architects), David Kendall (Optima Projects), Benson Lau, Vlad Luchian (Hût Architecture), Tim Macfarlane (GLaSS), Christian Male (Simpson Haugh), Elena Marshall (Morph Structures), Andy McConachie (Simpson Haugh), Tom Middleton (Global Communication), Geoff Morrow (Structuremode), Gordon O’Connor Read (Rural Urban Synthesis Society), Sangkil Park (Make Architects), Paulo Pimentel (IP Design Studio), Jim Potter (Waind Gohil Potter), Catherine Ramsden (Useful Studio), David Rayment (Morph Structures), Esther Rivas Adrover (University of Cambridge), Ian Seabrook (Laing O’Rourke), Christina Seilern (Studio Seilern Architects), John Spittle (Wiehag), Jerry Tate (Tate Harmer), Phil Waind (Waind Gohil Potter), Graham West (West Architecture), Julian Williams

Technical Studies Lectures

The lecture series are an attempt to capture a contemporary philosophy of technology and introduce students to current and future trends in the technological development and understanding of architecture. We promote an eclectic approach to the use and understanding of technology in architecture and design and do not take a singular imperative as a starting point. Lightness, deployability, machine logic, material construction and geometry are all included as are human comfort, economy, climate, performance and appropriateness.