Design Studio (Two) Five



Tutors: Camilla Wilkinson and Chris Bryant

Camilla Wilkinson is an architect and lecturer who has worked in Germany and the UK for leading architects Allies and Morrison, Sauerbruch & Hutton, Alsop, Lyall and Stormer. Current research – Dazzle Camouflage as Experimental Practice.

Chris Bryant is a founding director of London practice Alma-nac CollaborativeA rchitecture. After graduating from the Bartlett he worked at Arup Associates and taught at Birmingham School of Architecture. Alongside practice and teaching he is currently co-editing an issue of AD, Re-invention – New frontiers in architectural practice, with his fellow directors at Alma-nac.

Cosmic Dust – science performance lab for Imperial Festival

Students have been invited to design a temporary structure that will enable Imperial College Scientists to communicate their specific area of research to the public in an engaging and memorable way. The building, scientists and science will be required to perform in order to communicate scientific research. This project encourages the reframing of ideas through performance. Continuing on Polyark 4 Fun Palace trajectory, time and movement are central to this project.

Working method

Architectural design is explored through creative processes. This requires the attainment of knowledge – in this case client research, scientific research, performance research, programme, location, environment, temporary construction techniques – in order to give value to design decisions. We believe that serious ‘play’, working in a wide range of materials and experimenting with different construction processes, will enable the design process to keep developing, often in surprising directions. Design work is the result of the synthesis of research and play, which will enable students (with fellow student and tutor feedback) to evaluate decisions, develop and refine design proposals.

Featured works: Egle Zukaite “Brain plasticity”, Darina Procopcuic “Ocean plastic pollution”, Cameron McKay, Holy Serukenya “Titan protein, heart research”, Lavinia Pennino “Filtration process through membrane”