BA First Year



  1. Group A: Christopher Daniel, Vasilija Abramović & Jennifer O’Riordan
  2. Group B: Richard Watson & Gu Arvas
  3. Group C: Jenny Kingston & Rim Kalsoum 
  4. Group D: Emma Perkin & Balveer Manika
  5. Group E: Neil Kiernan and Richa Mukhia
  6. Group F: Jean Wang & Ross Perkin
  7. Group G: Ursula Dimitriou & Bonging Muchemwa 
  8. Group H: Florian Brillet & Natalie Newey
  9. Group J: Katherine Leat & John O’Shea


Vasilija Abramović is an architect holding PhD in the field of Interactive Architecture. Alongside UoW she also teaches on the March programme at the Bartlett.

Gu Arvas is an architectural designer, currently working in practice in London. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the UoW and Central St Martin’s, and is a co-chair of the Tate Young Patrons.

Florian Brillet has worked in international practices for 15 years including Dominique Perrault and Jean Nouvel. He has developed his own practice focused on public art commissions and furniture design. 

Ursula Dimitriou is a practising architect and a researcher, and holds a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. She’s a co-director of Studio SYN.

Christopher Daniel is director of Polysemic, a cultural design practice focused on the creation of places for performance and the physical and societal infrastructure that supports them.

Rim Kalsoum is an architectural designer currently working at ArchitectureDoingPlace and is a Visiting Lecturer at the UoW. She is a co-founder and creative director of Muslim Women in Architecture. 

Neil Kiernan is a practicing architect specialising in the residential sector. He is currently developing research interests in the areas of spatial performance, occupation and gender readings. 

Jenny Kingston is an architect and urban designer working mainly on public realm schemes in rapidly changing area of London. Alongside teaching at UoW she works with mum architecture/art.

Katherine Leat is director of Fabrica Architecture and inspired by international development research working hand-in-hand with disadvantaged communities, to adapt existing buildings for more than one family. 

Balveer Maniak is the founding director of BAL Architecture. Formerly a partner at MAKE, he was involved in several award-winning schemes. He also teaches architecture at the University of Greenwich. 

Bongani Muchemwa has won numerous awards for design excellence. He runs a studio exploring projects in the public realm and is a trustee of Beam, an arts organisation that promotes and delivers arts programmes. 

Richa Mukhia is director of the award-winning architectural practice M.OS Architects. She has particular interest in housing design, public realm and community engagement. 

Natalie Newey is Senior Lecturer and SFHEA. She has extensive experience working in practice and is particularly interested in engaging students in collaborative projects and local issues. 

Jennifer O’Riordan is project architect at Kennedy Woods, a firm specialising in sustainable and educational developments and teaches Technical Studies at University of East London. 

John O’Shea is director of award winning firm M.OS Architects, which focuses on residential and cultural projects. He teaches first year Material Studies and Sketchbook Studies modules. 

Emma Perkin is the co-director of Emil Eve Architects. With background in architecture, interior and exhibition design, research and teaching, Emma brings a diverse range of experience to the studio. 

Ross Perkin is an architect and co-founder of Emil Eve Architects. Working with Feilden Fowles Architects, he completed the RIBA Sterling-nominated Weston Visitor Centre at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Jean Wang is the founding director of CW2 Architects. She has worked for numerous design-led practices around the world on projects including schools, a Vajrasana Buddhist retreat and bespoke homes.

Richard Watson is a tutor, artist and product designer who started teaching in 1999 and has exhibited at UoW and the Architectural Association. His work is hand made. 

This year we tackled the new normal; working, living and socialising in the confines of one space. The domestic interior and in particular the bedroom, was the point of departure for our exploration. Seven sequential briefs compelled students to measure, observe, survey, question and rethink familiar domestic spaces. The final brief asked students to redesign their bedroom to accommodate the coalescence of living and working for a client who works outdoors. Students had the opportunity to rethink the limits of this existing space, explore potentials and expand territory outwards. 

In semester two we shared site along Rye Lane in Peckham with students rising admirably to the challenge of investigating a site virtually!

Archive of First Year’s work from previous years:

BA Y1 2016-2017

BA Y1 2017-2018

BA Y1 2018-2019

BA Y1 2019-2020