Design Studio (Three) One


YEAR 3 – DS3.1

Tutors: Jane Tankard and Thomas Grove

Jane Tankard is the BA Architecture Year 3 Leader, Senior Lecturer, practising Architect and active researcher. Her work focuses on experimental pedagogy, praxis and the role of the architect in collaborative multidisciplinary contexts. Studio work embraces politics, film and feminism.

Thomas Grove studied at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Westminster. He works for an architectural practice in London and is interested in film, ornament, traditional modes of representation and the socio-political ramifications of architecture.


Using modernist film-making and 1:1 construction studies, notions of modernist alienation became a forensic lens, focusing our gaze on the legacy of post-war modernist architecture in London.

Choreographic investigations of filmic space and narrative evolved into experimental drawings exploring the conventions of orthographic representation and the cultural value embedded in the construction detail – from the fetishisation of modernist architectural icons to the use of architectural elements to exclude and control. Manifesting as a coding system with which to map our recent history, both socially and professionally, we used drawing to navigate how modernist values obfuscate and embed issues of class, race and gender. These open- ended experiments manifested in proposals, informed by reconstruction and adaptation, for pleasure and delight.

Interactions with Southwark’s deprived neighbourhoods, informed by our filmic knowledge, personal experiences and histories and cultures, identified neglected members of the local community. Their detailed narratives, identities and daily lives informed our programme and social intention, manifesting in mixed-use hybrid proposals that challenge the dumbing-down of developer-led residential building, creating an architecture that is formed around the needs and daily realities of contemporary diverse communities.

Archive of DS3.1’s work from previous years:

BA DS3.1 2016-2017

BA DS3.1 2017-2018

BA DS3.1 2018-2019

BA DS3.1 2019-2020

BA DS3.1 2020-2021