Tutors: Tabatha Mills, Adam Thwaites, Ian Casey & Wajiha Dadabhoy
Tabatha Mills is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Westminster where she has taught for 16 years. With a plethora of industry experience as a practicing Architectural Technologist, she established her own studio in 2005. Her research interests include passive design, technical design solutions and embedding inclusivity into AT education and practice.
Adam Thwaites is a passionate advocate of architectural technology as a distinct profession. Adam is a Senior Lecturer and worked for a series of small architectural practices prior to moving into education. His research interests include the use of CLT timber in medium and high- rise building construction, energy efficiency and sustainable construction methods.
Ian Casey – with 25 years’ experience post-RIBA qualification, Ian is a practicing architect and master planner with Pick Everard, working on large-scale projects, contributing technical detailing expertise and a robust knowledge of technical design requirements to his studio teaching.
Wajiha Dadabhoy is a practicing architect at Rock Townsend within the Higher Education team, working on a variety of education and commercial schemes. Waj is a Part III Champion, and Visiting Lecturer at University of Westminster.
Deptford Community Fridge: Food Waste Reduction + Community Facilities
The design brief for AT2 this year involved a local community fridge project, aiming to reduce food waste and support community initiatives. An initial meeting with the founder of Hawkhurst Community Fridge allowed students to expand their brief to meet stakeholder needs and design a medium-scale project to house flexible spaces for community use on a former industrial site in Deptford, south-east London.
In synopsis with the Technologies of Architecture 2 module, students sought to understand the principles of airtightness within their designs, building on a series of theory lectures delivered by Research Associate Krista Zvirgzda, and a practical workshop from a manufacturer of air- and wind-tight building envelope materials. Physical models were then tested to analyse performance in line with the passive design strategy employed.