Intermediate Unit 12, Architectural Association, 2014–15

The unit explored the role of events in the production of architecture, focusing on the ‘moment’ as a trigger for something far larger and more impactful.

We began with the premise that architecture – both practice and education –too often focuses on the architectural object, instead of the action inspired or enacted by the built work. Building on this scenario, we asked how ephemeral manifestations of architecture and design could help define the experiences that are central to our cultural environments. The unit investigated ‘happenings’at various scales and programmes while considering the impact of the audience or user within the production of those spaces. By taking this position we began to consider what, and who, is affected by architecture, and we extended the idea of agency beyond the profession to explore the potential of the audience and user to inform the built environment. Today the agency of the user is central to the work of our practice as PHASE 3.

The unit was taught alongside long-time friend and collaborator Inigo Minns.