The London R&D Workshops: STUDIO
The London semester is comprised of workshops focused on interrelated themes, tapping contemporary design preoccupations in London. Each workshop is structured into fast-paced analytic and synthetic exercises, followed by a student-curated exhibition. The workshops introduce students to design inquiry through chosen practices that act as models for their own work.
Workshop themes in fall 2017 were work and home, and the infrastructure engaged was the London Tube. Our special critic was Paolo Vimercati, associate principal at Grimshaw Architects. Studio visits in fall 2017 included OMA, MVRDV and ZUS and Grimshaw. Workshop themes in spring 2018 were ruin and craft, and the infrastructure engaged consisted of three iconic London structures: Christ Church Spitalfields, Royal Albert Hall and the Lloyd’s Building. We were joined by Owen Watson of 6a architects as special critic. Studio visits in spring 2018 included Souto de Moura, Aires Mateus, Dissing+Weitling and 6a architects. In fall 2018 we return to the themes of work and home, engaging the Regent’s Canal as infrastructural protagonist. Our special critics are Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez of OMMX Architects.
Corollary to the exposure to studio practice is engagement of research collections in London, including the Architectural Association, the Soane Museum and the V&A.
Davide Sacconi is an architect, Senior Lecturer and Research Coordinator at the Syracuse Architecture London Program. He is a PhD candidate at the Architectural Association of London, and founder of CAMPO, a space to debate, study and celebrate architecture in Rome. He graduated with honors in Architecture at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre and earned his postgraduate research diploma at the Berlage Institute of Rotterdam. He worked for internationally renowned offices, such as IaN+ and MVRDV, as well as with his own firms TSPOON and UGO, on a variety of architecture, landscape, urban design and editorial projects. He has taught in the UK since 2012 in various schools including The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, the Liverpool University, the Architectural Association and the Royal College of Art.