Open Lecture

Open Lecture Series 2018/19, Semester 1

  • 17.00 - 18.30
  • 21 Nov 2018 - 28 Nov 2018
Open Lecture Series 2018/19, Semester 1

by Benni Allan 
Director of EBBA Architects
Alumni of Leeds School of Architecture
RIBA Ambassador for schools in Hackney
RIBA-J Rising Stars Award 2017 - Shortlisted
Selected as Young Trustee for the Architecture Foundation Board

EBBA ARCHITECTS are an emerging architecture and design practice interested in the construction of high quality, materially conscious and socially engaged spaces. They create buildings, places and objects through collaborative processes and the close involvement of clients to help drive the development of all projects. 

The work is defined by functional and elegantly crafted responses that employ inventive solutions to complex situations, always striving to test materials, construction techniques, proportion and form. They have been recognised for delivering thoughtful projects across diverse scales and sectors, including spatial environments for communities, art and cultural institutions, and galleries, as well as private commissions in the sectors of retail and residential design. Their most recent projects are the re-dressing of a school in Spain and series of small public works in Greenwich, with current projects including a children’s nursery in Manchester, a photography studio and an exhibition on fashion photography in Hong Kong. 

All of the work is characterised by an understanding of place.


by Will McMahon
MA in Architectural History at the Bartlett
Alumni of Leeds School of Architecture

Having completed the BA in Architecture at Leeds School of Architecture, I worked briefly at the Venice Biennale [is that scheme running again this year? Perhaps it would be easier to name it], before working for a small architecture practice in the Netherlands. Traditional architectural practice seemed constrictive to me, though, so rather than return to it, I looked for other possibilities. This included an MA in Architectural History at the Bartlett, where I ended up specialising in architectural ecologies.

This talk will try to draw a common thread through several themes of that MA. Firstly, borrowing heavily from Jane Rendell’s work on the space of text, Site-writing, I will think of the space created by Anne Frank in her diary. Coupled to this is Zizek’s notion of the “spandrel”, the accidental consequence of deliberate design that creates a “remainder” between what is inside and what is outside. Finally, I will bring this to bear on 12th century monastic practice, looking at the ways in which monks defined a “space” for themselves and for their practices (or habits). In short, I will be looking at the interplay of physical and “non-physical” techniques that delineate space, and so might be considered “architecture”.

by Taro Tsuruta
Director of Taro Tsuruta Architects

With the help of digital fabrication, Tsuruta Architects have been exploring the customisation of building elements from furniture to structure and for the process of delivering a project on a conventional domestic building site. 

Taro Tsuruta established Tsuruta Architects in 2006. His original designs are informed by an exacting understanding of construction technology, combined with a deep respect for light, materials, context and the practicalities of everyday life. The practice has enjoyed critical acclaim for their inventive and alternative approach to domestic scale projects such as Marie’s Wardrobe and House of Trace. Numerous industry awards include RIBA’s Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016.

by Aidan Bintcliffe
Director of Studio Nuumi
Alumni of Leeds School of Architecture

A brief and bumpy road map to starting a sustainable design lead business.

Studio Nuumi was established in 2016 by Architecture graduate Aidan. His background in design and passion for hands on building and renovation inspired him to further establish his ideas through studying at Leeds School of Architecture, which lead to Studio Nuumi being born. With a desire to be a design/build studio with a keen interest in woodworking, Nuumi specialises in handcrafted furniture and transforming spaces entirely out of reclaimed materials. The aim was to build furniture with a story; every material used is salvaged and often decades old from various sources around Yorkshire. This sustainable approach to design gives a new life to materials destined to be wasted on the scrapheap and also creates some really interesting pieces with a rich history, whilst consistently being environmentally friendly. 

Our ambition is heavily influenced through our roots in architecture; creating high-end designer furniture that is a direct response to the material found, leading to the creation of truly unique pieces at an affordable cost. Nuumi has since expanded and taken this core value of sustainable building on the small-scale to a much larger scale, now developing properties that are beautifully finished yet built with an environmentally conscious approach, and most importantly maintaining an affordable finish product that doesn’t sacrifice design.