All architecture is communication: Structuring our relations and shaping our stories. In our media-social world so much of that communication no longer requires a physical architecture. Does this suggest a need to develop more conversational buildings? The idea that architecture might be in dialogue; contextual; regional; part of, or in contrast to a history; is well exercised. Stated relations to old space, found space, everyday space, users and communities - are all current ways for modern designers to make relational work. However, a conversation is different from other forms of communication; a nuanced interchange of information between equal and engaged persons; a social interaction. The study provides a consideration of conversation in defining a project, in participation with its development, in its construction and in its use. Architects are often in intense and nuanced dialogue with their architecture, but does this translate into a conversational experience for the occupant?
I am an architect and a founding director of AOC Architecture Ltd, established in 2005. AOC is a RIBA award winning chartered practice. Our work is both beautiful and socially engaged. Gaining recognition for inventive inquiry, participatory practice and characterful buildings, we operate at diverse scales for demanding clients, with a reputation for high quality architecture in sensitive contexts.
I have taught at a number of architecture schools including Kingston, Westminster, London Metropolitan, the Architectural Association, Cardiff and Nottingham University. In 2011 I was a Louis I Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale School of Architecture and taught a design studio 'Re-storing Public Possessions' and a seminar series 'People Making Places'.