Maija Viksne


Rather than being driven by desire to specialise in one singular sector, my work is underpinned by a strong belief in the principles of circular economy, ecology and sustainable low-tech construction techniques. My practice draws on the specifics of site, history, culture, climate and construction traditions to create projects firmly rooted in their place. Amongst practice's interests lie a concern for the representational and emotional effect that architecture can have through its physical presence, materiality and through tectonic expression.

Academic responsibilities

Studio tutor


  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Part I)
  • Professional Diploma in Architecture (Part II)
  • Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture (Part III)
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching and learning

I have been teaching architecture since 2014 and my experience spans across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2020, I achieved the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) from Oxford Brookes University through which I developed a critically reflective teaching practice. I joined Kingston School of Art in 2022 and currently lead a Year 3 Design Studio with Christopher Pendrich. 

I have been a visiting critic at a number of universities including Royal College of Art, University of East London, Oxford Brookes, Kingston and Nottingham University.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Undergraduate courses taught