DS 16


Anthony Boulanger


Anthony is a senior lecturer and has been involved with DS16 since 2007, becoming lead tutor in 2010. He is co-founding partner of AY Architects, recognised for innovative design and research, winner of several awards including the Stephen Lawrence Prize.


Stuart Piercy


Stuart is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and founding director of the acclaimed craft-dedicated practice Piercy & Company based in London. He has been a tutor with DS16 since 2010.


Callum Perry


Callum graduated from DS16 in 2014. He stated teaching with the studio in 2015 with an interest in making both analogue and digitally. He is a designer/ fabricator and architect at Piercy & Company.


Guest Critics

Harry Charrington (UoW)
Yeoryia Manolopoulou (UCL/AY Architects)
Guan Lee (UCL/RCA
Grymsdyke Farm)
Murray Fraser (UCL)
Robert Thum (Hochschule Treir)
Michiko Sumi (UCL/KPF)
St John Walsh (UCD/ Alder Architects)
William McLean (UoW)
Jack Newton (RSHP)
Matteo Cainer (MCA)
Al Scott (If-Do)
Liam Spencer (Thirdway Architecture)
Harry Bucknell (Piercy & Co)
Robert Beeny (Piercy & Co)
Yannis Halkiopolous (Piercy & Co)



And many thanks to Drawing Matter for an insightful virtual tour of Shatwell Farm and inspiring drawing workshop.


DS16 continues to engage with cultures of materials and techniques of making to inform critical and inventive architectural responses within specific social, cultural, political, economic and environmental contexts. This year, under quite challenging circumstances, we’ve adapted to experimenting and collaborating with significantly limited means for making. The theme of the year was VERSATILE CITY and we used London as our site. Students were asked to speculate intelligent and imaginative designs in response to the shifting conditions of the city before, during and after the public health crisis when addressing the versatility of our urban centres has obtained heightened relevance. We started this journey in the first term with a project entitled PLAYING THE CITY to discover how we could keep making to engage with London 1-to-1. The collection of these projects can be seen in the flipbook attached. Many students brought the themes and research of their first projects into their main individual theses in writing their own briefs, selecting their own sites and devising their own programmes. They sought to imagine a more reactive and holistically sustainable and civil city, questioning traditional norms to invent unorthodox programs and typologies that facilitate the continued use and/or re-use of the city and its civic soul - in its streets, squares, theatres, churches, galleries, etc.