DS 2.2


Natalie Newey


Natalie Newey is a Senior Lecturer and SFHEA. She has extensive experience working in practice and is particularly interested in engaging students in collaborative projects and local issues.


Richa Mukhia


Richa Mukhia is a director of an award-winning architectural practice M.O.S Architects. She has extensive experience working in the private and public sector with a particular interest in housing design, public realm and community engagement.


Guest Critics

Adriana Cepeda Bejarano
Simon Banfield
Scott Batty
Lena Emanuelsen
Alix Gunn
Abiel Hagos
Clare Hamman
Sho Ito
Sofia Karim
Lou Kellman
Neil Kiernan
Lauren Li Porter
Aoibhin McGinley
William Mclean
Paresh Parmar



Seyi Adewole -LSA, Markus Bader of Raumlabor, Simon Banfield - Architect, Alix Gunn- Retruvious, Abiel Hagos - Architect, Hamish Johnston - Peckham Levels, Sofia Karim – Architect/Activist/Artist, Hattie King - Out of Order Design, Charlie Mills - Bold Tendencies, Doina Petrescu - Atelier d'architecture autogérée, Malakai Sargeant- Theatre Peckham, Giles Smith -Assemble Architects, Ken Taylor - m2 Gallery


The radical switch to home working which is now the ‘new normal’ offers a unique opportunity for cities, citizens and architects to rethink the way we inhabit our neighbourhoods. This year’s studio focused on the 15-minute City; an urban strategy based on research by Carlos Moreno. The idea is a direct response to issues of climate change, community building, and the impact of coronavirus on our living and working rhythm’s. City dwellers are part of a complicated and diverse ecosystem, one in which interdependencies between the natural environment, local infrastructure, streets, buildings, and human occupation need to be considered. Can we radically change our habits of working and living in cities and the architecture that supports this? The studio considered this question over the course of the year, exploring local environments and our role within them, investigating and developing new concepts, practices and proposals for a living habitat that is ambitious, inclusive, adaptable and responsive to current and future rhythms of life in cities. Our investigations began with a day of visits to community lead projects in Peckham, south London including Peckham Platform, Theatre Peckham and Out of Order Design. Inspired by the visits and armed with extensive asset mapping of their chosen sites, the students spent the term developing meanwhile projects, designed to cultivate connections among locals, develop cultural activities, draw the residents together and boost local eco