DS 3.5


Bruce Irwin


Bruce Irwin studied art and architecture at the Bartlett and Rhode Island School of Design and has lived and worked in New York and London. His practice combines design, teaching and curating. He is a founder and co-director of SCAN Projects.


Catherine Phillips


Catherine Phillips studied architecture at the Bartlett and Manchester University, and art at City and Guilds of London Art School. Her practice combines architecture, teaching and art. She is a director of MPH Architects, executive architects for the Cork House, Eton, recent winner of the Stephen Lawrence Prize, Gold Wood Award, and several other awards.


Guest Critics

John Zhang
Thomas Grove


We believe that design is an iterative creative process, requiring inspiration, testing and discovery, and we encourage a multi-media approach to spatial investigation. Our aim is to develop with students a design process that is persistent and attentive but is also spontaneous, curious, and agile. Our focus is on the creativity of each student. Agoraphobia (Sem A) We are living in a time of fear of public space. Shepherd’s Bush Market, renowned for fabrics, foods, and household goods of all kinds, has been under threat of ‘upmarket’ redevelopment for years. We investigated histories of the market, the market communities, and the neighborhood, seeking opportunities towards supporting its continued existence and even expansion. We proposed programs of market support structures. COMMUNITY FABRICS (Sem B)– What is the public realm? We explored ideas of the shape, materials, the use, and the future of the places we share, considered issues of change, time, seasonality, rest, activity, performance, observation, and the market. We designed a Space for and Ethereal Event, A Community Hub, and a Link to the Market. Our final proposals blend optimism with a pragmatic realism and offer a future for the market and for its communities.