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 patron of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Royal Academy. He is founding director of acclaimed London-based practice Piercy & Company. He is a visiting lecturer and has been teaching DS16 since 2010.


Guest Critics

Guan Lee (Grymsdyke Farm/UCL/RCA)
Michiko Sumi (UCL/KPF)
Victoria Watson (Dr Watson Architects)
Sandra Coppin (Coppin Dockray Architects)
Jack Newton (RSHP)
Emily Wickham (Assemble)
Fiona Neil (Piercy & Co)
Harry Bucknell (Piercy & Co)
William McLean (UoW)
Michal Garnett (MICAT)
Cathryn Walczyk (Piercy & Co)
Alex Haggart (Piercy & Co)
Yannis Halkiopolous (Piercy & Co)
Rebecca Gardner (Grimshaws) and Lewis Toghill.



Special thanks to Guan Lee for a wonderful time spent at Grymsdyke Farm and Eliot Rogosin for all his help while there. Great to be back!


CONTINGENCY & MATERIAL ACTS: Embracing contingency in architecture challenges both the classicist and modernist endeavour for order, control, unity and purity, whether that be formally, socially or culturally. It contends that indeterminate forces play an important role in design, construction and use. Architecture is never completely autonomous. This year we invited students to explore contingent practices to invent alternative responses for the design and role of buildings to speculate on new ways of inhabiting the city. The discourse has been intensified by the climate crisis together with the social, cultural and economic impact of the pandemic. In the first term we fostered a “design-through-making” approach in creating small scale, site specific interventions for Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery. A collection of ‘Material Acts’ was generated, developed with time spent at Grymsdyke Farm in Buckinghamshire to experiment, test, critique and record a variety of material techniques. Students continued with and elaborated on their themes and research for the main individual project when the discussion moved to the weathering landscapes of post-industrialised Glasgow. Here they were invited to invent programs and typologies having a civic commitment and an intelligent material awareness. They wrote their own briefs, selected their own sites and devised their own programmes. They engaged in strategies of adaptation, re-use and resourcing while exploring attitudes of passive envi