DS 3.3


Constance Lau


Constance Lau is an architect and teaches from undergraduate to doctorate levels here and at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Research interests in multiple interpretations and narratives are explored through the techniques of montage and notions of dialectical allegory. Narrative as an ongoing dialogue in architectural design is further articulated through publications and especially projects in the book Dialogical Designs (2016). @uow_ds3.3 and @ds3.3_20.21wip


Stephen Harty


Stephen Harty is a practicing architect and director of Harty and Harty, an agency that specialises in art sector projects including galleries and artist studios. He studied at The Mackintosh School Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, The Bartlett and the AA.


Guest Critics

Alessandro Ayuso
Irgel Enkhsaikhan
Nada Maktari
Gabriele Pesciotti and ZiHao Wong who have contributed as mentors
critics and assistant tutors. Your time with the studio is much appreciated.



A big thank you once again to Nada Maktari @maktariarchitecture for the studio banner.



To team alumni: Irgel Enkhsaikhan, Eadan Filbrandt, Momchil Petrinski, Hannah Ismail and Nada Maktari for their time and encouragement as portfolio mentors.


The contributions of the creative user to design discussions and the idea of a ‘questioning and incomplete’ approach is fundamental to the process driven methodology of this studio. Architecture is made by use and design and hence the creativity of the user ‘either produces a new space or gives an existing one meanings and uses contrary to established behaviour’. (J. Hill) Studio teaching encourages the student to assume authorship and shape the reading and outcome of the design brief. This year, the projects involve a new blueprint for a city that is continuously in process and requires the formulation of innovative design strategies that amplify these qualities. This city is dependant on the users’ experiences and will be explored through design experiments leading to a Gatehouse and new definitions of ‘Institute’. The Gatehouse to a City in Process The exploration starts with site studies and the surroundings of the listed Great Portland Street Station that will be examined on two scales. The first approaches the built environment of the masterplan as a series of ecological systems, each with their own material qualities and metabolic schedules. The latter, discusses issues of site through participatory processes and individual experiences where notions of psychogeography and situationist constructs result in new urban navigational strategies. These transient, process driven and shifting ideas of use and site generate alternative approaches to document overlooked a