DS 22


Yara Sharif


Nasser Golzari and Yara Sharif are award winning architects and academics with an interest in design as a mean to create resilient communities. Combining research with design their work runs parallel between their architectural practice NG Architects, their research team; PART and their Design Studio DS22 at the University of Westminster. Golzari and Sharif have won a number of prestigious awards including the 2013 Agha Khan Award, 2014 Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, 2013, 2016 RIBA President’s Award for Research. The way they run the studio is very similar to how they run the practice with a combination between design, drawings, testing and making.


Nasser Golzari



Guest Critics

Andrew Carr and Angela Brady (Brady Mallalieu Architects)
Sun Yan Yee (Grimshaw Architects)
Philip Breese (Weston Williamson Architects)
Jake Cripwell (Fawn Studio)
Thomas Riddell-Webster (Barr Gazetas)
Samir Pandya
Maria Kramer
Toby Burgess
Alessandro Ayusso
Minerva Fadel (University of Westminster)
Adriana Useche (NG Architects



Arcadis, Zios Hotels and London Prestige Joinery for their generous sponsorship to realise the exhibition


In DS22 we continue our interest in social an environmental ecology and in decolonising the landscape – physical and cultural to draw attention to invisible communities whose voice is left unheard. This year, DS22 interrogated the notion of the Walled Garden as a symbolic space for collective act with its social and environmental wonders. The students explored different architectural prototypes for the garden located at the coastal edges of the Mediterranean. Using a hybrid of drawings and conceptual models the students ‘undressed’ and ‘reassembled’ the landscape to expose its hidden potentials. The garden was then proposed in its different forms to offer a space of care, production, collective act and experimentation. The projects this year varied in their scope and location. The Mediterranean coastal cities with their charm and yet, contradiction, formed the basis of our investigation. The projects covered Napoli, Alexandria, Jaffa/Tel Aviv, Beirut and also looking at Przemysl/Poland and Gherdeal/ Transylvania. All projects offered a social commentary on environmental, social and political inequalities. While celebrating the wonders of the unfamiliar, the garden became a tool to combine technical innovation with poetic narration