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_wip


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

To team alumni: Neophytos Christou
Irgel Enkhsaikhan
Nada Maktari
and Laura Nica. Your time with the studio is much appreciated.



A big thank you to Nada Maktari @maktariarchitecture once again, for the studio banner. Its the galaxy far far away that keeps on giving...



To Neophytos Christou, critic and assistant tutor. Thank you for your time and encouragement.


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. The idea of ‘open work’ (Eco) enables personal interpretations and dialogues to establish the design proposals. Dialogical Cities, Adaptive Multi Use involve urban ideas of rebuilding, renewal, adaptability and flexibility concerning the position of public institutions and the ability to adapt as needs change. The technique of historiography is adopted to create new relationships between site, program and individual research. These design conversations where new readings and meanings are constantly shifting are formed through individual narratives and experiences. The Concierge Dwellings, Rethinking Habitation and Use are accomplished through engaging with latent transitionary and intermediary conditions especially in the ‘counter-spaces’ that occur in the voids and/or peripheries of the existing Museum of the Home, Shoreditch. The proposals are part-parasite-part-catalyst and serves to alter the function and meaning of the host institution through creating, destroying and/or appropriating. Through interventions that alter existing understandings of ‘museum’, the new narratives hosted by the Concierge Dwellings extend to the Adaptive Multi-Use Museum of People and Places. These post pandemic design proposals accommodate the retroactive past, site-specific present and speculative future.