Architecture Research Projects

Repair Shop

‘Repair shop’ explores the intersectional practices and political impacts of newly emerging projects and social enterprises that trade repaired and restored goods.  Through case studies, it examines different approaches to pedagogy and skills; responses to the environment; and the politics of these new initiative’s economies.

Dark Light - Whitstable Biennale 2018

Dark Light is a film installation and spoken performance made in collaboration with Mavernie Cunningham and performed as part of the Whitstable Bennale of Film and Performance Satellite programme in June 2018.

Behind the Scenes: Anonymity and hidden mechanisms in design and architecture

A two-day symposium that explored the places, practices and people that are hidden in most conventional discussions of architecture and design. With a focus on networks, the event focused on embracing the complexity and diversity of characters and narratives in design and architectural practice and history. The event was developed into a Special Issue of Architecture and Culture Journal, published in March 2019.

Exploratory Configurations: the endless maze

SAM McELHINNEY 2017 aims to provide an integrated, high definition software tool for spatial analysis based on isovist mappings of architectural drawings. In due course will also provide a comprehensive guide to the use of the analysis software, the various modes and forms of measure that it offers, and also an archive of data sets for researchers. At present the work is at an early release stage and can be downloaded as a standalone trial app for Mac and PC.


Enthalpy is a measure of energy in a thermodynamic system. This new work, created for the Amsterdam Light Festival was located adjacent to the Hortus Botanicus Garden. Approaching the piece visitors triggered a sensor and a brightly coloured heat-mapped double appeared, mirroring spectator movements. In the absence of direct interaction the work cycled through previously recorded events, presenting a succession of ephemeral endothermic phantoms.

Stogin? aka The Roof House

Kristina Kotov 2016
With the help of volunteers, students of UCA School of Architecture and our local master craftsman @ the Ranch, the spatial uses, locally inherited spare, yet well-dried materials for repairing and maintaining timber buildings became the tectonic matter. The project now captures 2 years - 2 different sets of makers- 1 bay each = 2 bays (eventually 5). Each bay carries translations of their own interests of the vernacular, speed of construction interpreting methods according to their own dialect of fabrication.

Temporal Surface

This research project explored the technological implications and limitations of laser scanning and photogrammetry, specifically in the field of capturing dynamic and fluid surfaces.

Walking the Wood

This project investigated the re-constructive possibilities of a 150+ year old redundant timber barn.  It was dis-mantled, moved and re-assembled 350m north-east, using similarly crafted vernacular detailing and methods to form a new functioning structure in rural Lithuania.