Akari TakebayashiAkari Takebayashi is an LSA tutor practicing and teaching in London and Japan, previously in NYC and KY in the United States. She studied architecture at University of Pennsylvania for her Master’s degree (graduating in 2009) and at the Pratt Institute for BArch in New York (graduating in 2002). After working for three leading architectural practices in New York City, in 2009 she co-founded the architectural firm D.O.T.S. whilst simultaneously teaching architecture at University of Kentucky as a full-time faculty member until 2014.More recently, Akari has taught and reviewed architectural studios at multiple universities across the UK including: UAL Central St Martins; Newcastle University; and The Bartlett / UCL. Her current academic research explores the process and architecture of naturally sourced materials such as stone.After working for an architectural practice in London, she founded an architecture and design firm Studio Takebayashi in 2019. The interest of the practice resides in material and ideational potential of architecture.
Following a degree in History of Art from Cambridge, Alan received his doctorate on Architectural Education in Britain 1880-1914. He is a prolific writer for magazines and author of numerous books. He is joint editor of the journal Twentieth Century Architecture and joint editor of the monograph series, Twentieth Century Architects. He has curated popular exhibitions, including Modern Britain 1929-39 (Design Museum), 1999; Eric Ravilious (Imperial War Museum), 2003; and Eros to the Ritz: 100 Years of Street Architecture (Royal Academy), 2013.
As professor of architecture and cultural history at the University of Greenwich, Alan taught architectural history and theory for undergraduate and diploma courses from 1999-2012, and has been a frequent external examiner for PhD and other higher degrees. He is chairman of Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust in London, and formerly chair of the Twentieth Century Society (2007-12). An expert on 20th century architecture, Alan was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2008.
Alan is the Design History Module Leader for the Second Year students at the LSA.
Alpa DepaniAlpa Depani is an architect, artist, educator, public servant and engaged citizen who is active in the practice, structures and discourse of city-making.Alpa is Head of Strategic Planning and Design at LB Waltham Forest, has worked in architectural practice and taught BA and MA Architecture at LSA, London Met, CSM, RCA, Brighton University and Manchester School of Architecture.Alpa was selected for the first cohort of Public Practice, is an examiner for ARB, a Trustee for the London Society and a Fellow of the Churchill Fellowship for a study into community-led public space. She also self-produces the ‘zine ROMP.Alpa is a Design Tutor for the First Year students at the LSA.
Bushra Mohamed is an architect, writer and educator. She is the Director of MSOMA Architects, a London-based architecture and research studio that centers diasporic identities, cultures and people within the built environment. The practice works across varied scales from urban public realms to built artefacts and curation.
She is particularly interested in the multiple histories of the African Continent, giving agency to untold stories, as well as synthesising themes of decolonisation and decarbonisation. Bushra has taught at the Architectural Association, Kingston University, and the University of Cambridge. As a writer, she has contributed to several publications, including Sound Advice’s NOW YOU KNOW, the Architectural Review, the AA Files, and is currently working on a publication focused on the African compound house as a multi-generational housing typology.
Bushra joined the LSA in 2023 as a Second Year Design Tutor.
Charlie EdmondsCharlie is a London-based designer and writer working across the fields of architecture, climate transition, and political economy. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where he co-founded Future Architects Front (FAF) with Priti Mohandas. Charlie is a systems designer at CIVIC SQUARE in Birmingham where he works to demonstrate the necessity for a devolved urban climate transition.Through FAF and CIVIC SQUARE, Charlie’s work seeks to establish emergent forms of anti-capitalist organising situated within the (re)production of the built environment.Charlie is a Critical Practice Tutor at the LSA.
Daniel is an architect and co-founder of Artefact which designs homes, community and cultural projects that reflect the culture of their users. Working collaboratively with clients and communities, his work marries the craft of architecture with a commitment to delivering projects that seek to bring joy to their users while minimising carbon in construction and in use.
Daniel studied architecture at University of Cambridge and the Bartlett School of Architecture. Prior to founding Artefact, Daniel worked as an Associate at Henley Halebrown, leading educational projects, residential developments, masterplans and research studies for Local Authorities across London. He has previously worked at urban design practice Publica, Alison Brooks Architects and MVRDV in Rotterdam. Daniel has taught design studios at the University of Nottingham and Central St Martins. His writing and work have been widely published and exhibited, and he is a mentor on the FLUID Built By Us Programme.
Daniel is a First Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Daniel Ovalle Costal
I am an architect (ARB registered & RIBA Chartered) and Master of Architecture and Urbanism with Distinction (Architectural Association Design Research Lab).
Daniel is the co-leader of the Design Think Tank module for First Year students.
Dann is a Director at East. He graduated from University of East London and Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. Since he graduated in 1998, he has been teaching at University of East London, Academia de Architetura di Mendrisio, Switzerland, the Cass School of Architecture, Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden, and currently, the Architecture Association School of Architecture. He regularly lectures in the UK, Europe and Brazil, and was a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art and University of Westminster from 2014-18. He has run and contributed to international workshops in Belgium, Sweden, Portugal and Brazil.
Dann is a First Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Dr David Knight is a designer, strategist and author, and a founding co-director of DK-CM, an architecture, planning and research practice which is focussed on making work in public, from buildings and public spaces to design guidance, spatial policy, urban strategy and research.
David holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art concerned with the politics of planning knowledge. He is the co-editor of “Public House A cultural and social history of the London pub’ with Cristina Monteiro (2021), co-author of ‘SUB-PLAN: A Guide to Permitted Development’ (2009) and has exhibited, lectured and published widely. He has also been a teacher of architecture since 2005, including roles at the University of Brighton, the Royal College of Art and Kingston School of Art. David teaches, lectures and writes internationally, has served as a trustee of The Architecture Foundation and is an external examiner at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.David is the module leader for the Design Cities and Design Direction First Year modules at the LSA.
Eddie Blake is an architect. He trained at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, Westminster University and the Architectural Association, he has taught at the Royal College of Art, Bartlett (UCL), and theArchitectural Association Kingston University. He is a director at Studio Weave. He writes widely about architecture for the Guardian, Architectural Review, Metropolis, Icon, and Real Review among other publications.
Eddie is a Design History and a First Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Emily is an Architect at Morris+Company. She gained a first class degree from the Manchester School of Architecture and was a founding graduate of the London School of Architecture. She has been involved in several housing and commercial projects and has a particular interest in community wellbeing. With an interest in learning through doing, Emily has been involved with several participatory live design/build projects.
Emily has rejoined the LSA as a First Year Design Tutor.
Esther has been an integral member at the award-winning RIBA Chartered Architecture Practice Studio Weave since 2017 where she has been working on a wide variety of projects, from large-scaled residential, right down to multi-functional pavilions.
Esther studied and fully qualified as a n Architect at the ETSAVA Higher Technical School of Architecture of Valladolid in Spain, and she spent one of her university years with a scholarship in France at the Ecole Nationale Supérierure d’Architecture de Toulouse where she gained a distinction in her final project.
Esther has experience in difference countries, working in several architectural and design offices on diverse projects, in both public and private sectors, from the initial design stages to complex detailing and execution. In Spain, she founded and partnered EscribanoRosique Arquitectos, having entered a significant number of competitions and received awards from the likes of Europan 9 (2nd Prize), Europan 10 (1st Prize) Eirka Fuchs House Museum in Germany (3rd Prize) and a prize in the XI Castilla y León Architecture Awards.
Esther combined her work as an architect with work as a university lecturer in ETSAVA Higher Technical School of Architecture of Valladolid in Spain where she is currently a PhD candidate and as a visiting lecturer in the Umeå School of Architecture in Sweden. As part of her work as a lecturer, she was part of different research groups such as IUU Workshop University of Urban Design. She has also participated in several lectures and congresses in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. In London, Esther has been teaching as an Associate Lecturer at UAL: Central Saint Martins since 2022 and at The LSA Master program as a Design Tutor since 2019.
Fabrizio Matillana is a chartered architect and trained planner. After a decade working in private architectural practice including AJ 100 firms and Farshid Moussavi Architecture, he moved to the public sector.
He is Design & Conservation Deputy Team Manager at Islington Council. He leads the design advice on high profile projects in commercial, mixed-use, civic and life science sectors in strategic and heritage settings. He is currently working on the Net Zero SPD and retrofit planning notes, embedding decarbonisation practices in design advice.
He previously was Principal Urban Design Officer, advising on Islington’s New Build Housing Programme, ranging from Passivhaus towers, estate regeneration to complex infill sites. At Enfield Council’s Place Department, he led the urban design advice for the borough’s high profile strategic projects: Meridian Water Phase 1 and Edmonton Green Shopping Centre as well as development on Green Belt, suburban densification, and strategic industrial land.
His research interests are models of hybrid architectural and planning practice that provide strategic design input at city level, such as density and intensification, design coding and spatial planning.
He was named a RIBA Journal Rising Star 2020 for his work bringing design thinking to planning and promoting clear and proactive design advice. He is a panel member at Design South East, Harrow Design Review Panel and is a regular contributor at Urban Design London training events.
Fabrizio is a Second Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Federico OrtizFederico (he/him) is an independent architect and curator. He has substantial experience in interpreting research, policy and urban intelligence into different forms of content for public audiences. He has previously worked at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and is currently Head of Content at New London Architecture, leading NLA’s research, publications, exhibitions and programme of events. Federico holds an MA in History and Critical Thinking from the Architectural Association, where he is currently Programme Head of the “Unbroadcastable Houses” Visiting School.Federico is a Design History Tutor at the LSA.
Gill is Director at AOC, a practice of Architects and Designers based in London. The engage in collaborative processes to designs that are particular to place, and make designs that are useful, valuable and joyful. She has been responsible for designing and delivering a range of cultural institutions, exhibitions, and homes. Most recently the Young V&A in Bethnal Green which has been recently described as one of London’s great indoor public spaces.
She studied architecture at the Hull School of Architecture and the University of Westminster. For her final thesis project, she won the RIBA Silver Medal, the SOM Travel Award and the Sergeant Prize for Drawing. Gill taught an MArch design studio at University of Westminster for several years and is a member of the RIBA validation panel. Gill is a First Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
James HignettJamie Hignett is an architect, researcher and co-founder of Unit 38, an architectural design and co-research studio that works with community organisations, local authorities and private clients to deliver high impact social projects. We place a high value on research and we work extensively with interdisciplinary teams, think tanks, academic researchers and local governments to develop proposals.Before founding Unit 38 he worked for many years at Carmody Groarke leading on a wide range of large cultural and commercial projects including an extension to the Design Museum in Gent, an ambitious reuse of an existing warehouse in Bethnal Green and a new Passivhaus archive and logistics hub for the British Library at Boston Spa.
James Soane is an architect, teacher and writer who set up Project Orange with his partner Christopher Ash in 1997. The research-led practice is known for its breadth of work including housing, offices and hotels. In the face of the ecological crisis we are actively taking an ethical position that values resilience, innovation and society. In 2021 the studio moved to rural Suffolk. He was a founding Director of the London School of Architecture where he is currently a Fellow of Critical Practice. His involvement in education has been furthered through his work with the RIBA Education Department. James has also written many academic papers on climate change and architectural pedagogy. He was a co-editor and contributor for the RIBA published book, ‘A Gendered Profession’.
Joanne has a background in architecture, urban design and architectural history and theory. Prior to joining Public Practice Joanne worked at AR Urbanism, alongside community groups to develop design codes to support their neighbourhood plans. She previously worked at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Peter Barber Architects where she contributed to the design and delivery of public realm and social housing projects, the production of a housing design guide for a national housing association and a strategic vision for Ebbsfleet Garden City Development Corporation.
Part of the second cohort of Public Practice, Joanne joined Greater Cambridge Planning Service as Principal Urban Design Officer. Her role sat within the joint planning service’s multi-disciplinary Built and Natural Environment Team and involved working on the masterplan for Northstowe New Town. She supported the development of Cambridge Biomedical Campus and contributed to the design code for an urban extension to the east of Cambridge.
Joanne is a Critical Practice Tutor for the First Year students at the LSA.
Kit Stiby Harris is an architect with particular interests in the future of building conservation. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art he has worked within design-led firms including Norman-Prahm Architects, Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio and IDK, collaborated with artists and designers including Shona Heath and Tim Walker, and has been commissioned by clients including the Victoria and Albert Museum. His work has been published internationally on sites such as Dezeen and exhibited at the RIBA. Kit is currently an architect at Purcell, where he is working towards accreditation as a conservation architect.Kit has taught at Ravensbourne University and Cambridge University, and runs a conservation-focussed dissertation group at the University of Greenwich. At the LSA Kit is a Second Year Design Tutor, teaches on the Design History module, and has also been delivering Translations, a series of workshops on architectural production.
Lewis is Chief Operating Officer at Skyroom and leads the delivery of all their projects through design, planning and construction.
Lewis has over fifteen years of experience in designing and delivering award-winning homes, buildings and urban design projects, most recently at the architectural practice, Carmody Groarke. He has led design teams on high-value projects ranging from urban masterplans, to hotels and cultural infrastructure. He has held academic posts at UCL and The RCA.
Lewis is a Founding Faculty member of the LSA, and now leads the Design Tectonics module for Second Year students.
Madeleine Kessler is a chartered architect and founding Director at Unscene Architecture. Trained as an architect and structural engineer, she is experienced in working with complex urban sites, placing community, craft and placemaking at the heart of design. Previously she worked at Haworth Tompkins, HHF Architekten, Studio Weave, and Haptic Architects, where she was an Associate, on projects ranging from temporary pavilions and theatres to infrastructure and urban design, including Battersea Arts Centre, Kings Cross W3, St James’s Market Pavilion, and Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Madeleine sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group, and teaches at the London School of Architecture. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Oslo Architecture Triennale. In 2020 she was named in the Architects’ Journal 40 under 40, and she was awarded the 2019 RIBA Rising Star Award.
Madeleine is a Design Tectonics Tutor for the Second Year students at the LSA.
Maria-Chiara studied in Milan and has almost 20 years of professional experience, working for several well-known architectural practices including Kengo Kuma and Associates, OMA and Amanda Levete Architects, as well as founding her own studio. PiM.studio Architects, through research and design, try to re-articulate the relationship between architecture, humans, and all other living beings.
She joined David Chipperfield Architects in 2022 and led the successful competition for the LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub in London, for which she is now the project architect. In addition to her architectural work, Maria-Chiara teaches at the London School of Architecture, has lectured in various schools and has been an Architecture Ambassador for the RIBA National Schools programme. She is devoted to supporting and encouraging women working in the built environment.
Maria-Chiara is a Second Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Mat Barnes is the director of CAN, an Architecture and Ideas studio based in London. Since its formation in 2016, CAN has built a reputation for creating striking and idiosyncratic projects across public art, architecture and furniture design. CAN’s work is widely published and has won multiple awards, including two RIBA awards and a Wallpaper* furniture design award. CAN was included in the Observer’s Top 5 architecture of 2020 and Mat received the RIBA Rising Star award 2021. Mat has presented CAN’s work across Europe and previously taught at the University of Liverpool.Mat is a First Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Matthew is a founding Director at Whittaker Parsons Ltd. The studio’s projects are hugely varied from small scale domestic extensions and interventions to high-end retail and art installations. These projects are all connected through a consistent methodology. This involves looking rigorously at the context and finding ways to respond, creating projects that are bespoke and unique to their place. The practice enjoys working closely with leading artists and designers to achieve projects that can often have unexpected outcomes.
Matthew completed his Diploma at London Metropolitan under the tutelage of Florian Beigel and Philip Christou and awarded the ‘best portfolio prize’. He has a wide range of experience working for a host of highly acclaimed architectural practices in the UK & abroad. After graduating, he joined Maccreanor Lavington and worked on the feasibility plan for Northwest Cambridge and the Olympic Legacy Masterplan in Stratford. Following this, he joined Caruso St John Architects to work on the RIBA National Award-winning refurbishment of Tate Britain. He then spent a year working for Seung H Sang in Seoul South Korea. On his return to London, Matthew joined Jamie Fobert Architects where he became an Associate & worked on a range of projects. Most notably, Matthew led the £20million extension to Tate St Ives. Since opening in October 2017, the project won Museum of the Year 2018 and was shortlisted for Sterling Prize 2018.’
Matthew is a Second Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Maurizio is an architect, co-founder and director of PiM.studio Architects in London.
Some of his recent projects include a house in Switzerland, two art galleries in Paris and London, exhibitions designs and a research project about making public spaces more inclusive and accessible.
He is fascinated by the relationship between city, architecture and nature and about rethinking the way these interact. How can we create better connections between the space we live in and its surroundings? How can we design beautiful buildings and cities that, not only use less resources, but can actually make a positive contribution to help restoring the environment?
Before setting up PiM.studio in 2016, Maurizio worked with Kengo Kuma & Associates between Tokyo, Edinburgh, and Paris, with OMA in Rotterdam, and with Jeffrey Inaba at C-Lab in New York.
Maurizio studied at the Politecnico di Milano and at Columbia University in New York. He teaches at the UAL-Central St Martins, and is a Fellow Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Maurizio is a Second Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Dr Neal Shasore is Head of School and Chief Executive of the London School of Architecture. He joins the school following positions at the RIBA, the University of Westminster, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Oxford. He is particularly passionate about diversifying architectural education, heritage and practice. An architectural historian by training, his research and writing has primarily focussed on architectural culture in Britain and the Empire in the first half of the twentieth century and this critical perspective informs his own pedagogy and practice. He is a Trustee of the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Twentieth Century (C20) Society.
Neal is leading the Design Think Tank module with Daniel Ovalle Costal for the 2022/23 First Year students at the LSA.
Nicola Antaki is a practising architect, educator and researcher. Her focus is on the potential for collective (co)design approaches to enable (young) people to develop urban agency. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at ENSAPLV in Paris and runs Collective Design Practice in London. She has a PhD Architectural Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Development Planning Unit in 2019.
Nicola is a First Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Pete helps run Piercy and Company, overseeing a team engaged in a wide range of project scales and typologies. They work almost exclusively in London – from tight infil sites to regeneration masterplans – and seek to engage with the narrative and materiality of each specific place and to relate to its historic spirit in a contemporary way. Pete studied in Sheffield under Jeremy Till and Renata Tyszczuk and was previously a tutor at Birmingham City University and a visiting critic in several London schools. He is also a member of Lambeth Design Review Panel.
Pete is a First Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Architectural writer, critic, consultant and curator, Peter Buchanan was born in Malawi, schooled in Zimbabwe and graduated B.Arch from the University of Cape Town in 1968. He worked as architect and urban designer/planner in parts of Africa, Europe and the Middle East before joining The Architectural Review in 1979, becoming deputy editor in 1982.
Freelancing since 1992, he curated the travelling exhibitions Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Selected Projects and Ten Shades of Green for The Architectural League of New York and been a consultant on urban design projects and for architectural publications. He has published several hundred essays and articles in journals from many countries, and lectured and taught summer schools and master classes in a similarly wide range of places and universities.
His many books include five volumes of Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works (Phaidon Press) and Ten Shades of Green (WW Norton). Most recently, he wrote The Big Rethink series in The Architectural Review, now being expanded into a book.
Roberta MarcaccioRoberta Marcaccio is an educator, an editor and a research and communication consultant. Her work on alternative modes of architectural practice informed the book ‘Architects After Architecture’ (Routledge, 2020) and is currently being supported by a Graham Foundation grant and a Research Publication Fellowship awarded by the AA.Roberta is a Critical Practice Tutor for the First Year students at the LSA.
Roy Coupland is a qualified architect having studied at the University of Kent, the Architectural Association and the University of Cambridge. He is currently working for Niall McLaughlin Architects having previously worked at Matheson Whiteley, David Chipperfield Architects and Herzog & de Meuron. Roy is a co-founder of S.o.U.P, a collaboration focused on exploring new methodologies of shaping the built environment through community engagement. He is also actively engaged in developing new environmentally-driven approaches to working with existing buildings.
Roy Coupland is Part 0 Coordinator at the LSA and runs the Part 0 National Saturday Club programme with Yang Yang Chen.
Ruth LangDr Ruth Lang is an architect, curator, and writer, whose work explores how the processes of contemporary architectural practice can better respond to the Climate Emergency. This research led to the publication of “Building for Change: the Architecture of Creative Reuse” with gestalten. She has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Jerwood Gallery, and is currently a research fellow for the Future Observatory at the Design Museum.
Ruth is the Critical Practice Module Leader at the LSA.
Samantha Hardingham is an independent designer, writer, and scholar with a breadth of experience across architecture and design including management, teaching and entrepreneurial projects. She studied at the Architectural Association from 1987-93 and later led a design unit for ten years (2008-2018) with Archigram member David Greene and artist John Walter. Her first book London: a guide to recent architecture launched the highly acclaimed ellipsis pocket guide book series in 1993. More recently she authored the two-volume Cedric Price Works 1952 – 2003: a forward-minded retrospective (AA/CCA, 2016) – the culmination a ten-year research project during which she held posts as senior research fellow at the University of Westminster and visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.
Early in her career Samantha co-founded Crowbar Coffee, a string of pioneering coffee bars in Clerkenwell, East London that triggered a number of key regeneration projects in that area, the effects of which can be experienced in the city today. Samantha is associate creative director of Theseus Agency and combines writing and design practice with a particular interest in experiential event-spaces.
Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows
Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows is a chartered architect, architectural design tutor (lecturer) and an architectural design researcher. Tumpa has completed her architectural education at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She has taught at a number of schools of architecture. Prior to co-founding the practice Our Building Design (in 2018), she has worked for a number of award winning practices in London for ten years. She is the founder of FAME collective, and the charity Mannan Foundation Trust. Since 2019, Tumpa has been appointed to be on the Design Review Panel for the Southwark Council Planning Department, which is an advisory role.
Tumpa utilises design practice to be an active agent of socio-spatial decolonisation for environmental, climate and spatial justice. She was named a RIBA-J Rising Star in 2017, she has been awarded the RIBA President’s Award for Research (commendation) in 2019, and she was also recognised as a RIBA BAME award winner in 2019. Tumpa’s work has also been recognised by international architectural awards Architecture Sans Frontieres Award and SEED/ Pacific Rim award.
Tumpa is a Second Year Design Tutor at the LSA.
Originally from Munich, Germany, Uli Kraeling MA (University of Cambridge) Dip Arch (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art) is an architect and designer based in London, UK. Uli has over 12 years’ experience working in award-winning design-led architecture offices – mainly in the UK
Yang Yang Chen
Yang Yang studied at Mcgill University in Montreal, the Architectural Association and the University of Cambridge. She is a qualified architect currently working for Witherford Watson Mann and has previously worked for Niall Mclaughlin Architects and Bjarke Ingels Group in New York City. Yang Yang is a co-founder of S.o.U.P, a collaboration focused on exploring new methodologies of shaping the built environment through community engagement. Yang Yang is also actively engaged in developing new environmentally-driven approaches to working with existing buildings.
Yang Yang runs the Part 0 National Saturday Club programme at the LSA with Roy Coupland.