Samantha Hardingham

Academic Director

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.