TS&JT Architecture & Design

Teaching Overview

Both partners teach a postgraduate design unit at Kingston School of Architecture. This academic environment provides opportunities for reflection and intellectual rigour, which in turn informs our practice.

Timothy combines his role in the practice with that of Course Director of the BA (Hons) Architecture course at Kingston.

Both partners have been guest critics at Cambridge University, Edinburgh College of Art and ETH Zürich. Timothy has previously taught at London Metropolitan University and Jonathan at Edinburgh College of Art.

MArch Unit 6 14/15

Order

The heterogeneous nature of the City of London at the beginning of the 21st Century presents a challenge to those with the responsibility for shaping its built environment.  The number of tall buildings recently completed, or nearing completion – the result of decisions made by planners and architects over the last decade or so – are now being energetically discussed by critics.  Organisations such as The Prince’s Foundation and the AJ / Observer Skyline Campaign are making the case for improved quality in new buildings in London, but recognise different approaches to scale and volume in order to achieve the required development densities.  UNESCO is reconsidering the formal heritage status of parts of central London owing to the construction of tall buildings in and around the City.

The legacy of the Twentieth Century is a cacophony of architectural attitudes exhibited in an incoherent skyline and streetscape.  New architecture lacks order, or as defined by Tzonis and Lefaivre drawing on Aristotle’s Poetics - taxis. To paraphrase Tzonis and Lefaivre, taxis divides a building into parts and fits into the resulting partitions the architectural elements, producing a coherent work.

Unit Six will engaged with the notion of classical order – taxis – as a generative and structuring medium for a new building for a City institution.  In addition to architectural and urban order, the unit critically considered notions of heritage as well as what might be termed cultural order.  The City of London’s heritage is part of what has sustained its success for centuries, and it contains exceptional buildings from all periods, but it is also the heritage embodied in its institutions, which created and maintains the life of the city. The livery companies, banks, traders and guardians of the City comprise its order as much as its good buildings and network of ancient streets and alleys.

The Unit visited Berlin to look at the buildings of Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Vienna to look at works by Adolf Loös.

  • Joe Manuel, facade detail.

  • Joe Manuel, livery hall interior.

  • Joe Manuel, facade development.

  • Joe Manuel, ground floor plan.

  • Joe Manuel, upper floor plan.

  • William Creech, view of proposal in context.

  • William Creech, elevation.

  • William Creech, ground floor plan.

  • William Creech, arcade.