TS&JT Architecture & Design

Teaching Overview

Both partners teach a postgraduate design unit at Kingston School of Architecture, and on the Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture in Sweden. These academic environments provide opportunities for reflection and intellectual rigour, which in turn informs our practice. In 2021 they won the RIBA Traditional Architecture Groups Achievement Award in recognition of their teaching work.

They taught the William H. Harrison visiting design studio at the University of Miami School of Architecture Spring 2021.

Timothy combines his role in the practice with that of Course Director of the MArch (RIBA 2) Architecture course at Kingston.

The partners have been guest critics at University of Notre Dame, USA, University of Miami, USA, Yale School of Architecture, USA, Cambridge University, Edinburgh College of Art, TU Munich and ETH Zürich. Timothy has previously taught at London Metropolitan University and Jonathan at Edinburgh College of Art.

MArch Unit 6 16/17


Architecture arouses moods in people, so the task of the architect is to give these moods concrete expression.
Adolf Loos.

A classical building is a world within the world. It is not meekly contextual but a statement of ideals. When these ideals face inevitable constraints surprising and delightful spaces result.  A classical building is a descendant of a very broad family encompassing an enormous range of buildings: from small to very large; modest to opulent; old to new; and from serious to playful.

We spent a week in Rome where we explored the classical language from 70AD until the early twentieth century.  We carried out a study of Piazza Augusto Imperatore, which surrounds the Emperor Augustus’s tomb and was was built in the 1930s by a little known architect called Morpurgo.  We studied Morpurgo’s building in great detail and at various scales, and participated in an evening salon with students of the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Studies Programme.

We investigated the means by which a contemporary facade might have a monumental expression; an overall order within which relief is used to adapt its nature to circumstances of scale and proximity.  The design project was a large building in central London, focussing intensively on the facade and its relationship to an interior room for eating and drinking in; a pub or dining room (offering temporal and bodily relief!)

Our investigations were intensively tectonic and necessarily deeply engaged with the nature and qualities of construction materials.  We continued Unit 6’s exploration of colour, surface and lettering. We are interested in spaces of comfort, delight and festivity. The buildings make the external fabric of the city, and offer an internal world of public festivity.

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