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.

Timothy combines his role in the practice with that of Course Director of the MArch (RIBA 2) 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 17/18

Greek Revival

In the 18th and 19th centuries the archaeological exploration and accurate recording of the built remains of ancient Greece provided the source material and impetus for a new interest in the architecture of classical Greece.  Paradoxically, perhaps, while the Greek Revival in Architecture began as a movement concerned with the correct and scholarly recreation of ancient forms and motifs, the exigencies of applying this language in a time, place, climate and culture different from that in which it was created necessarily provoked ingenious and creative adaptation to all of these things.

As part of the wider neoclassical architectural movement, and in the hands of some of the best architects of the period, including Soane, Smirke, Cockerell, Wyatt, Nash, Adam, Hamilton, Playfair, and H&H Inwood, the Greek Revival produced some of the most remarkable buildings constructed in the United Kingdom. In Scotland, where the Greek Revival was taken up with great enthusiasm, Alexander “Greek” Thomson developed a unique architectural language. It seemed appropriate, in this bicentenary year of Greek Thomson’s birth, to re-engage with Greek architecture and we travelled to Greece and Scotland to learn from exemplary ancient and revival architecture and to study the site of Inverness where we designed housing projects.

Initially each student chose a fragment of a neo-classical building to survey and research, learning the grammar of its constituent parts and how to draw it correctly, enabling them to fabricate a full-scale model. The resulting family of models formed the basis of an exhibition, displayed at Kingston School of Art (March 2018), Central London (June 2018) and Greenwich (October 2018) that increased the awareness of the delicate but continuing thread of classical architectural education in the UK.

Students continued through the year to develop a critical approach to the physical presence of the building and its parts - its incipient tectonic - how the base of a building meets the ground or offers a moment of public amenity and delight, for instance, or how the depth and scale of the facade mediates between interior and city. We explored the potential of classical architecture to operate on an emotional level through the relevant use of language and the erudite disposition of familiar elements to design buildings that represent ideas about society, privacy, cities and landscape.

  • Marwa Al-Khudairy - Apartment View

  • Puisan Lee - Axonometric View

  • Marwa Al-Khudairy - Proposed Massing Model

  • Marwa Al-Khudairy - Proposed Ground Floor Plan

  • Marwa Al-Khudairy - Proposed First Floor Plan

  • Unit 6 - Fragment Exhibition

  • Michail Sarafides - Proposed Plans

  • Puisan Lee - Sectional Perspective of Proposed Site

  • Unit 6 - Fragment Exhibition

  • Michail Sarafidis - Proposed Tower Elevations

  • Michail Sarafides - Proposed Housing, Typical Plans

  • Michail Sarafidis - Proposed Housing, Typical Section and Elevation

  • Marwa Al-Khudairy - View of Proposed Housing

  • Marwa Al-Khudairy - Proposed Entrance Sequence Interior

  • Michail Sarafidis - Proposed External Views