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.

The partners have been guest critics at Yale School of Architecture, 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 18/19

Translation

All architecture is perhaps, an act of translation: of familiar forms, and half-remembered precedents, of technical, tectonic and often financial constraints, and of course architectural fashion, adapted, negotiated and wrestled into being in the service of the building’s programme, to produce a new building – a physical and artistic entity not precisely like any previous building, but displaying the imprint of all the influences that have bought it into being.

In some ways, perhaps, classical architecture makes this act of translation more visible with the familiar forms of the orders and the classical way of ordering a building establishing a physical and theoretical structure within and against which all the other forces that are present during the development of a building design must act.  Inevitably, this physical and theoretical structure will adapt too during the process – it will have been translated from a perhaps ideal state into one that accommodates and responds to all the contingencies of its creation; although all the defining attributes of a classical building will still be present:  balance, proportion, order, hierarchy.  It seems to us that the creative friction of this translation – from canonical archetype to particular built instance might offer fertile grounds for exploration.

Siting our project in Sicily we were presented with several thousand years of architectural translation developed as succeeding cultures have made the island their own, each importing its own architecture and adapting it to its new location and climate, and we used these and other precedents to exploit the expressive power of the classical language to design characterful and individual rooms for eating in; each one highly attuned to the specific atmosphere required for that particular type of dining.

  • Michail Sarafidis

  • Maria Kuosmanen

  • Maria Kuosmanen

  • Maria Kuosmanen

  • Anthony Fitheoglou

  • Marwa Al-Khudairy

  • Marwa Al-Khudairy

  • Greg Oleniaz

  • Greg Oleniaz

  • Ortygia, Syracuse