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 20/21

Tradition

Architecture has long been obsessed with being seen as a representation of technological and social ‘newness’ – a concept that is often elided with progress.  If one of the criteria for cultural, social and artistic value in architecture is that it represents an idea of newness, then it follows that as newness diminishes, (buildings get old and technology moves on) then so does value.  As architecture is an expensive, practical and ideally long-lasting art, this seems inappropriate. Equally, ‘traditional’ architecture is often viewed as a nostalgic exercise, looking back sentimentally to an over-idealised past.  However, viewed as a distillation of years of experience of what is beautiful, useful and lasting, traditions can be a richly provocative point of departure for contemporary architectural practice. 

In our teaching and our practice we investigate classicism and its potential as a living language of architecture. We teach students the classical orders; their proportions, the elements from which they’re assembled and how they are applied to the composition of buildings. Classical architecture is a tradition with very deep and broad roots, which has absorbed and responded to other traditions, those of construction, society and politics. We are attracted to architecture which combines strength of character with openness of interpretation and it seems to us that this might be a definition of tradition.

Students designed a group of buildings of varying classical natures in a landscape, from the utilitarian to the decorous and hospitable, which support traditional agricultural production: a winery in rolling landscape not far from Kingston. The Unit hosted conversations on the subject of tradition with invited guests. It looked in depth at traditional means of construction. It encouraged diverse contributions and interpretations from students.

Students learnt tangible architectural skills and techniques which they situated within traditions of their own devising.

  • Jai Heming.

  • Jai Heming.

  • Jai Heming.

  • Jai Heming.

  • Jai Heming.

  • Mungo Adam-Smith.

  • Mungo Adam-Smith.

  • Lauren Drummond.

  • Lauren Drummond.

  • Michael Mee.