Both partners have taught as design tutors and critics at UK Schools of Architecture. These academic environments provide opportunities for reflection and intellectual rigour, which in turn informs our practice.
We currently run an undergraduate studio at Kingston University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. Timothy has previously taught at London Metropolitan University and Jonathan at Edinburgh College of Art.
Studio 2.4 have been looking at the making of a public room in the city. Case studies and walks in London and Berlin have informed two projects; first the re-making of an existing public room, and second, the making of a new space of public meeting in Croydon.
As the residential density of central Croydon increases, the demand for places of public meeting will increase. In urban terms, the Community Room will be analogous to the older buildings of Croydon, such as the Quaker Adult School Hall and the Whitgift Almshouses; places of architectural character adding interest and decorum to an otherwise bland townscape.
We are less concerned with a specific programme for the Community Room, than we are with the typological idea of the building, which could be exemplified by the various churches, community centres, galleries or pubs that we have visited during the year. However, the constant demand is that it provides an elegant surrounding for public gathering, and celebrates the importance of communion within the townscape.