TS&JT Architecture & Design

Teaching Overview

Both partners teach a postgraduate design unit at Kingston School of Architecture. This academic environment provides 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 BA (Hons) 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.

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Palladian Revival

Classical architecture and urbanism is very often Unesco accredited and the link between Unesco and built heritage is self-evident. However, the accreditation can be stifling to the development of those sites. A paradox often arises whereby planning authorities will not allow precisely the typologies which create the conditions for which historic parts of the city or landscape are admired. We find the question of how to build a genuinely complimentary neighbour compelling.

We will study the Palladian Revival of the Eighteenth century when rules of proportion and composition were set out in pattern-books. We will make comparative studies of Palladio’s buildings to demonstrate that proportion has as much to do with an association of form, shape, size and scale for the function as the mathematical ratios of the 5 orders. Copped Hall in Essex is a ruined Palladian mansion from 1759 that we will survey; it will then form the site of your architectural proposals.

For 2000 years the Classical language has been adapted to suit climates, functions, tectonics, and political and religious requirements with great ingenuity. We will visit Vicenza where we will examine Classical buildings responding in their design to particular contextual circumstances.

The main project of the year will be a new Palladian mansion for the Landscape Trust. Your work will take many different expressions, from the basic to the elaborate, but rather than being simply a nod towards proportional systems, they will be ‘properly’ Classical

Classicism is not a straightforward set of rules, but at it does take as it’s starting point the application of the 5 orders of architecture as its decorative elements. This definition is rather skin deep; a more elusive definition must recognise the demonstrative harmony of parts towards which Classical architecture aims.

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