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  1. 13.02.2017

    David Hills Speaking at the Drivers of Distinctiveness Conference

    Drivers of Distinctiveness: Maximising the Heritage and Culture Potential of Place 
    23 February 2017, 9am to 1pm 
    Commissioner's House, The Historic Dockyard 
    Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ 

    DSDHA Director David Hills will speak at Drivers of Distinctiveness, a conference organised by Kent University and exploring the role of design in place-making. How can historical and cultural assets be managed and sustained through creative re-use? What is the role of designers in heritage and culture-led re-presentation of places? What new forms of collaboration can maximise the potential of historic and cultural places? These are some of the questions this conference aims to explore.

    Tickets can be booked online here
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  2. 02.02.2017

    The South Molton Street Building shortlisted for the People's Choice Award

    The South Molton Street Building has just been shortlisted for the People's Choice Architecture Award: a new initiative by Westminster Council to promote the central London borough’s vision for its built environment. 

    Westminster residents picked their favourite Westminster buildings from a shortlist, narrowed down by a panel of local councillors and outside experts. This new award – the first of its kind in London – is part of a broader campaign to engage the public in a debate about architecture.
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  3. 31.01.2017

    Deborah Saunt Takes Part to London's Roundtable on "The Quito Papers"

    Deborah Saunt joins Ricky Burdett, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett – authors of “The Quito Papers” – and a panel of urbanists, artists and academics at the LSE to debate and interrogate the ideas presented in the Papers and to ask their significance to a London context. 

    The “The Quito Papers” is a research collaboration between Theatrum Mundi, NYU and UN-Habitat, developed in the run-up to the United Nations Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. This is the second in a series of events debating "The Quito Papers" in Paris, London, Beijing and New York – with other cities to be announced in early 2017.
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  4. 23.01.2017

    Deborah Saunt Visiting Professor at the University of Navarra, Spain

    Working with the overall theme of Cultural Infrastructure, Deborah's Studio is focusing on the design proposal for a new "House of European Art" in London – a new type of art gallery, where EU member states can continue to promote European culture in post-Brexit U.K. 

    The site is in Vauxhall, close to many new developments, and also near the new American, Chinese, Dutch and Belgian Embassies. There are plans to change Vauxhall’s transport interchange where railway, underground, bus routes link with vehicular and pedestrian journeys and a new urban centre is envisaged. Cultural Infrastructure is therefore critical to Vauxhall's future identity, particularly as the public and the private in our cities increasingly blur. 

    The students will design spatial counter-proposals to the current drift towards the private and the hidden and ask what will be the common cultural and public spaces of the future.
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  5. 14.12.2016

    DSDHA's Xmas Celebrations: Visit at Alex Monroe's New Workshop

    As part of this year's Xmas celebrations, DSDHA's team visited our new Workshop for renowned jeweller Alex Monroe. 

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  6. 14.12.2016

    Public Realm and Design expert Deborah Saunt joins the Independent Transport Commission (ITC)

    DSDHA Director Deborah Saunt joins the ITC’s distinguished pool of members, bringing her extensive expertise in relation to architecture and urban design. Deborah will work with the Commission to evaluate the opportunities and urban consequences of major transport strategies and emerging technologies, particularly focusing on their impact on human perception and mobility. 

    The ITC is Britain's leading ‘think tank’ investigating strategic infrastructure development and committed to improving policy on transport and land use across the UK. The charity explores the long-term effects of current policy, considers new approaches and makes recommendations on the way forward. The latest reports issued by the Commission have focused on changing travel trends, key issues around devolution in England, the impacts of High-Speed Rail on cities and regions, and the sustainability of aviation. Please visit www.theitc.org.uk to read more about the ITC’s research and events.
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  7. 03.12.2016

    Roberta Talks at the RCA about DSDHA's Grounded Research Agenda

    Inside/Out: Talks on the Built Environment 
    Royal College of Art  
    Interior Design. School of Architecture 
    Kensington Gore SW7 2EU 
    Tuesday 6 December, 6.30pm 

    In this lecture Roberta will unpack the complex nature of the relationship between architecture, buildings and photography, to then introduce the way in which DSDHA, as research-oriented architects, experiment with the photographic medium; treating it as a design tool rather than simply fixing on glossy images the final outcomes of our endeavours.
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  8. 01.12.2016

    Covert House Shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2016

    Today two more shortlisted homes, including our Covert House in South London, were revealed at the end of a special edition of Grand Designs.

    The overall winner is set to be announced on the Channel 4 programme on 15 December.

    The RIBA House of the Year is awarded to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. The award, sponsored by Hiscox Home Insurance and Paint & Paper Library, replaces the previous title ‘RIBA Manser Medal’ which was created in 2001 to celebrate excellence in housing design.
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  9. 25.11.2016

    Architecture Must Never Stand Still: ADAPT-r Keynote Lecture by Deborah Saunt

    ADAPT-r Keynote Opening Lecture
    (Introduction by Prof Richard Blythe)
    University of Westminster 
    Hogg Lecture Theatre 
    35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS  
    Friday 25 November 2016 
    18:30 – 20:30 

    Deborah Saunt’s PhD, completed as part of the RMIT Practice Research programme, revealed a life-long determination to encourage access to architecture, as well as an overarching search for new forms of beauty, grounded in a tradition of creating socially-minded architecture. 

    DSDHA's structured yet dynamic process, based on workshops and using grounded research as a driver, allows the practice to “insert itself” into each project to actively design within the given constraints, whilst also going beyond the brief for the purpose of maximising impact for all. 

    Deborah's lecture will demonstrate how this attitude manifests itself across all of her work, both within academia and in her studio. Click here to reserve a place.
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  10. 23.11.2016

    Deborah Saunt's PhD Research on Show at ADAPT-r Exhibition

    ADAPT-r
    Ambika P3, University of Westminster
    35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
    26 November – 18 December 2016
    Daily 10.00-18.00
     Admission Free

    The works of DSDHA Director Saunt – completed as part of the RMIT Practice Research programme – is on show at Ambika P3, on the occasion of ADAPT-r: a major exhibition that explores the research processes of working artists, architects and designers, revealing the diverse approaches to how they do what they do.

    Curated by Katharine Heron, Director, Ambika P3, this challenging exhibition is the conclusion of a four-year international research initiative, funded by a major EU grant, and aims to provide rare insights through an extraordinary range of 35 creative practitioners from around the globe. Click here to read more about the show.
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  11. 15.11.2016

    DSDHA at WAF 2016

    World Architecture Festival 
    16-18 November 2016 
    Arena Berlin, Germany 

    Directors Deborah Saunt and David Hills are on their way to Berlin to attend WAF. Deborah will be a judge for the Festival, while David will deliver live crit presentations for two of our shortlisted projects – Corner House and Davenies School.
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  12. 09.11.2016

    We are Hot! DSDHA is in Dezeen Hot List

    DSDHA features on Dezeen Hot List, an index of the 400 hottest architects, designers, brands, events and more over the past year. The list is entirely based on data from Dezeen's readers.
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  13. 07.11.2016

    David Hills Speaking at Guerrilla Tactics 2016: Business Models with the Power to Change Practice

    Tuesday 8 November 2016 
    9.00am - 5.00pm 
    Royal Institute of British Architects 
    66 Portland Place W1B 1NR 

    Is the established way of a practice earning revenue – in which a fee or percentage of construction costs is paid in exchange for a bespoke design solution to the client – still the best and only way of doing business? Should we be engaging with different types of clients and providing a more diverse range of services? Should we also be creating innovative products and even seeking out an alternative client base? 

    As part of the mentoring event organised by the RIBA, DSDHA's Director David Hills will try and answer some of these questions. He will offer his insight into the potential that business models have to dynamically transform practice. 

    Book tickets or find out more about the event here.
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  14. 31.10.2016

    Roberta Marcaccio to speak at Inter=Photography and Architecture Conference in Pamplona

    Museo Universidad de Navarra 
    Pamplona, Spain 
    2-4 November 2016 

    Speaking at the International Conference Inter=Photography and Architecture this week, Roberta will first unpack the complex nature of the relationship between architecture, buildings and photography, to then introduce the way in which DSDHA, as research-oriented architects, experiment with the photographic medium; treating it as a design tool, rather than simply fixing on glossy images the final outcomes of our endeavours. 

    She will focus on DSDHA’s techniques of ‘grounded research’, which use photography as their starting point to investigate our sites and identify the latent concerns, aspirations and trends of the many individuals which inhabit them – all aspects that often remain hidden to the generic gaze of statistics and evade the canonical artifact-focused photographic representations of architecture. The images DSDHA manufacture by means of these techniques are our starting point to map what we call ‘personal landscapes’, and understand how individual narratives relate to the urban morphology as well as to the history of a place. It is from this vantage point that we then proceed to speculate on future scenarios.
    Tags: photography research grounded research theory
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  15. 31.10.2016

    DSDHA's Project for Davenies Schools Showcased at MoA's Exhibition Well Built

    Well Built: Designing for Health and Wellbeing ​in Architecture 
    1 November – 29 November 2016 ​
    Opening hours: 10am - 7pm 10 
    Thurloe Place, South Kensington, SW7 2RZ 
    This exhibition is FREE to attend 

    This week, the Museum of Architecture launches Well Built, featuring our award-winning project for Davenies School in Beaconsfield. The exhibition traces new ways of thinking about health and wellbeing beyond the design of traditional therapeutic environments towards a more integrated approach that includes everyday spaces. 

    The exhibition is divided into five different sections, each of which examines a specific building typology – hospitals and health centres, housing, workplaces, schools and public spaces. Demonstrating the enduring historical relationship between health and the city, Well Built points to the urgent need in reshaping our assumptions about health, place and space.
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  16. 28.10.2016

    Cycopaths: The Future of Urban Mobility

    Royal College of Art
    Monday 31 Oct to Friday 4 Nov

    As recipients of the 2016 Fellowship in the Built Environment awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 – DSDHA's Ellen, Tom, Astrid and Roberta will be running a workshop at the RCA to map the beautiful everyday journeys across London.  

    Taking the bicycle as a primary vehicle for investigation, their workshop will consider alternatives to the narrative of ‘speed/efficiency’ that is currently regulating London’s transport system, and deeply investigate how the way we move affects our experience of space. To this end, with the students, they will map the visual, psychological and sensorial experience of London’s cyclists, analysing their movement in relationship with notions of ‘beauty’ and ‘pleasure’. 

    The research methodology will draw inspiration from previous experiments carried out in the 70s, which analysed the impact of the altered perception of space allowed by the car on the perception and production of architecture.
    Tags: cycling transport
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  17. 20.10.2016

    Corner House and the West End Project shortlisted for the London Planning Awards

    Our beautiful Corner House in Fitzrovia and Camden's West End Project have both made it to the shortlist for the London Planning Awards 2016/2017. They will compete to be nominated 'best new place to live' and 'Best Conceptual Project’ respectively. 

    The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony in City Hall on Monday 27 February 2017.
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  18. 19.10.2016

    DSDHA's entrance to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens is a PokeStop

    DSDHA's sculptural entrance to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens has been made a PokeStop: a location marked in the augmented reality video game PokemonGo as a place that allows you to collect items such as eggs and more Poke Balls to capture more Pokemons. Good hunting!
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  19. 18.10.2016

    The USA's Architectural Record reports on DSDHA's "richly rigorous" Corner House

    In an article titled Welcome to My House: Multifamily Housing John King says that “it is exciting, despite all the bureaucratic and corporate obstacles, to see architects striving to produce innovative and urbanistically appropriate living options across the social, cultural, and economic spectrums. This can mean the addition of new housing in historic districts, such as the richly rigorous Corner House by DSDHA in London."
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  20. 12.10.2016

    Join DSDHA

    Are you interested in working at DSDHA? 
     
    We are currently looking for talented and experienced architects to join our team and work on a range of exciting new architectural and public realm projects. 

    For more information please contact careers@dsdha.co.uk.
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  21. 06.10.2016

    Deborah Saunt and David Hills named in The ES’ Progress 1000

    Our Directors have been named by the Evening Standard among London’s most influential people of 2016: "The team have attracted much attention in the capital for their striking 'Flatiron' building in South Molton Street, a studio for artist Edmund de Waal and their own sunken house in Clapham. Next up is the £32 million project for new landscaping around Centre Point and the surrounding streets, to be completed in 2018."
    Tags: Evening Standard South Molton Street West End edmund de waal
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  22. 06.10.2016

    Ellen Hadden speaking at the National Urban Design Conference 2016

    Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October 
    VSC Conference Centre 
    63-79 Seymour Street 
     London W2 2HF 

    Speaking at 'Learning From London' – the second session of this year's Urban Design Conference – Senior Associate Ellen Hadden will present the most recent developments of our study on cycling in London. 

    As recipients of the 2016 Fellowship in the Built Environment, awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, DSDHA are currently exploring the notion of 'The Beautiful Everyday Journey’, with the aim to make cycling in our city a more pleasurable, exciting and accessible mode of transport.

    learn more about the conference here
    Tags: cycling transport research
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  23. 27.09.2016

    Deborah Saunt Appointed as Juror for the AJ/Crown Estate Future Office Competition

    DSDHA director Deborah Saunt, will act as a judge for the AJ/Crown Estate Future Office competition, which aims to find innovative ideas for the office of the future.

    Deborah will be joined by the Crown Estate’s James Cooksey and Jon Allgood, Despina Katsikakis of workplace consultant DELOS, and Nick Macrae of joint venture partner HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan). The jury will be chaired by AJ managing editor Will Hurst, and also includes AJ editorial director Paul Finch.

    The AJ/Crown Estate Future Office contest is open to all UK-based architects. It asks entrants to consider how inspiring and effective workplaces will operate from 2020 onwards, based on changing ways of living and working, new technology and other factors such as traffic congestion and the impact of climate change.
    Tags: offices
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  24. 20.09.2016

    How Smart is your Practice?

    Thursday 22 September 2016 
    10.00am - 7.00pm  
    Nottingham Conference Centre 
    Burton Street, Nottingham 

    Speaking at this year's RIBA Smart Practice Conference in Nottingham, Deborah Saunt will give key insights into DSDHA's approach to research, business-thinking and technology; explaining how these different elements have helped her propelling the practice forward, amidst a climate of uncertainty. 

    Please click here to read more about the Conference or book a place.
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  25. 14.09.2016

    Come Visit Us! This Week-end DSDHA Throws Opens the Doors for Open House

    Saturday 17 September 2016
    1.00 - 6.00pm 

    Regular Tours (first come basis)
    Max 20 per tour 

    Having joined forces with Open House London festival, this year DSDHA will throw open the doors to our quirky studio in Vauxhall. Converted from a Victorian perfume works, and set within an oasis-like urban yard, our building is accessed down a narrow alley next to a pub. 

    Do not miss the chance to poke around the drawings and project models that populate every space of our studio, and to hang out in our generous and homely kitchen, which is the very centre of DSDHA’s social life… even though it sometimes also migrates to the local pub next door!
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  26. 14.09.2016

    Deborah Saunt Speaking of Good Grief

    Good Grief
    The Architecture Foundation 
    Friday 16 September, 7pm 
    Highgate Cemetery 
    Buy tickets here

    This Friday Deborah will speak about today's rampant culture of memoralisation at Forget about it: an evening event exploring loss and rebirth in the heart of Highgate Cemetery. 

    As part of the Architecture Foundation’s Good Grief series, this debate asks whether a city can remember too much; trying to determine if we have effectively hit ‘peak memorial’, or if not when will we.
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  27. 12.09.2016

    Is London an Open City?

    Open House Week on Robert Elms Show
    BBC Radio London (94.9FM)
    13 September 2016
    11.35 to 11.55am

    As part of the 2016 Open House Programme, DSDHA Director Deborah Saunt will join Robert Elms on his BBC Show to discuss whether London is effectively an Open City, one fit for the demands of the 21st century and beyond. 

    At the time of the orchestrated decline of state-sponsored interventions, and the encouraged growth of private speculation, how do we ensure that all Londoners benefit, regardless of their wealth or status? And how do we keep our cities safe, without fencing ourselves in? 

    Deborah will give her perspective on these issues explaining how – in line with DSDHA's ethos that “the City is our Client" – all of our projects strive to make a positive contribution to their surroundings. She believes that the architect's role today is to “insert oneself” in a project to actively design within the given constraints, going beyond the brief and the rigid definition of a codified “profession” and in this way maximising impact for all – whether clients, ultimate users or passersby.
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  28. 03.08.2016

    How Does Research Feed Design?

    DSDHA’s Deborah Saunt takes a look around the Bartlett School of Architecture’s end-of-year show for the AJ and asks: 
    "Where was real life in all its guises?
    Where was architectural agency expressed – the idea that you ‘insert yourself’ into a project as an architect in practice, actively modifying reality within the given constraints, to go beyond the brief and the rigid definition of a codified ‘profession’?
    Where was the need to behave responsibly, to instil entrepreneurialism and an awareness of ethics? 
    Above all, where were the people?"
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  29. 12.07.2016

    Maeve, our Uber-inspired LSA student, featured on the RIBA Journal

    In an article for the RIBA Journal Hugh Pearman discusses 'SWARM: A new mode of practice for the sharing economy era' – the project developed by our Maeve and her colleagues as part of the LSA’s Design Think Tank modul. SWARM envisages a pro-active way of working, co-authoring designs for sites they find using technology familiar to us from Uber cabs and Airbnb. The SWARM app flags up sites and SWARM architects and planners jointly develop a scheme.

    Pearman says: "Their presentation was slick, convincing, witty [...] In summary, the SWARM septet rejects the present mode of practice and cheerfully waves goodbye to the RIBA institutional model in a tongue-in-cheek separation letter (‘It’s not that we don’t love you… we know we’ll keep learning from each other…honestly, it’s not you, it’s us’). But to me it seems that ideas such as theirs are very much the kind of thing that should interest the Institute."
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  30. 08.07.2016

    Corner House wins NLA award for Best Built Housing Scheme

    The annual awards is organised and hosted by New London Architecture to celebrate the best architecture and development recently completed or in design across the capital. From a shortlist of 136 projects, each scheme was selected by a prestigious international jury advised by London-based experts for having both the highest design quality and most positive social and economic impact for London.
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  31. 04.07.2016

    Davenies and Corner House finalists at the World Architecture Festival

    DSDHA's Davenies School and Corner House have made it to the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival 2016.
    The 343 strong shortlist includes projects from 58 countries across 32 categories. All finalists will go on to compete at the World Architecture Festival in November. Join us in Berlin!
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  32. 01.07.2016

    Unit 11: The CASS Summer Exhibitions 2016

    Friday 24 June – Thursday 7 July 

    DSDHA's students at The Cass School of Architecture, who have been researching London's Cultural Infrastructure have launched their end of the year exhibition at the Cass. Unit 11 has studied London’s cultural ecology, asking whether development can still coexist with creativity or if our Capital is handing over its role as a centre of cultural production to cities like Birmingham, Berlin or Brussels.
    Concentrating on the area of Vauxhall, we have developed strategies to counteract the generic character of the Global City which, expanding from Nine Elms, threatens the distinctive cultural specificity of this peculiar district.  

    Read more about DSDHA's Unit 11 here.
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  33. 23.06.2016

    Double win at the RIBA National Awards 2016 for DSDHA

    Fantastic News: our Corner House and Davenies School have both been awarded the 2016 RIBA National Award – the most rigorous and prestigious awards for new buildings in the UK. The projects are now being considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best building of the year. Stay tuned!
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  34. 21.06.2016

    CYCLOPATHS: Transport Tribes & Beautiful Everyday Journeys

    Date: 25 June 2016 
    Time: 5:00 to 7:30 PM 
    Gathering point: Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens’ entrance SE11 5HY 

    Love them or hate them, cyclists are changing London’s public space and the experience of moving through the city, and DSDHA are asking if this change is for the better. 
    Whether you are a committed cyclist or an absolute novice, come and have your say at CYCLOPATHS – our exciting urban treasure hunt on two wheels; where participants will compete to make the most beautiful journey through London, culminating in an urban picnic and ride-in cinema in Broadgate. 
    This LFA event is part of our 2-year Research Fellowship in the Built Environment, awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. As recipients of the 2016 Fellowship, DSDHA are exploring the notion of 'The Beautiful Everyday Journey’, with the aim to make cycling a more pleasurable, exciting and accessible mode of transport.
    Places are free, click here to register
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  35. 16.06.2016

    Building Healthy Communities: Schools and Education

    Museum of Architecture 
    Date: 20 June 2016 
    Time: 6:30PM 
    Location: The Building Centre, 26 Store St, London WC1E 7BT ​​

    ​DSDHA Director David Hills will be part of a panel discussing innovative education projects that seek to dissolve the gap between education and the environment, promoting an awareness of health and wellbeing at an early age. This is one in a series of Museum of Architecture's talks focusing on how creative thinking and innovative design in particular building typologies are contributing to collective health and wellbeing. 
    Book tickets here
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  36. 16.06.2016

    DSDHA's West End Project featured in Re/making The Street exhibition

    Date: 17 June - 29 July 2016
    Location: The Building Centre, 26 Store St, London WC1E 7BT ​​

    Re/making The Street looks at how urban streets are much more than just roads. They are remarkably individual, rich environments that make, shape and support communities and society.
    Curated by The Built Environment Trust and part of the 2016 London festival of Architecture, this exhibition features as its centrepiece an interactive installation that deconstructs the design and planning behind London's street as well as a video that illustrates DSDHA's urban strategy for the Tottenham Court Road area.
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  37. 24.05.2016

    Mimar Sinan Exhibition Opens at the Building Centre

    19 May to 10 June 2016
    The Building Centre
    26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT
    Entry is free

    DSDHA’s beautiful model and drawings of Mimar Sinan’s Istanbul townscape are on show in the first London exhibition dedicated to the Turkish master.

    Curated by former AJ editor Rory Olcayto, the show (and the recently published book Mimar Sinan: The First Starchitect) is the product of an 18-month mission to raise awareness of Sinan – who is less well-known than he should be in the UK, despite his historical significance as an influence on structures such as St Paul’s Cathedral and even on the work of modern masters, including Le Corbusier.

    Deborah Saunt and Ellen Hadden have led this research project for DSDHA; their work is featured in the exhibition along with that of other five UK-based architectural practices: Ian Ritchie Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Reiach and Hall Architects, Sam Jacob Studio, Bureau de Change.

    Read more about the exhibition here
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  38. 18.05.2016

    DSDHA-led OurVauxhall Campaign Challenges TfL’s Plans for Vauxhall Gyratory

    Following public consultation, TfL's planned changes for Vauxhall have been put on ice until summer. The decision follows a ground swell against TfL's proposal to demolish ARUP's iconic bus station and replace the gyratory with a 'safer' two-way flow of traffic. 


    OurVauxhall ­– an association of volunteers, led by DSDHA and comprising local residents, businesses, engineers and architects ­– has been challenging TfL's plans, and has devised an alternative proposal for this busy traffic interchange. 

    The ambitious, yet viable, scheme places people and sustainable travel at the fore. It promises to improve Vauxhall's public realm by creating two major new public spaces for central London which would connect Vauxhall Park with Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, extending the green route planned between Battersea and Nine Elms.
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  39. 17.05.2016

    Join DSDHA

    Are you interested in working at DSDHA? 

    We are currently looking for talented Part I, II, and III individuals to join our studio and work on a range of exciting new architectural and public realm projects. 

    For more information please contact careers@dsdha.co.uk.
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  40. 16.05.2016

    Blossom Street Project Update

    There has been positive news for our project at Blossom Street, a masterplan developed by DSDHA, AHMM, Duggan Morris Architects, and Stanton Williams, aimed at the revitalization of the site in Spitalfields, east London. Following a judicial review, the High Court has upheld the Mayor of London’s decision to take over the planning applications to redevelop the area, which he has subsequently approved.
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  41. 05.05.2016

    Triple Success for DSDHA’s Projects at the RIBA AWARDS 2016

    We are pleased to announce that three of our most recent projects have been awarded the prestigious RIBA Regional Award. These are:
    Corner House – our beautiful mixed-use brickwork building for Derwent London, defined by the judges as an "exemplary of how apparent ordinariness can be lifted to an enjoyable and delightful piece of townscape and equally a place to live in Central London." 
    Davenies School – our sensitive, yet "uncompromisingly contemporary" extension for this school in Beaconsfield: “a robust and joyful scheme which challenges the notion of what education buildings are and can be”. 
    Covert House – our experimental, semi-underground concrete cottage in South London, which offers a “brilliant response to planning issues, providing a model for sensitive densification, and achieving a very good-looking house.”
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  42. 03.05.2016

    Double nomination for Corner House

    DSDHA and Derwent London’s mixed-use new brickwork building in Fitzrovia has been shortlisted for the London RIBA awards 2016 as well as for the Housing Design Awards 2016

    Click here to learn more about the project.
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  43. 30.04.2016

    DSDHA’s Roberta Marcaccio Speaks at the SAH 2016 Annual Conference

    Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference
    Thursday 6 - Sunday 10 April 2016
    Pasadena Convention Center
    Los Angeles, CA 91101

    Earlier this month Roberta presented her research at the prestigious SAH Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Responding to the theme “Exhibitions as Models: theorizing architecture in the gallery space” her paper analysed Milan’s Museum of Ancient art at the Sforza Castle, looking at the way in which this permanent exhibition, designed by BBPR in 1956, acted as a medium to push forward a precise set of ideas about architecture and city making.

    The spatial experiments carried out within the Sforza Castle postulated a parallel between the museum and the urban fabric; inviting one to consider the city as a collection of architectural “pieces” in time; which demanded a careful restoration and curation on the part of the architect. In this sense the castle’s museum becomes the perfect setting to ‘present’  the particular idea of history that Ernesto N Rogers and the BBPR hoped to re-introduce within the discourse of the Modern Movement.
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  44. 29.04.2016

    Success for Davenies School: DSDHA’s latest educational project wins RIBA South Award 2016

    DSDHA’s design for a major redevelopment of Davenies School, builds on its holistic approach to learning, based on engaging the children with nature and maximising their connection to the world around them. 

    The RIBA judges defined DSDHA’s new intervention as “uncompromisingly contemporary without being harsh”, saying that its “change in materials references the old, breaks down the scale and mass of the new and helps the building to recede and the landscape to come forward.” 

    Davenies School, they added, “is a robust and joyful building which is at the same time calming and nurturing” and one that "challenges the notion of what education buildings are and can be, and which will stimulate the wider public to think about the power of architecture." 

    Click here to read the whole commentary

    Visit the project page here
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  45. 27.04.2016

    DSDHA Explores the World of Mimar Sinan

    'Sinan: the First Starchitect' Book Launch 
    The Royal Academy of Arts 
    Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD 

    Over the past few months we have been busy researching the work of Mimar Sinan (1489-1588), the distinguished Turkish Architect and Civil Engineer, whose designs span from elegant interiors through to mosque complexes and urban infrastructure. 

    Last November Turkishceramics and the Architects' Journal took DSDHA’s Deborah Saunt and Ellen Hadden on a research trip to Istanbul, along with a group of leading and emerging contemporary British architects as well as expert writers. The aim of the trip was to study Sinan's work and gather thoughts and material for the book 'Sinan: the First Starchitect’ – which will be launched this Thursday 28 April at the RA – and its related exhibition opening in May at the Building Centre in London. 

     Click here to learn more about the project.
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  46. 25.04.2016

    Design Research (in) Practice: DSDHA's Grounded Research Agenda

    DR_SoM: Design Research, Series on Method 
    Friday 22 April, 9.30am to 6.30pm
    New School of Architecture at Reading University
    Reading, UK

    Last week architect Nicola Ibbotson from DSDHA took part in the DR_SoM symposium focusing on Research Methods used by architectural practitioners. Building on her own work,Nicola's presentation focused on DSDHA's techniques of 'grounded research', allowing us to reveal concerns, aspirations and trends that often remain hidden to the generic gaze of statistics. 

    We embed ourselves in our projects to record people's existing movements and study the way they employ technology – particularly wearable and handheld devices – as a tool to navigate their surroundings as well as to record and share their personal experiences. Our aim is to map and establish how individual narratives collectively relate to broader urban morphologies and employ them to speculate on future scenarios within the settings we design. 
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  47. 02.03.2016

    Housing London: Visions for the Future

    Thursday 3 March, 6pm 
    Architectural Association (AA)
    Lecture Hall 
    36 Bedford Square WC1B 3ES 

    DSDHA Associate Director Tom Greenall will join David Cohen, Emily Gasson and Ed Watson, in a panel discussion chaired by Joanna Chambers to speculate on our visions for the future of housing in the Capital. 

    The series brings together architects, politicians, planners, developers and commentators to propose new inspiration for what housing in London could be like in the years to come. 

    Tom’s presentation will focus on spatial and policy paradigms that seek out new ways of coping with London’s current housing shortage.

    Click here for more information about the event
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  48. 01.02.2016

    Join DSDHA

    Are you interested in working at DSDHA and available right now? 

    We are currently looking for a talented Part I to join our studio and work on a range of exciting new architectural and public realm projects. 

    For more information please contact careers@dsdha.co.uk ASAP.
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  49. 25.01.2016

    Concrete Elegance: at Home with Concrete

    Tuesday 26 January 2016 
    6.30 – 8pm 
    The Building Centre 
    Store St
    London WC1E 7BT 

    DSDHA director David Hills and concrete expert Anthony Thresh from Whiterock Engineering will discuss the challenges of designing and building Covert House: a discreet and beautiful family home, set partially into the ground and entirely made of cast in situ concrete.

    Chaired by Elaine Toogood, the event will celebrate the use of concrete in domestic interiors, presenting, alongside Covert House, two other inspirational contemporary homes: Ingersoll Road, by McLaren Excell, discussed by Luke McLaren, and Studio Gil’s Concrete House, introduced by Pedro Gil and by Isaac Tucker from Solid State. 

    See full programme here.
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  50. 20.11.2015

    Freedom and Creativity Symposium

    Saturday 28 November 2015 
    11am – 6pm 
    Royal Academy of Arts 
    Burlington House 
    London W1J 0BD 
    Tickets: £24 / £12 (Adults / Concessions) 

    DSDHA will present their ongoing research on the relationship between risk and innovation in architecture at the one-day symposium 'Freedom and Creativity' organised by the Royal Academy of Arts.

    Focusing on how architecture is practiced, Director Deborah Saunt will explore the troubled nexus between the architectural necessity of risk-taking and a building environment predicated on the minimisation of risk; she will demonstrate how risk aversion challenges the core ambition for innovation in the discipline, and will speculate on possible new routes and alternatives. 

    See full programme here.
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  51. 18.11.2015

    The Mansion on Marylebone Lane is Starting on Site

    Designed using analytical diagrams, 3D modelling and kinetic movement drawings, DSDHA’s proposal for this new residential block on Marylebone Lane sensitively relates to, and even amplifies, the qualities of its historic and urban setting, which is close to Grade I Listed Stratford House. 

    A bespoke range of ceramic profiles is being developed that will feature a series of subtly toned, self-coloured terracotta, echoing the architectural characteristics of Marylebone.

    Read more about the project here.
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  52. 16.11.2015

    DSDHA + London’s Newest Architecture School

    DSDHA are proud to be part of London’s newest architectural school The London School of Architecture (LSA). The school is founded on a newly established pedagogical network that offers an alternative route through the profession while providing an answer to the crisis affecting British education: expensive and out of touch with the realities of working in a practice, as well as with the urgencies of the world outside of the academy. 

    As one of the LSA's founding team, Deborah Saunt (DSDHA Director) is the Inter-Practice Director, questioning how design research can be a critical component of innovative practice and agency within architecture. 

    Read more about the LSA here.
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  53. 12.11.2015

    Neal Street Wins Planning Permission

    DSDHA’s ‘jewel-like’ proposal for the refurbishment of a poor quality warehouse set within Seven Dials has just won planning permission and Conservation Area consent. 

    The project aims to set a new benchmark for the sustainable adaptation of historic buildings, as it creates contemporary spaces behind a refined brick envelope that resonates with the unique characteristics of Covent Garden. A new lightweight pavilion, clad with precious hand crafted metal shingle tiles, offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the local roof mansard typology.


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  54. 10.11.2015

    My House My Practice

    Thursday 12 November 2015
    6.30pm
    The Twentieth Century Society  
    Tickets: £8 / £10 / £5 (Members / Non-Members / Students) 

    ‘My House My Practice’ lecture series invites a number of distinguished architects – among which Sarah Wigglesworth, Richard Burton, Bill Dunster and Richard Murphy – to discuss houses they designed for themselves. Often acting as a manifesto as well as a home, the case studies presented convey as much about the individuals as their architectural practices. 

    Deborah Saunt will present Covert House – DSDHA's recently completed experimental house in Clapham Old Town, which offers a template for much needed urban densification.
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  55. 04.11.2015

    Guerrilla Tactics 2015: Client Perspectives

    Tuesday 10 November 2015
    9.00am - 5.00pm
    Royal Institute of British Architects 

    Deborah Saunt of DSDHA will offer her insight into understanding the client’s perspective on making architecture as part of the mentoring event organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). This two-day conference will reenergise small and medium sized practices to engage with the particular needs and wants of today’s diverse clients. 

    Book tickets or find out more about the event here.
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  56. 03.11.2015

    DSDHA Monday Lunches

    We love the fact that our new studio in Vauxhall has a large kitchen! It is the centre of DSDHA’s social life (which sometimes also migrates to the pub next door) and every Monday our team take turns cooking for each other. We are tweeting our recipes regularly, so do not miss out on DSDHA's cooking tips!
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  57. 02.11.2015

    Cultural Infrastructure: A Talk by Rory Hyde

    Rory Hyde, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum, joined us at DSDHA to discuss his recent exhibition ‘All of This Belongs to You’ and to speculate on the role of cultural institutions within our contemporary urban realities. The event is part of a series of talks organised in conjunction with DSDHA’s postgraduate research unit at Cass. This year the course seeks to challenge and define London's cultural infrastructure – the spaces and networks that allow the arts to be produced and disseminated within our cities. 

    Read More about DSDHA’s Unit 11 here.
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  58. 23.10.2015

    DSDHA Out and About: Corner House

    As part of our monthly Out and About, where we explore new architecture together, the whole team at DSDHA headed to Fitzrovia to visit Corner House: a beautiful six-storey mixed use city building that we have just completed for Derwent London. Corner House comprises one commercial, nine private and two affordable residential units. As good neighbour it engages in an active dialogue with its immediate context, from its well-mannered, highly articulated elevations to its crystalline rooftop pavilions that bring delight to the city skyline.
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  59. 15.10.2015

    Home Works Lecture Series: Between Intimacy and Infrastructure

    Tuesday 27 October 2015
    6.30 - 7.30pm 
    The Cass School of Architecture 

    As Unit Leaders at The Cass School of Architecture, DSDHA Directors Deborah Saunt and David Hills will reflect on their research both within teaching and practice, which has always spanned extraordinary scales between intimacy and infrastructure. They will ask how this has informed recent projects from their designs for bespoke individual buildings, like Davenies School in Beaconsfield and Corner House for Derwent London in Fitzrovia, through to macro-scaled urban strategies such as the redevelopment of the area surrounding the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial and their emerging masterplan for Central Somers Town. 

    Read more here.
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  60. 14.10.2015

    London School of Architecture Show & Tell: Crafting the City

    Tuesday 20 October 2015
    7.00 - 8.30pm 
    Design Museum 
    Tickets £12 / £9 / £6 (Adult / Students / Members) 

    The London School of Architecture (LSA) kicks off its inaugural lecture programme where leading figures in Design reveal the research and methodologies that underscore their work. This October, Architect and Urbanist Deborah Saunt (Founding Partner of DSDHA) and Planner David West (Founding Partner of Studio Egret West) discuss the crafting of cities. 

    Deborah is also Inter-Practice Director of the LSA focusing on bringing architectural education to a broader audience and bridging theory and practice. 

    Read more about the event here and about the LSA here.
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  61. 30.09.2015

    DSDHA Featured in London Burning

    London Burning portraits the city’s most important contributors to creativity and innovation. It introduces a broad spectrum of people in the public eye and behind the scenes, among them Nicholas Serota; Antony Gormley; Gilbert & George; Alan Yentob; Guy Ritchie; Matthew Slotover; Alexandra Shulman; Jackie Wullschlager; Grayson Perry; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Edmund de Waal as well as DSDHA.
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  62. 07.09.2015

    Open House London: Come Visit DSDHA's New Studio

    Saturday 19 September 2015
    1.00 - 5.00pm 

    Regular Tours (first come basis)
    Max 20 per tour 

    Having joined forces with Open House London festival, this year DSDHA will throw open the doors to our quirky new studio in Vauxhall. Converted from a Victorian perfume works, and set within an oasis-like urban yard, filed with planters and building samples, our building is accessed down a narrow alley next to a pub. Do not miss the chance to poke around the drawings and project models that populate every space of our studio, and to hang out in our generous and homely kitchen, which is the very centre of DSDHA’s social life… even though it sometimes also migrates to the local pub next door!
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  63. 07.09.2015

    100% Design: What is Wrong with White?

    Thursday 24 September 2015
    12.15 - 1.00pm

    DSDHA’s Director David Hills, will join designer Morag Myerscough and contemporary artist, David Batchelor in a provocative discussion focussing on colour in architecture. Chaired by Peter Murray, this talk will examine how colour is used in architecture. Do architects suffer from chromophobia - the fear of colour, with many avoiding it, or applying it as an after thought? 

    Learn more about 100% Design seminar programme here.
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  64. 03.09.2015

    ETH Zurich: The Future of Open Building

    Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 September 2015
    Zurich, Switzerland 

    DSDHA's Associate and RCA PhD candidate John Zhang, will present a lecture on Vesta House: our gateway residential tower built for the 2012 London Olympic Village, and now at the heart of East Village. John will discuss how DSDHA's research methodology allowed the practice to achieve a multilayered sense of openness – social, environmental and programmatic – in the design and delivery of this highly complex project. The conference will bring together a distinguished group of academic and practitioners – including N. John Habraken, Lacaton & Vassals, and Urban Think Tank – to critically consider what the notion of 'open building' continues to offer within broader international contexts. 

    Learn more about the event here.
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  65. 03.09.2015

    Further Award Nominations for Covert House

    Great News! DSDHA’s experimental house has been shortlisted Best Non-Public Use for the Blueprint Awards 2015. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 22 October. 

    Read more about the project here.
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  66. 14.08.2015

    DSDHA Out and About: Studying Broadgate

    As part of our monthly Out and About organised by the practice, the whole team at DSDHA headed off to British Land’s Broadgate Estate to conduct in-depth, ground-based research on this very particular area of the City of London. DSDHA set out to identify latent opportunities which could inject new energy into Broadgate, link it at an urban scale with the diverse local neighbourhoods such as Shoreditch and Spitalfields and evolve its identity as an exciting piece of city.
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  67. 13.08.2015

    A Short Film About Norton Folgate and Blossom Street

    The Blossom Street project team – DSDHA, AHMM, Stanton Williams, Duggan Morris Architects – has created a short film about the architectural, social and economic aspirations behind the masterplan for the area. Featuring an interview with DSDHA's director David Hills, the film explores how the development will provide much-needed space for the tech and creative sectors, particularly for SMEs, while bringing vacant and underused buildings back into active use. 

    Watch the film and find out more about the scheme here.
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  68. 13.08.2015

    DSDHA’s Designs to the Test of Virtual Reality

    DSDHA are always looking to integrate emerging technologies with our design methodology. We are currently collaborating with visual artist Alex Lambert to trial the use of the Oculus Rift VR goggles as part of our 3D modelling process. This virtual reality head-mounted display will allow us to look and walk around our designs before they are built, literally stepping into our proposals and experiencing their spatial and urban qualities in an unprecedented immersive manner.
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  69. 23.07.2015

    DSDHA Out and About: Davenies School

    As part of the regular Friday Out and About organised by the practice, DSDHA recently visited the construction site of their project for Davenies School in Beaconsfield. An independent school set in the context of a beautiful listed building on the edge of the town centre, DSDHA’s design delivers a dynamic group of modern buildings to create a new Lower School, to cater for boys aged 2-8. 

    Read more about the project here


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  70. 22.07.2015

    HS2 Chairman's “Depressing" View of Design Slammed

    In a recent article appeared on the AJ, DSDHA’s Director, Deborah Saunt, has attacked David Higgins’ comments on the £40billion rail link. She said: ‘Having spent last year researching the design aims of HS2 with our post-graduate students we can see that HS2, like many current infrastructure projects, may rely on using a “one size fits all” kit of parts in order to apparently make the most of economies of scale, but this is a misguided approach upon further enquiry. HS2 appears to be applying a cookie cutter approach to infrastructure, which carries with it the huge detriment to the routes and villages severed by the new route but to the landscape too. It is the antithesis to the approach Brunel used on the Great Western Railway, which now boasts several listed structures.’ 

    To learn more about the current debate around HS2 read here.
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  71. 09.07.2015

    DSDHA’s Vesta House to Air on Grand Designs Tonight

    Grand Designs - Living in the City
    Thursday 9 July 2015
    8.00pm
    Channel 4

    The former London Olympic Village takes centre stage in a new episode of Grand Designs. Part of a special series about urban design and living, the programme will feature DSDHA’s Director, Deborah Saunt, talking about their project for Vesta House – the tallest building in Stratford’s East Village. The Grand Designs team filmed Vesta House’s main entrance, the atrium and the interior of an eight floor flat, where the owners, Frank Da Silva and Gianna Fanti, had the surreal experience of watching McCloud drink coffee in their kitchen during filming in February enjoying views across the new Queen Elizabeth Park.

    Read more about the project here.
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  72. 29.06.2015

    LFA On Site at Abell & Cleland

    Monday 29 June 2015
    6.30 – 8.00pm

    DSDHA and Berkeley Homes hosted an exclusive tour of Abell and Cleland construction site as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2015. The participants had the chance to admire the raw structure of this impressive new residential complex in the heart of Westminster, ahead of its completion in May 2016, and to get involved in a conversation with DSDHA’s Director, Deborah Saunt and Berkeley Homes’ Angus Michie, about the creative challenges of introducing contemporary design into a historic residential neighbourhood. 

    DSDHA’s scheme replaces two ex-government buildings on the site and provides a mix of private and affordable housing arranged around generous landscaped gardens along with over £1m of new public realm improvements. The design is informed by a rigorous analysis of the existing context resulting in a contemporary scheme which embodies high quality design and craftsmanship.  

    Read more about the project here.
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  73. 29.06.2015

    Topping Out Ceremony in the Heart of Westminster

    Monday 29 June 2015

    Deputy leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Robert Davis, Berkeley Homes founder, Tony Pidgley and DSDHA’s Director, Deborah Saunt ‘topped out’ the final floor of Abell House – the first of two buildings along with Cleland House - at our largest new central London development to date – in front of 40 key officials from Westminster, the Greater London Authority and Community Working Group.

    Read more about the project here.
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  74. 26.06.2015

    Unit 11: The Cass Summer Exhibitions 2015

    Friday 26 June – Saturday 4 July 2015

    DSDHA's students at The Cass School of Architecture, who have been researching 'Above and Below: Architecture and Underground Infrastructure' have launched their end of the year exhibition at the Cass. Do not miss the chance to explore the future of London’s underworld where the future role of architecture comes to a critical juncture - as infrastructure meets intimacy and the realms of engineering and personal space collide.

    Read more about DSDHA's Unit 11 here.
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  75. 18.05.2015

    Art, Design, Architecture and Fashion

    Talks programme at Art15 London's Global Art Fair
    In association with Wallpaper* Magazine
    Thursday 21 May 2015
    4.00pm 
    Art15 Olympia
    Olympia Way
    London W14 8UX


    Moderated by DSDHA’s Director David Hills, this talk explores how the industries of Art, Design and Fashion influence and converge with one another, with a direct influence on Contemporary Art Practice. Speakers include: Daniel Hopwood (President, British Institute of Interior Design), Sebastien Montabonel (Art Advisor and Founder of Alaska Editions Photography Publishers), Janet Laurence (Artist) and Osman Yousefzada (Fashion Designer).
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  76. 18.05.2015

    Reclaim the Street: Designing the Urban Commons

    Reclaim the Street : Designing the Urban Commons
    Clerkenwell Design Week 
    Thursday 21 May 2015
    4.30 - 5.30pm 

    Chaired by Peter Murray, this talk will see DSDHA’s Deborah Saunt, Renato Benedetti, Niels de Bruin and Kathryn Firth presenting their own approaches to public realm design and discussing their active efforts to restore open space to civic centres and improve the collective life of the city.
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  77. 18.05.2015

    The Changing Role of Risk in Architecture

    The Changing Role of Risk in Architecture
    National Architecture Conference 2015 
    Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 May 2015
    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
    1 Convention Centre Place
    South Wharf VIC 3006
    Australia


    The National Architecture Conference 2015 will bring together a range of keynote speakers from around the world to discuss what is the current role of risk in architecture. In one of the sessions DSDHA’s Deborah Saunt will discuss the way in which her practice engages risk as a productive element within their work. 

    The premise of the conference is that no one wants to be a safe architect. Safety assumes the conventional and the predictable. Who wants that? Unless of course you want to stay in business – because few builders, developers or government departments aspire to risk-taking, just as few EOIs require a respondent to demonstrate a capacity to take a risk and challenge an assumption. This event will explore the troubled nexus between the architectural necessity of risk-taking and a building environment predicated on the minimisation of risk.
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  78. 14.05.2015

    Covert House Shortlisted for RIBA Award

    Great News! Covert House has been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA London 2015 Awards. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 18th May.

    Built as a testbed for ideas on sustainability and domesticity under restrictive conservation area planning conditions, Covert House in an unorthodox, semi-underground house that challenges what it means to design a contemporary home. The project also acts as a case-study on the potential for unlocking backland sites to create architectural opportunities that, by subtly densifying our residential areas, respond to the urban necessity of building more houses close to the city centre.

    Read more about the project here.
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  79. 14.05.2015

    Ten Years of Public Space Delivery: Lessons for the Next Decade

    Tuesday 19 May 2015
    9.00am - 1.00pm
    New London Architecture (NLA) 
    The Building Centre
    26 Store Street
    London WC1E 7BT


    This NLA half-day conference speculates on what the city needs to do over the next decade to ensure it continues to design, deliver and maintain quality spaces for all. Nicola Ibbotson from DSDHA will present the Studio’s Urban Design Proposal for the rejuvenation of the West End Public Realm: a major project commissioned by Camden Council (due for completion in 2018), which is currently on display at the NLA’s Public London exhibition.
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  80. 01.05.2015

    Lecture at Ravensbourne

    Thursday 7 May 2015
    6.00 - 8.00pm
    Ravensbourne
    6 Penrose Way
    Greenwich Peninsula
    London SE10 0EW


    DSDHA's Director David Hills will be speaking at Ravensbourne, a specialist Design and Digital Media University based in London. The lecture will present research carried out within the DSDHA Studio, and explain how this has informed recent projects including designs for Greenwich Peninsula. 

    The scheme, which is currently on site, comprises a community hub for the whole neighbourhood in addition to three residential buildings. The event is part of a series of lectures organised by The Institute of Ideas.


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  81. Proposed View of Alfred Place
    24.02.2015

    De-Sanitizing the City: What is Public Space?

    Proposed View of Alfred Place
    The Future Cities Salon 
    Tuesday 3 March 2015
    7.00 - 8.30pm
    Tickets: £5 / £3 (students / concession) 

    DSDHA’s Director Deborah Saunt will be in conversation with Anna Minton, Jack Self, Claire Mookerjee and Alastair Donald. Chaired by Michael Owens, the debate will assess the status of public space in our cities. From the London Eye to the Westfield Shopping Centre, from Vinoly’s “Sky Garden” to Heatherwick’s and Lumley’s proposed new “Garden” bridge over the Thames – there is no doubt that much public space is privatised; as a result the public right to access it has become a fashionable concern. The invited speakers will question the implications of this apparent segmentation of the erstwhile “public realm” and propose ways of rethinking civil engagement in the public arena.
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  82. 23.01.2015

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    DSDHA is delighted to be one of three teams selected for the second stage of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Competition, along with Caruso St John and Latz+Partner

    The project will provide an overarching redevelopment for the hard landscape setting of the expanded Dockyard and to better integrate the buildings on site, both old and new. 

    In view of the nature of the site, its waterfront, its buildings and historic vessels, the combined goal of the collaborative approach between visual artists and winning architect is to engage a broad public in the current life, unique integrity, spatial qualities and history of the Historic Dockyard.   We will be collaborating with the acclaimed artist Nathan Coley and the landscape consultants LDA on our proposals.

    The overall masterplan is set to complete in 2017.

    Tags: Architecture DSDHA masterplan urban regeneration urban design landscaping landscape design Portsmouth Harbour Portsmouth Historic Dockyard artists visual artists urban Competition nathan coley LDA
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  83. 08.12.2014

    David Hills and Edmund de Waal in Conversation at Royal Academy

    Monday 8 December 2014
    6.30 - 7.45pm 
    Tickets: £12 / £6 (students / concession)

    The lecture will focus on the ongoing conversation between Architect David Hills and acclaimed Artist, Edmund de Waal, which has led to the creation of his two studio spaces in London, and the design of The Silver Building in Westminster, projects that combine the practices of art and architecture. 

    For more information, please click here.
    Tags: lecture research edmund de waal edmund de waal studio royal academy royal academy of the arts
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  84. 06.12.2014

    Monumentimals

    Monumental Masonry Exhibition
    Saturday 6 December 2014 - Saturday 24 January 2015
    10.00am - 5.00pm
    13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
    London WC2A 3BP

    The exhibition was the result of a collaboration between Sir John Soane’s Museum and Bompas & Parr, who together launched an open call for architects and designers to 'create epic monuments in a magnificent celebration of death.'
    Tags: news Monumental Masonry 3D Printing Exhibition Funerary Architecture Maggie’s Cancer Charity Soane Museum DSDHA Monumental Masonry Exhibition Sir John Soane Museum Auction Competition Arts and Culture Arts Bompas and Parr Charity Auction Monumentimals
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  85. 27.11.2014

    Santo Domingo - Design Capital of the Caribbean

    With its eight schools of architecture, Santo Domingo leads the way for design in the Caribbean. DSDHA has reached the final stage in an international design competition to design the masterplan of the historic city centre of Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and more specifically for the consolidation of the ruins of a colonial convent to create a new cultural building and an archeological complex. 

    David Hills will also be speaking in the Dominican Republic on 2 December 2014, as part of two-day International Conference on Contemporary Architecture in Historic Centres at UNIBE, alongside Rafael Moneo, Cristobal Valdez and Gonzalo Byrne.
    Tags: lecture News dominican republic masterplan
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  86. 22.11.2014

    Unit 11 at The Cass

    This year, DSDHA's Unit 11 at The Cass is exploring 'Above and Below', a brief that questions how infrastructure and building beneath, as well as above and around us, can influence design and how we live.

    The Unit field trip, led by Deborah Saunt, David Hills, Nicola Ibbotson and Matthew Lambert, took students to The National Gallery Scotland, where this photo of Dixon Jones' first-floor light-well was taken. 
    Tags: teaching research news unit 11 the cass London Metropolitan University DSDHA
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  87. 15.11.2014

    Deborah Saunt and Tom Greenall on 'Why Architecture Must Never Stand Still'

    Thursday 20 November 2014
    6.00pm
    Architectural Association School of Architecture
    36 Bedford Square
    London WC1B 3ES

    Two of DSDHA's Directors will present a lecture on the Practice's search for new forms of beauty through active design, research and agency. They will talk about projects spanning from macro-scaled urban strategies and infrastructure studies, such as the redesign of the area of Camden's West End in which the AA sits, though to individual, crafted buildings which celebrate materiality and the act of making within architecture, such as Alex Monroe’s Studio in Snowfields and the recently completed Covert House (pictured, photograph by Hélène Binet).
    Tags: AA lecture Alex Monroe Studio West End Covert House
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  88. 29.10.2014

    South Molton Street Shortlisted for Best New Place to Work Award

    The London Planning Awards has unveiled South Molton Street as one of the contenders for the Best New Place to Work Award. London Mayor, Boris Johnson, stated that these awards promote 'good quality planning to ensure London remains the best city in the world to live, work and visit.'

    Read more about the project here.
    Tags: South Molton Street awards London Planning London Planning Awards mixed-use residential work offices
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  89. 24.10.2014

    DSDHA Out and About: Wardour Street Visit

    For this month's Out and About, the practice visited Wardour Street, a residential project in the heart of bustling Soho, London.

    Collins Contractors showed us around the building's stripped interior with its industrial structure exposed in all its glory. Original steel beams, columns and brickwork could be seen throughout the site. Spread across five levels, including a small rooftop space, the scheme will build on the local character of semi-industrial workshops and warehouses. The existing architectural detailing, such as the brick facades and original metal-framed windows to the front elevation will be retained and refurbished to enhance the qualities of the existing building.

    Read more about the project here.
    Tags: out and about visit research wardour street news
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  90. 22.10.2014

    Alex Monroe Cover Feature in Homes & Property

    Alex Monroe Studio was dubbed a 'Gem of a Workplace', in The Evening Standard's Homes & Property supplement. The project was described as a versatile 'shop-cum-workshop-cum-home that is delicate yet robust, charming yet practical.'

    Read more about the project here.
    Tags: news article press alex monroe Alex Monroe Studio
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  91. 16.10.2014

    Alex Monroe Studio Featured in Baumeister Magazine

    We are delighted that Baumeister has featured the Alex Monroe Studio in this month's issue. Commending the design for its craftsmanship, they say: 'The narrow pilasters are hollow and handmade, corresponding to the intricate handiwork of the jewelers within.'

    Read more about the project here.
    Tags: Alex Monroe Studio Alex Monroe Snowsfield Southwark Studio jewellery studio press News article feature
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  92. 03.10.2014

    Award Triumph for Alex Monroe Studio at World Architecture Festival

    On the concluding day of the World Architecture Festival 2014, held in Singapore, DSDHA's Alex Monroe Studio won the Wood Excellence Award. 

    The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating, and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe. 

    Visit the award page here for more information.
    Tags: Awards Winner 2014 DSDHA Alex Monroe The Shard London Snowsfields
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  93. 02.10.2014

    Join DSDHA

    We are currently looking for talented and experienced individuals to join our studio. Positions are available with the opportunity to work on a range of exciting new architectural and public realm projects. 

    For more information please see the recruitment section at the bottom of the Contacts page, or click here.
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  94. 23.09.2014

    HAB Housing Wins CPRE Award

    DSDHA's HAB Oakus housing project in Cashes Green has been given a CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Award by its Gloucestershire Branch in recognition of the project's outstanding contribution to the environment and to the communities in the local area. 

    We weren't just interested in somewhere to live, but a place where the community would work together. We used to have it when we grew up, wanted it back again and Applewood has it. That sense of community. The individual bits - the houses, the allotments, the green space - all add up to something bigger than the parts. We're lucky to have the best of everything here - between the countryside and the vibrant, creative stuff going on in Stroud.

    - Sarah, Crockett & Rob, working couple and student son, Applewood - Stroud

    Visit the HAB Oakus Applewood website here to find out more.
    Tags: HAB housing HAB HAB Oakus Cashes Green residential
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  95. 09.09.2014

    Further Award and Nominations for Alex Monroe Studio

    DSDHA's Alex Monroe Studio has received the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. In addition, Alex Monroe Studio has been shortlisted for a Wood Excellence Award at the 2014 World Architecture Festival, as well as the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2014. 

    Read more about the project here.
    Tags: Awards Winner 2014 DSDHA Alex Monroe The Shard London Snowsfields
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  96. 01.07.2014

    Davenies School Site Webcam Goes Live!

    A live webcam has been installed on site at Davenies School, where DSDHA's proposal for a new school building will begin construction shortly this summer, with completion envisioned in 2015.

    Click here to view the webcam and read more about the project here.
    Tags: Davenies Davenies School schools education community
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  97. 10.06.2014

    Camden Council Launches DSDHA's West End Public Realm Project

    DSDHA's major urban design proposals for Camden’s 'West End Project – Transforming the Tottenham Court Road Area' have been launched. 

    This hugely significant project completes the final part of a giant jigsaw puzzle to rejuvenate the West End. Camden wants to make central London streets safer and boost business ahead of the opening of a new Crossrail station in 2018. 

    Go to project here. See project video here. And Read about BBC's coverage of the project here.
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  98. 10.06.2014

    DSDHA's Covert House Photograph Takes Part in the RA Summer Show

    DSDHA participates in its 9th RA Summer Show, this time showing Hélène Binet's photograph of the 'Covert House' The project lies hidden from view in Clapham Old Town, in the heart of a conservation area, just two miles from Parliament Square and London’s West End. Hélène Binet was invited to photograph its construction, recording the newly cast structure of what she termed the “concrete cottage”. Her images to capture the hybrid characteristics of both light and mass, of carved concrete forms, and of time passing, within a free-standing house which engages with nature with windows on all sides.

    See project page here.
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  99. 10.06.2014

    DSDHA@Venice 2014

    DSDHA have been out in force in Venice for the Biennale to be participate in the international conference 'Perspectives', run by the Italian architectural magazine 'The Plan', and to see two of our projects, St Anne’s Colchester and Christ College Guildford, in an exhibition of nominations for the EU Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Architecture
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  100. 03.06.2014

    David Hills to Speak at Block Magazine LFA Event

    Monday 17 June 2014
    6.00 - 8.00pm
    RIBA Bookshop
    Royal Institute of British Architects
    66 Portland Place 
    London W1B 1AD

    As part of the London Festival of Architecture, David Hills will be speaking at an event organised by Block Magazine, entitled 'Cities of Exchange: Exploring the New Urbanism and Landscapes of Commerce.'

    Read more about the event here.
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  101. 02.05.2014

    Kristien Ring to Visit DSDHA

    We're excited to have Kristien Ring, Architect and Curator, visit the Practice on Monday the 12th May to talk to us about her new book 'Self Made City.' 

    Kristien will also be talking to Parliament the on the 13th May about Collective Custom Build. 

    Read more here.

    Tags: Self Made City Berlin DSDHA Studio Talks Unit 11 Kristien Ring Collective Custom Build Parliament
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  102. 29.04.2014

    Unit 11 Launches HS2 Manifesto and Online Petition

    DSDHA's students at The Cass School of Architecture, who are researching 'beautiful infrastructures' have launched their online Parliamentary Manifesto and Petition entitled: HS2, WE DEMAND BEAUTY. Check out their full manifesto here.
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  103. 14.04.2014

    David Hills Visits Mendrisio

    In Mendrisio on Tuesday 15th of April? Join David Hills at the Architecture School as he lectures on DSDHA's creative processes.
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  104. 01.04.2014

    DSDHA Has Moved

    DSDHA has moved to its new studio!

    Find us at: 357 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall SE11 5QY

    All other contact information remains the same. 
    Tags: new studio dsdha News vauxhall
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  105. 25.02.2014

    Deborah Saunt Confirmed as Guest Speaker at Forthcoming RCA Architecture Research Symposium

    Wednesday 5 March 2014
    11.00am - 4.00pm 
    Dyson Lecture Theatre
    Royal College of Art (Battersea Campus)

    DSDHA Director Deborah Saunt will be a guest speaker at the forthcoming Royal College of Art School of Architecture Research Symposium, entitled 'Out of Practice'. 

    Deborah will introduce the PhD she recently completed as part of the RMIT Practice Research Programme. She will be discussing the role of the ‘PhD by Practice’ as a new paradigm in architectural research, in which a retrospective analysis of the researcher’s own past practice informs the intellectual and design agendas of the practising architect. 
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  106. 25.02.2014

    DSDHA Marylebone Lane Proposal Wins Planning Permission

    DSDHA have won planning for a residential development for 21 apartments on Marylebone Lane, Westminster.

    Design seeks to build on the qualities of the area whilst providing a contemporary, sustainable building that engages with the public realm, and embodies high quality design and craftsmanship.

    Read more about the project here.
    Tags: Marylebone Lane planning housing residential
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  107. 14.02.2014

    DSDHA's Valentine's Day Visit to Vesta House, East Village.

    As part of the Studio's Out and About programme, the Practice visited Vesta House, DSDHA's London 2012 Olympic Village housing project, now in its legacy phase and occupied by tenants of what is now named East Village.

    The practice was accompanied on their visit  by Tony O'Reilly of Get Living London, who provided a guided tour of the building's interior, from the generous atrium, to the two marketing apartments, as well as the communal roof garden.

    Read more about the project here.
    Tags: London Olympics visit out and about housing Olympic Village
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  108. 06.02.2014

    DSDHA Double Winner at Surface Design Awards 2014

    At the Surface Design Award 2014 ceremony held today at the Business Design Centre in London, DSDHA's South Molton Street Building, and Alex Monroe Studio were double winners in the category Retail Exterior Surface.

    The judges said that they 'couldn't separate the two finalists', and both DSDHA projects were given the award. 

    The Surface Design Awards are a part of the Surface Design Show, championing the innovation in building materials, facades systems, and construction techniques.


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  109. 28.01.2014

    Edward Simpson from DSDHA Takes Part in BSR Fine Arts Show 'Friday 13th'

    DSDHA's Edward Simpson, holder of the Rome Prize in Architecture 2013-2014, recently took part in the British School at Rome's Fine Arts Show 'Friday 13th'.

    The show showcased the works of current residents including our very own Edward Simpson. His work in Rome considers housing projects built during the period 1895 - 1982, and specifically the form and detail of shared and circulation spaces that connect the home to the street. Central to these studies are the resident's individual experience of this journey and the spaces within which residents are able to socialise.

    Visit The British School at Rome website here.

    Or Edward's personal blog here.
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  110. 28.01.2014

    Mock Up Facade Assembled for Abell and Cleland

    As works progress on site for DSDHA's Abell and Cleland buildings, a facade mock up was assembled to evaluate the quality of the materiality, facade system, and the finishing details. This is a critical part of the process to ensure that the visions set out in the original design intent are realised and protected. 
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  111. 17.01.2014

    DSDHA Out and About: The Slip House

    As part of the regular Friday Out and About organised by the practice, DSDHA recently visited the Slip House by Carl Turner Architects. 
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  112. 16.01.2014

    DSDHA's Olympic Village Design Story on Beyond2012.

    As part of the effort to champion the creative minds behind the success of the 2012 London Olympics, the Design Council created Beyond 2012, an online platform that documents and records the journeys and legacies of all the designers and architects involved with the Games. 

    Read DSDHA's own Design Story here.
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  113. 14.01.2014

    Deborah Saunt One of Guardian's 10 Women in Architecture to Watch in 2014

    DSDHA Director Deborah Saunt was one of Guardian's 'Ten Women in Architecture to Watch in 2014.' The online article forms part of the Guardian's Women in Leadership feature section.

    Read the article here.
    Tags: guardian women architecture leadership
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  114. 09.01.2014

    DSDHA Wins Stockwell Public Realm Competition

    DSDHA has won a competition to redevelop the public realm around Stockwell centre, in South London. 

    The proposal will seize the opportunity to create a dignified setting at the heart of Stockwell, to rebalance the public realm in favour of pedestrians and cyclists as much for traffic, and to consolidate the investment being made in the War Memorial Gardens.

    Read more about the project here.

    Tags: Stockwell public realm
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  115. 06.01.2014

    DSDHA's Alex Monroe Studio Featured in Detail

    DSDHA's Alex Monroe Studio was featured in this month's Detail magazine. The building is one of eight case study projects profiled in this latest issue, all with an innovative use of timber construction. The building was Highly Commended in the Small Projects category at the recent Wood Award 2013, and has also been shortlisted for a Surface Design Award.

    View the online Detail article here.
    Tags: Alex Monroe Studio Snowsfields Southwark
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  116. 03.12.2013

    Artwork Proposed for Vauxhall Pleasure Garden Columns

    A new design for artworks to be placed on top of the entrance columns at Vauxhall Pleasure Garden has been proposed. 

    The columns, designed by DSDHA, has planning permission for two statues to be erected on top. The proposal, two silhouette figures by the Artist Paola Piglia, is out for public consultation.

    Read more about the project here and visit the website of The Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Garden here.
    Tags: vauxhall pleasure gardens vauxhall public realm
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  117. 26.11.2013

    Alex Monroe Studio Receives Highly Commended Mention at Wood Awards 2013

    DSDHA's Alex Monroe Studio received a Highly Commended mention in the Small Projects category at the 2013 Wood Awards, held on the 19th of November.

    The judges said 'this beautiful building [makes] amazing use of a very tight site', 'They particularly liked the satisfying pairing of high-end jewellery with a simple building.'

    View the RIBA Journal's special Wood Awards feature here.
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  118. 25.11.2013

    DSDHA Projects Shortlisted for Surface Awards 2014

    DSDHA's Bosideng Store at South Molton Street, London, and Alex Monroe Studio at Snowsfields, London, are finalists in the Surface Awards 2014.

    South Molton Street is finalist in both the Commercial Exterior category, and the Retail Exterior Category.

    Alex Monroe Studio is also competing in the Retail Exterior Category.

    Visit the Surface Awards 2014 website here.
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  119. 21.11.2013

    DSDHA Celebrate Deborah Saunt's Completion of Practice Research PhD

    This week DSDHA celebrate our Director Deborah Saunt's completion of her RMIT Practice Research PhD with the presentation of her work at the Practice Research Symposium in Barcelona.
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  120. 19.11.2013

    Link Primary School Proceeds to Tender

    The designs for DSDHA's Link Primary School in Beddington has gone out to tender, with a view to secure a contractor and start construction on site in early 2014.

    DSDHA were first appointed in November 2010 to undertake a feasibility study for the future development of their co-educational special Primary School and Secondary School sites on Croydon Road in Beddington.

    The vision for the Link Primary and Secondary Schools is that their premises should secure their future as leading centres of specialist expertise, outstanding practice and professional development within their field.

    The redevelopment of the Primary School will be the first phase of a long-term strategy for the two schools.

    Read more about the project here.

    Tags: Link Primary School schools education community
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  121. 19.11.2013

    DSDHA's Davenies School Wins Planning Consent

    DSDHA's design for the extension to Davenies School for Boys in South Buckinghamshire has won planning consent. The proposal will provided much needed new teaching space that is embedded in the beautiful wooded natural surroundings on site.

    Read more about the project here.
    Tags: Davenies timber school education Davenies School
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  122. 12.11.2013

    Edmund de Waal on BBC's Imagine...

    DSDHA's long standing client and collaborator Edmund de Waal was the topic of the latest episode of 'Imagine...', the seminal BBC Arts TV programme. His new studio in South London, designed by DSDHA, was featured in the episode, now available on BBC iPlayer.

    Read more about Edmund de Waal's studio here.
    Tags: edmund de waal edmund de waal studio gallery studio
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  123. 09.11.2013

    DSDHA to Work on Royal Albert Hall Public Realm Improvement

    The Royal Albert Hall's South Steps was renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps, the Queen herself attended the occasion to unveil a new commemorative inlayed stonework. This marks the beginning of a wider project to 'improve and revise the public space around the Royal Albert Hall'. Deborah, holder of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowship in the Built Environment, will lead DSDHA in developing proposals to carry out this work. 

    Read more here.
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  124. 01.10.2013

    Edward Simpson from DSDHA Wins 2013 British School in Rome Prize

    DSDHA says good bye this week to our colleague Edward Simpson, who has won the British School in Rome Prize for 2013. Edward will be carrying out his research into Italian modernist housing based in Rome as part of a six month long sabbatical, concluding in a written thesis.
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  125. 01.10.2013

    DSDHA's John Zhang to Undertake Doctorate Studies at Royal College of Art

    John Zhang from DSDHA has embarked on a 3 year doctorate programme at the Royal College of Art to pursue a PhD in Architecture, starting this October. 

    Retaining his ongoing role at DSDHA, John's research will be focused on the identity of contemporary Chinese architecture and the future role of international practices in the changing professional paradigms in China.

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  126. 02.08.2013

    Royal Academy of Arts 2013

    'Fitzrovia Composition Study II' is the 8th project by DSDHA to have been chosen for inclusion in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.  

    This year's submission - a series of fine, small-scaled timber study models – demonstrates our commitment to innovation. Each maquette explores an option for a new roof form designed to crown a locally-listed Victorian warehouse on Whitfield Place that is to be converted to affordable housing in Fitzrovia. The proposed dynamic skyline was developed in close collaboration with Camden's planning department to create an appropriate contemporary response to compliment the robust simplicity of the existing brickwork building.

    This follows our successful entry in 2012 named 'Fitzrovia Study', a metal etched model of our proposed residential development on Charlotte Street, for Derwent London.

    Visit the RA website here.
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  127. 01.06.2013

    Three London Projects Shortlisted for Major Awards

    We are delighted that our South Molton Street Building has been shortlisted for the RIBA Awards, RICS Awards and the New London Awards. 

    In addition Alex Monroe's Jewellery Studio, Snowsfields has also been shortlisted for an RIBA Award, along with our residential building for London 2012 Olympics - as part of the overall East Village masterplan submission. 

    Meanwhile, our residential building for London 2012 Olympics has also been shortlisted for an RIBA Award - as part of the overall East Village masterplan submission. 
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  128. 28.05.2013

    A Jewel Box

    Alex Monroe's Southwark Jewellery Studio on Snowsfields is reviewed in Building Design: 

    The building makes a picture of the world around it, drawing seamlessly irreconcilable parts into an artistically considered whole. In a London that grows ever more heterogeneous by the year, it is a strategy that carries continued relevance.

    Read the full review here.
    Tags: News Southwark
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  129. 23.05.2013

    Crafting The City

    DSDHA's crafted approach to scale and tectonics has revitalised South Molton Street...In a subtle duality, scale is suppressed from afar but expressed close up, an accomplished feat in DSDHA's first large urban building.

    - Felix Mara, Architects Journal

    Read the article on AJ Online here.
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  130. 04.03.2013

    DSDHA Studio Study Trip Rome, March 2013

    As a design-led Practice, we value how much we can learn from the great architecture and public spaces of the past.

    With this in mind,  the whole team at DSDHA have just spent a full 3 days on a study trip to Rome to sketch, explore and investigate works ranging from St.Peter's to the Villa D'Este, Sant' Ivo to The Pantheon, learning how to tell the difference between Borromini and Bernini, the Renaissance and the Baroque and much else besides!
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  131. 04.03.2013

    DSDHA Lecture, Biel, Switzerland

    Deborah Saunt has been invited to be present a lecture on the architecture and urban design work of the studio DSDHA in Biel, Switzerland. 

    The lecture will focus on our recent projects for the Athletes' Village housing for the London 2012 Olympics, our new South Molton Street Building and the Alex Monroe Studio in the shadow of The Shard.
    Tags: Switzerland London Olympics
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  132. 31.12.2012

    New Logo

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