London School of Architecture

DSDHA director Deborah Saunt is the Director of Inter-Practice at the newly founded London School of Architecture (LSA), a cutting-edge, bottom-up initiative, which aims at bridging the gap between academia and practice and promises to democratise architectural education, by making it more affordable and therefore more accessible. 
With its innovative 'cost-neutral' financial model, the LSA offers an alternative route through the profession while providing an answer to the crisis affecting British education – which is expensive and out of touch both with the realities of working in practice and the urgencies of the world outside of the academy.

The LSA offers a distinctive two-year postgraduate programme that is delivered by world-renowned architects and tutors and is supported by over 40 cutting-edge London-based architectural practices. These include: DSDHA, Skene Catling de la Peña, Assemble, Red Deer, Citizens Design Bureau, vPPR, AOC, Carmody Groarke, Duggan Morris, Grimshaw and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – along with their associated networks of consultants, clients, engineers and artists. 

In order to remain 'cost neutral' for the students, the school uses the city as its 'campus', in this way it provides both real-world learning and reduces overheads – savings that are passed on to students in the form of lower fees. 

Instead of segregating itself from the city, like traditional university buildings, the LSA doesn’t have an institutional base, but is essentially a network that plugs into existing institutions, making the most of underused resources across London and testing each time different forms of collaboration. A library here, a lecture theatre there – workshops, event spaces, private members’ clubs, galleries, gyms and so on – all ‘borrowed’ from existing infrastructures. 

The First Year is the Inter-Practice Year, where students are employed three days per week by a practice (and paid a minimum of £12K p.a., which covers the overall tuition fee), and work on school projects ‘between’ the practices on the other two days per week. In the second year they concentrate on their final thesis. 

Directed by Deborah Saunt, the First Year’s five modules place an emphasis on urban-scale and collaborative work, with the Design Think Tanks – a research platform to which both the students and the practices involved in the school participate – harnessing the power of collaborative endeavour and shared purpose to engage in global design conversations at the forefront of the discipline.  

Architectural Agency

Led by Matthew Dalziel from Interrobang and Will Hunter from the LSA, Architectural Agency explores the power of the architect. Its practice members are Carmody Groarke, Haworth Tompkins, Hut, Interrobang, IF_DO, Liddicoat & Goldhill, Mikhail Riches, PDP London, and Studio Octopi; and its student members are Raphael Arthur, Chiara Barrett, Ian Campbell, Jack Idle, Fabio Maiolin, Phoebe Nickols and Fiona Stewart.

Unstable City

Led by Petra Havelska and Igor Marko from Marko & Placemakers and Paolo Vimercati from Grimshaw, Unstable City explores spatial strategies for the changing metropolis. Its practice members are AHMM, Alma-nac, Citizens Design Bureau, Grimshaw, Marko & Placemakers, Scott Brownrigg, Studio Egret West and 51% Studio; and its student members are Alaric Campbell-Garratt, Oscar Hårleman, Phelan Heinsohn, Duncan McNaughton, Ferghal Moran, Dawa Pratten and Aleksandar Stojakovic.

New Knowledge

Led by Javier Quintana from Idom and Lionel Real de Azúa from Red Deer, New Knowledge explores architecture’s critical intersection with other disciplines. Its practice members are DSDHA, Idom, Prewett Bizley, Red Deer, RSH+P, Soda, WHAT_Architecture and 5th Studio; and its student members are Rachel Bow, Maeve Dolan, Stuart Goldsworthy-Trapp, Frazer Haviz, Vanessa Jobb, Timothy Ng and Milly Salisbury.

Emerging Tools

Led by Dave Lomax from Waugh Thistleton and George Wade from aLL Design, Emerging Tools explores designing, building and making in the 21st century. Its practice members are aLL Design, C.F. Moller, Farrells, Nex, Tate Harmer and Waugh Thistleton; and its student members are Nathaniel Amissah, Alexander Frehse, Daniel Lee, Timm-Laurens Lindstedt, Andrea Nolan and Roel Schiffers.

Adaptive Typologies

Led by Carol Costello from Cullinan Studio and Emma Flynn from AStudio, Adaptive Typologies explores building types for tomorrow’s needs and desires. Its practice members are Allies and Morrison, AStudio, Aukett Swanke, Cullinan Studio, Duggan Morris, Jestico + Whiles, Orms and Solid Space; and its student members are Emily Fribbance, Nick Keen, James Mackenzie and Emiliano Zavala.

- See more at: https://designmuseum.org/member-priority-booking-for-talks-and-events/london-school-of-architecture-show-and-tell-ideas-for-london#sthash.lvfmZqL5.dpuf

Architectural Agency

Led by Matthew Dalziel from Interrobang and Will Hunter from the LSA, Architectural Agency explores the power of the architect. Its practice members are Carmody Groarke, Haworth Tompkins, Hut, Interrobang, IF_DO, Liddicoat & Goldhill, Mikhail Riches, PDP London, and Studio Octopi; and its student members are Raphael Arthur, Chiara Barrett, Ian Campbell, Jack Idle, Fabio Maiolin, Phoebe Nickols and Fiona Stewart.

Unstable City

Led by Petra Havelska and Igor Marko from Marko & Placemakers and Paolo Vimercati from Grimshaw, Unstable City explores spatial strategies for the changing metropolis. Its practice members are AHMM, Alma-nac, Citizens Design Bureau, Grimshaw, Marko & Placemakers, Scott Brownrigg, Studio Egret West and 51% Studio; and its student members are Alaric Campbell-Garratt, Oscar Hårleman, Phelan Heinsohn, Duncan McNaughton, Ferghal Moran, Dawa Pratten and Aleksandar Stojakovic.

New Knowledge

Led by Javier Quintana from Idom and Lionel Real de Azúa from Red Deer, New Knowledge explores architecture’s critical intersection with other disciplines. Its practice members are DSDHA, Idom, Prewett Bizley, Red Deer, RSH+P, Soda, WHAT_Architecture and 5th Studio; and its student members are Rachel Bow, Maeve Dolan, Stuart Goldsworthy-Trapp, Frazer Haviz, Vanessa Jobb, Timothy Ng and Milly Salisbury.

Emerging Tools

Led by Dave Lomax from Waugh Thistleton and George Wade from aLL Design, Emerging Tools explores designing, building and making in the 21st century. Its practice members are aLL Design, C.F. Moller, Farrells, Nex, Tate Harmer and Waugh Thistleton; and its student members are Nathaniel Amissah, Alexander Frehse, Daniel Lee, Timm-Laurens Lindstedt, Andrea Nolan and Roel Schiffers.

Adaptive Typologies

Led by Carol Costello from Cullinan Studio and Emma Flynn from AStudio, Adaptive Typologies explores building types for tomorrow’s needs and desires. Its practice members are Allies and Morrison, AStudio, Aukett Swanke, Cullinan Studio, Duggan Morris, Jestico + Whiles, Orms and Solid Space; and its student members are Emily Fribbance, Nick Keen, James Mackenzie and Emiliano Zavala.

- See more at: https://designmuseum.org/member-priority-booking-for-talks-and-events/london-school-of-architecture-show-and-tell-ideas-for-london#sthash.lvfmZqL5.dpuf
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